Re: [OPE] Inside OPE’s minds.

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From: Gerald Levy <>
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Subject: Re: [OPE] Inside OPE’s minds.

> 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


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

e "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,


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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