Date: Sun Mar 09 2003 - 12:14:31 EST
Following Jerry’s : It seems to me also that the situation in Venezuela resembles to what had been described by Trotsky and Lenin as Dual Power. However, the Iranian Revolution, as well other cases from the past call us to be very cautious with what may underlie a Dual Power expressed on the political or state level: It is not necessarily on the one hand the block of bourgeoisie social forces, challenged by the proletarian or popular forces (aiming at an anti-capitalist class power) on the other. It may well be a severe hegemony crisis expressed (erupting itself) in a fatal fight between two bourgeoisie forms of power (or strategies), each one forming coalitions with different popular classes or strata. I do not have any idea of the actual situation in Venezuela. (However, I very much esteem the theoretical and political views of Marta Harnecker and other comrades who support Chaves). I am asking this question simply because it seems to me that coups like the ones of Naser in Egypt, Sadam in Iraq etc., or revolutions (TYPICALLY TAKING PLACE AFTER A PERIOD OF DUAL POWER) like the one of Khomeini in Iran were not anti-capitalist revolutions but political reshufflings expressing the interests of pre-industrial capitalist forces (the BAZAAR), or/and state capitalism. Comradely, John M.
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