Re: [OPE-L] Venezuela After the Referendum

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Thu Dec 06 2007 - 15:46:17 EST

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--On 12/6/2007 4:42 AM -0500 Dogan Goecmen wrote:

> In Venezuela when the existence of Bolivarian government was at stake
> they supported it. At the moment they seem to be not sure about how to
> continue and to build socialism. It is also clear that they do not want
> to go back to the old regime with neoliberal policies. This is exactly a
> situation in which a strong leadership is needed - not to suppress the
> masses but to insist on the neccessity of the deepening the revolutionary
> change for socialism.

I don't understand.  In fact, I think 'they' are not 'sure' because they
have not gotten a clear message from the government that this is REALLY
about them.  That is, the contradictory message of proposing decent
economic changes as constitutional issues, rather than legislative ones,
and tying these into a) eliminating Chavez's term limit, b) adding to his
powers administrative regional appointees, and c) setting up broader
marital law powers, leaves genuine reason to doubt the sincerity of the

Dogan, I suggest the responsibility for the problem belongs with the
government, not the lack of preparedness of workers for socialism.


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