Responding to US Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' dismissal of Hugo Chávez as a "dead communist dictator", the author argues that the late Venezuelan president's radical egalitarian program of participatory economics and protagonist democracy actually mirrors Sanders' own political proposals.
"Even so much as the force of this revolution is to be found in its promises, which are growing ever harder to fulfill, they remain as road maps for a common strategy between popular forces and the government.”
The author argues that the current foreign exchange control regime has failed to prevent transnational and domestic capital from taking its profits out of the country and that no government policy, no matter how conciliatory towards business, will attract investment in Venezuela as long as the Revolution continues. Only the expropriation of the bourgeois-controlled means of production– the "completion of the revolution"– will solve the present crisis.
In a critical interview, longtime Venezuelan anarchist revolutionary, Roland Denis, gives his perspective on the present condition of the Bolivarian revolution, judging it to be at a critical conjuncture.
By Mario Villegas/Victor Alvarez- QuintoDia.Com, May 5th 2015
Leftist economist and former high-ranking government official Victor Alvarez offers a critical perspective on state economic policy under the Bolivarian Revolution, arguing that it has perpetuated a neo-rentier logic via exchange controls and other measures that must be abandoned for socialism to advance.
Task Force on the Americas President discusses how Hugo Chávez's revolutionary synthesis of popular Christianity, Bolivarianism, and socialism became the basis for an emancipatory that transformed the lives of the poor and excluded majority of Venezuela.
By Marxist Tendency of the PSUV - In Defense of Marxism , Feb 28th 2015
The Marxist Tendency of the PSUV argues that the current crisis cannot be resolved by making concessions to the bourgeoisie and that the only solution is a revolutionary offensive that places the means of production under workers' control and thoroughly revolutionizes the armed forces.
By Alan Woods - In Defence of Marxism, Jan 26th 2015
Alan Woods responds to an article published by Heinz Dieterich on the Venezuelan leftwing website Aporrea, in which the German academic claims that 2015 will be the Maduro government´s last year in office.