Re: [OPE] Inside OPE’s minds.

From: paul bullock <>
Date: Sun Oct 05 2008 - 18:36:26 EDT

Very good Gerry,

as for this exchange, I think we've 'Adanufunow..

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Gerald Levy
  To: Outline on Political Economy mailing list
  Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 11:41 AM
  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 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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