Re: [OPE-L] Hugo Chavez on _Build It Now: Socialism for the Twenty-First Century_

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Sat Sep 23 2006 - 18:40:40 EDT

At 14:44 23/09/2006, Jerry wrote:
>President Chavez  has made Naom Chomsky's _Hegemony or
>Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance_ a best seller.   Could
>he do the same for Mike L's book?
>Mike L:  I'm assuming you sent him a copy, right?  Did you get
>any feedback yet from him and other Bolivarians in Venezuela?

He's seen some of the chapters as early versions were translated into
Spanish, and he talked about the concluding chapter, 'the revolution
of radical needs: behind the bolivarian choice of a socialist path',
on 'Alo Presidente' #252 in April. I don't know how much beyond the
title he got--- I did call for a new party and stressed the need for
a cultural revolution, which he has since talked about, but these are
pretty obvious points. The book will be out next month here, so I'll
get him a copy then. (I reserved Latin American rights, so if there's
any interest elsewhere.....) Meanwhile, I've had very good reactions
here to Ch. 5, 'Socialism doesn't drop from the sky', which the
Ministry of Communication and Information published as a free
booklet; we've been distributing it at Centro Internacional Miranda
events (eg., a 3 day conference on the external debt and banco del
sur that OPE-Ler Claudio Katz presented at today), and I was embraced
and thanked for it today by a person who fought along with Che and is
here working with a new medical school. The same piece has come out
in versions in 2 different states, and it is due to be published this
year in Cuba as well.
         Any feedback from Bolivarians and others in the US and
                 in solidarity,
Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6

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