Brodzinsky's article ("Leftwing dictator or saviour of
the poor: Chavez faces new challenge to his rule") fits into the pattern of
half-truths and open lies that characterises the media coverage of the
Bolivarian revolution. We expect this kind of thing from The Economist (which
openly calls for "regime change") but not from the Guardian.We could not believe our eyes!
We sent a letter to
the Guardian (published on Thursday, May 25), but because this comes from a
paper seen as "progressive" by many, we are providing a more detailed
This is the reply to a letter we received from an Irish supporter of the Hands
Off Venezuela international solidarity campaign who points to a number of criticisms of Chavez and his policies that
found on a socialist web site. Jorge Martin replies to these points in order to
clarify what is really happening in Venezuela.
The attitude to revolution is the acid test for revolutionaries. Yet surprisingly many of those who call themselves Marxists have proved organically incapable of understanding the Venezuelan revolution or intervening in it. Two years ago, when the attempted coup against the Chavez government was defeated by the revolutionary movement of the masses, the response of most of the Left internationally was a deafening silence. Now the ultra-left have suddenly been getting hot under the collar - not about the Venezuelan revolution, but about the apparent opportunism of the Marxist tendency, gathered around this web site. Alan Woods points out a few elementary points that to any serious Marxist would be ABC.
The Marxists in Canada are launching a new website – www.marxist.ca, and a new publication – Fightback. We support their call for all Canadians who read In Defence of Marxism and agree with the ideas of the International Marxist Tendency to contact them and join their fight. We welcome Fightback and www.marxist.ca as new comrades in the struggle, and we are confident that they will become the key organisers for revolutionaries in Canada. We are publishing three articles from issue #1 of Fightback.
After nearly four years of attacks by the Gordon Campbell Liberals,
British Columbia workers are fighting back. With the NDP in a position
to win May’s provincial election, a major confrontation is set to take
place between rank-and-file workers and the leaders of the NDP and
labour movement. The task of the Marxists is to penetrate these
organizations and sow them with ideas that can win.
Ian Angus’ book Canadian Bolsheviks details the birth,
growth, and eventual Stalinist degeneration of the Communist Party of
Canada and also details the lessons learned by the early communists
while building the most successful revolutionary party in Canada’s