The decree of expropriation of Venepal in January this year was a major turning point in the Venezuelan revolution. The decision to nationalise Venepal and put it under the administration of the workers, and the very high profile way in which the decision was taken, was bound to have an impact amongst other groups of workers in the same situation.

On Sunday August 8, the biggest march in the history of Venezuela took place in Caracas. The masses poured onto the streets of the capital in a rousing finale to the campaign on the referendum. This was a resounding reply to all the accusations in the bourgeois press that the Bolivarian Movement had lost its mass base.

From the beginning the privately owned media and the leaders of the right wing opposition have tried to minimise and ridicule the discovery and arrest of foreign paramilitaries in Venezuela, as did the US government. But the truth is that there are clear links between these groups of "irregulars" and the Venezuelan and Colombian oligarchies, with the helping hand of the US.

The arrests near Caracas on Sunday of up to 80 Colombian paramilitaries linked to the political opposition confirm suspicions that the counterrevolution is resorting to ever more desperate and violent measures to overthrow the government of Hugo Chavez. It is quite clear that the captured men were being trained by the opposition to stage a coup.

The International event took place in Caracas from April 13 to April 15. The dates were chosen to commemorate the massive reaction of the workers and the people which defeated, in less than 48 hours, the reactionary military coup of Pedro Carmona two years ago. More than 150 international guests were present during the events as well as thousands of Venezuelan revolutionaries.

Chavez, the President of Venezuela, does a regular TV programme, Alo Presidente. In the latest one he dedicated twenty minutes to In Defence of Marxism (www.marxist.com). Chavez had received a copy of Reason in Revolt sent to him and personally signed by Alan Woods. Chavez spent the whole time on the programme with the book in his hands. And towards the end of the programme, after having congratulated Zapatero and the Spanish people for having won the elections, he explained that the book had been sent to him by Alan Woods.

MARXIST.COM HOLIDAY BREAK

In Defence of Marxism will be publishing irregularly over the holiday period, and will resume regular output on 1 September.

Join us!

Help build the forces of Marxism worldwide!

Join the IMT!

Upcoming Events

Revolution 2018 - a three-day festival of Marxist ideas

(Date: 19 Oct 06 pm - 21 Oct 06 pm )
Calendar: In Defence of Marxism
Malet Street, WC1E 7HY London, United Kingdom
19 Oct 6:00 pm (BST) - 21 Oct 6:00 pm (BST)
Revolution 2018 - a three-day festival of Marxist ideas
Revolution 2018 is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, In Defence...
Free event
Revolution 2018 is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, In Defence of Marxism, and the Marxist Student Federation, with talks and discussions on current events, history, philosophy, and economics.

This year's event commemorates the revolutionary events of 1968 - a year that saw massive movements and protests by workers and students across the world: from the civil rights movement in the USA, to the dramatic events of May '68 in France.

50 years on, with the status quo collapsing all around us, these movements provide important and inspiring lessons for activists looking to organise, fight, and transform the world today.

Buy your ticket now for this exciting Marxist festival and join the revolution!

Topics include:

Rosa Luxemburg and the 1918 German Revolution
The French Revolution of May 68
Martin Luther King and the black struggle
The Suffragettes and the fight for equality: a century of struggle
The Vietnam War
How do we fight the far right?
Artificial intelligence and nature of consciousness
The first 100 days in power: what should Corbyn do?
From barter to Bitcoin: what is money?
From abortion rights to feminist strikes: the fight for women's emancipation today
Trade wars - what are they good for?
The 2008 crash to now - a decade of crisis
Dialectics: from Hegel to Marx
The crisis of liberalism
How did capitalism come into being?
The English Civil War
James Connolly and the struggle for Irish independence
Speakers include:

Alan Woods - author of Reason in Revolt
Rob Sewell - author of Germany: from Revolution to Counter-Revolution
Marie Frederiksen - author of Reclaiming Rosa Luxembourg: a true revolutionary
Fred Weston - editor of In Defence of Marxism
Adam Booth - author of Understanding Marx's Capital
Daniel Morley - regular writer for www.socialist.net
Natasha Sorrell - NEU activist

------------------------------------------------------------

E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to book your place.

Tickets:
£10 unwaged/students
£25 waged
£40 solidarity

Please note: accommodation is available on a first come, first served basis. This will be provided in hostels and on spare beds, sofas, and extra mattresses, on the basis of needs. If you require accommodation, please add an accommodation ticket (or two) to your order, available for £5 per ticket (one ticket = one night of accommodation).

If you have space available to accommodate other attendees, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also ask that all those attending from London add an additional £10 donation to their order. This is to help subsidise the extra costs involved for those travelling from further afield.