Re: [OPE] Inside OPE’s minds.

From: Gerald Levy <>
Date: Wed Sep 24 2008 - 06:41:44 EDT

> This test revels that you have either to revise your position toward left-wing dictatorships and
> left authoritarian leaders, or that there is some confusion in your standard of values.

Hi Alejandro:

Yes, it is a sure sign of a "left-wing dictatorship" that workers' control is spreading
throughout industry and that Chavez is President _now_ after the masses spontaneously
took to the streets in 2002 and refused to let the junta stand. Land reform in Bolivia and
Venezuela are also sure signs of dictatorship - all of these changes are just _so_ unfair
to wealthy landowners, (domestic and international) capitalists, transnational corporations,
friendly governments (like the US), benign international lending agencies (like the
World Bank) and cronies of the old regime. Shame, shame on Chavez! Is it my
standard of values which need to be revised or yours? Do you favor workers'
control, nationalization, and land reform?

There _may_ have been some violations of democratic rights towards the
(right-wing, neo-fascist) opposition in Venezuela, but to blame that on
the "dictatorship" of Chavez shows that one does not comprehend the
characteristics and complexity of the Bolivarian movement - a movement
which has many different perspectives and political tendencies. Chavez
"controls" that movement rather loosely - like a shepherd of cats.

In solidarity, Jerry

PS: I feel your pain towards Castro and Cuba. Just think of how much
less suffering there would have been there had Cuba just agreed to
maintain its neo-colonial relationship with the US! How awful of them
to demand self-determination and true independence. Bad, bad Castro!

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