Venezuela's revolution

DSP NE report: The Bolivarian revolution and the struggle for ‘socialism of the 21st century’

By Stuart Munckton

[The following article on developments in the Bolivarian revolution is based on a report given by Stuart Munckton to the September 8 2008 National Executive. The general line was adopted unanimously.]

Marxist academic Michael Lebowitz, in his June 5 presentation to a Canadian audience, titled “A spectre is haunting capitalism: It is the spectre of Socialism of the 21st century” (posted at <<www.links.org.au>>), commented that, “Increasingly, the characteristics of this spectre are becoming clear, and we are able to see enough to understand what it is not. The only thing that is not clear at this point is whether the spectre is real – i.e., whether it is actually an earthly presence.”

Determining the class nature of the state

By Simon Butler, Adelaide branch

[The following is a constribution to the DSP's internal discussion on Venezuela's revolution.]

Comrade Marce Cameron’s recent article “The State and Revolution in Venezuela” (Marce Cameron, The Activist Vol 17, # 1) contains a lengthy discussion on the Marxist view of the state and the class nature of Venezuelan state in particular. As part of his discussion Comrade Marce introduces a new but mistaken criteria for identifying for class nature of a state.

The state and revolution in Venezuela

By Marce Cameron, Syndey branch

[The following is a constribution to the DSP's internal discussion on Venezuela's revolution.]

Comrade Stuart Munckton’s discussion contribution “Venezuela’s battle in the countryside and the ‘revolution within the revolution’” (The Activist Volume 16, No. 8) takes up the important question of the class nature of the Venezuelan state.

Venezuela's battle in the countryside and the 'revolution within the revolution'

By Stuart Munckton, Sydney branch

[The following is a constribution to the DSP's internal discussion on Venezuela's revolution.]

In mid-September, the Ezquiel Zamora National Campesino Front (FNCEZ), one of the two major peasant organisations in Venezuela, released a statement entitled “Let us fight the neoliberals who have infiltrated the revolution”, in response to the arrest of a number of peasants by police for their role in a FNCEZ-organised occupation of the Corporation of the Andes central offices. CorpoAndes is a state institution whose role is to oversee economic development in the region.

Understanding the Bolivarian revolution

By Stuart Munckton

[Based on the talk presented to the DSP Socialist Summer School January 4-7, 2007]

Introduction

In this talk I want to look at some of the key lessons that can be drawn out of the Bolivarian revolution, eight years in from the election of Hugo Chavez as president in December 1998.

These lessons are crucial because it is the first revolution to open up since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990s that supposedly ended the question of revolution. This had a big impact on radicals around the world, as well as mass consciousness. It raised the question of whether it was even possible to struggle against the crimes of the system at all. A whole of lot of lessons from the 20th century, things often understood by radicals as given truths, were thrown out. In some ways it amounted to a counterrevolution in consciousness.

Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution, February 2003-December 2006

By Katherine Bradstreet

[Part two of an introduction to the Bolivarian Revolution, covering the period February 2003 to December 2006, presented at the DSP Socialist Summer School, Sydney, January 2007. Part one, covering January 1958 to February 2003, was presented by Marcus Pabian.]

Since the end of 2002, there have been huge developments in Venezuela. This next part of the workshop will go through some of the initiatives that have been undertaken, and will try to put together a bit of a picture of the revolution.

Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution, January 1958-February 2003

By Marcus Pabian

[Part one of an introduction to the Bolivarian Revolution, covering the period January 1958 to February 2003, presented at the DSP Socialist Summer School, Sydney January 2007, in the series on Latin America. Part two, covering February 2003 to December 2006, was presented by Katherine Bradstreet]

The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela has established a socialist revolution in the 21st century that is winning the support of millions of people.

Understanding Venezuela's revolution: documents and discussion

The DSP has decided to begin publishing its reports, discussions and debate on developments in the Venezuelan revolution from the DSP's internal bulletin The Activist on its website. (The most recent reports of the DSP will be posted first then earlier material will be progressively added.)

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