The Venezuelan revolution is at the crossroads. Having twice defeated the counterrevolution, the revolution is faced with a new and furious offensive on the part of the oligarchy and its imperialist backers. How can the revolution stop reaction? The only way is by completing the revolutionary process. The workers must take power.
Morale is of vital importance in a revolution. The masses have
demonstrated that they are prepared to fight to defend the revolution.
How much more enthusiastically would they fight
if they had the power in their hands? It is impossible to hold down an
entire people, when the people is armed and mobilised. So the taking of
power is the key. Either the greatest of victories or the most terrible
of defeats – that is the choice before the Venezuelan revolution.
In Venezuela the revolutionary process has been overwhelmingly
supported by the
population in seven successive elections during the last 5 years. The
so-called "democratic" opposition represents the interests of an
for decades has controlled the natural resources of the country and
want to renounce its privileges. With their power challenged, they've
levers of the mass media at their disposal to propagate slanders and
Chavez and the Bolivarian movement. Their allies in America have
But not one of these falsehoods can stand when confronted by a few
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.