Bolivarianism and Bonapartism

Submitted by SJW on 5 July, 2018 - 6:01 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Chavez and Bolivar

El Cinco de Julio (July 5) is Venezuelan Independence Day. It marks the day in 1811 when a congress of Venezuelan provinces declared Venezuela’s separation from the Spanish Crown. In doing so, Venezuela became the first Spanish American colony to declare independence. For most Venezuelans, this is a day to commemorate not only the initial signatories to the Declaration of Independence, but also the major figures in the broader fight for national liberation from Spanish rule. Chief amongst these is Simón Bolívar, popularly known as El Libertador.

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Venezuela: workers’ Third Camp needed

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 7:32 Author: Pablo Velasco
Nicolas Maduro

Nicolás Maduro, the successor to Hugo Chávez, won the Venezuelan presidential election on 20 May – a result that offers little for workers in Venezuela or elsewhere in Latin America.
Maduro received two-thirds (67%) of the vote, defeating rivals Henri Falcón (21%), Javier Bertucci (10%) and Reinaldo Quijada (<1%), with turnout less than 50%.

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Maduro stabilises authoritarian regime

Submitted by AWL on 5 March, 2018 - 1:34 Author: Pablo Velasco

The Bonapartist regime in Venezuela has stabilised its rule for now, but is becoming increasingly authoritarian while still failing to meet the elementary needs of workers. Nicolas Maduro’s regime has managed to quell right-wing opposition protests through a combination of repression and gerrymandering. The government faced down last year’s opposition demonstrations and proceeded to establish a parallel parliament – the National Constituent Assembly, breaking the stalemate in the legislature.

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Venezuelan crisis deepens

Submitted by cathy n on 12 August, 2017 - 7:29 Author: Pablo Velasco

Venezuela’s growing social polarisation and slide towards civil war has intensified in recent weeks, the combined result of right-wing destabilisation and the actions of the Maduro government.

The current political impasse arises from the unravelling of the “Bolivarian” project of Hugo Chávez. His successor Nicolás Maduro narrowly won the presidential election in 2013, but failed to retain the regime’s popularity with the majority of Venezuelan people.

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The meaning behind the Venezuelan election

Submitted by cathy n on 4 August, 2017 - 12:17 Author: Argument pour la lutte sociale

On Sunday 30 July, so-called elections took place to a so-called Constituent Assembly in Venezuela. It is important, for the future, the revolution, and democracy, not to fool ourselves about the meanings of the words being used here.

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The waning of Chavismo?

Submitted by Matthew on 24 May, 2017 - 10:21 Author: Pablo Velasco

For the last seven weeks Venezuela has experienced violent opposition protests intent on toppling the elected Maduro government. Since the beginning of April, over 50 people have been killed during demonstrations orchestrated by the right-wing Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD – Democratic Unity Table).

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Venezuela: shift to the right

Submitted by Matthew on 18 May, 2016 - 10:27

The government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela is in trouble. Destabilisation after the death of Hugo Chavez has fractured the government’s political base. An economic crisis due to low oil prices, and mobilisations by the political right, have brought the government to a state of collapse.

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Right tries to overthrow Chavistas

Submitted by AWL on 25 February, 2014 - 8:07

Recent bloody demonstrations in Venezuela are part of a concerted attempt by the neoliberal right-wing section of the ruling class to destabilise and ultimately replace the chavista government of Nicolás Maduro.

The Venezuelanalysis website says at least ten people were killed during the protests and the army are now on the streets. These mobilisations, it must be stressed, are led by reactionaries.

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Chávez’s Trotskyist cheerleaders

Submitted by Matthew on 18 September, 2013 - 12:32

Pablo Velasco concludes his assessment of Hugo Chávez’s political legacy and the relationship of the “Bolivarian” state to Venezuela’s working class. In this article, he looks at the attitude of international Trotskyism, and particularly the “International Marxist Tendency” to Chávez.

The accommodation and prostration of the apparently “Trotskyist” left to Chávez was one of the principal signifiers of a wider ideological collapse of socialism that took place in the early years of this century.

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Assessing Chavismo

Submitted by Matthew on 7 August, 2013 - 5:31

Pablo Velasco continues his assessment of the legacy of Hugo Chávez by looking at some of the aspects of his government most lauded by the left.

Probably the most common argument made by pro-Chávez supporters is that the extent of welfare spending makes Chavismo a social-democratic reformist project that socialists should support, albeit critically.

The Chávez government prioritised the “missions”, programmes in the areas of health (Barrio Adentro), education (Robinson, Ribas and Sucre) and food distribution (Mercal).

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