Re: revolutionaries?

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Mon Dec 22 2003 - 17:04:52 EST

         You are asking some pretty heavy questions that involve a lot to
answer. I'm hoping to have a better sense of details like that before I
write a paper for May. (Right now, I'm way behind in a paper for the
February Globalisation conference in Havana.) Suffice it to say, though,
that I think that the actual transformation of the economy hasn't gone very
far yet, that the opposition has played a major role in advancing this
process and that a revolutionary mass has been created. There's more to
say, but some other time--- maybe after I've returned to Caracas in a few
weeks. Sorry.
         Hope you'll answer the questions I posed.

At 14:55 22/12/2003, you wrote:
>What are the details of the revolutionary land reform programme? And
>were all the preferential deals given to foreign investors really
>pre-Chavez? Also what lessons are generalizable from the experience
>of one of the few rentier states in the world? Lastly, what rights
>has labor won as Chavez turns off the refining and transport business
>to foreign investors?

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