By Jorge Martín - In Defence of Marxism, Mar 15th 2013
It is a week now since the death of Hugo Chávez and there are still kilometer long queues of people coming from all over the country to pay their last respects. Presidential elections have been called for April 14 and the mood is turning angry at the provocations of the oligarchy.
On Monday international judges awarded Jorge Veraza the Liberator Prize for Critical Thought 2011, a prize worth US$ 150,000, which aims to reward writers who critically analyse global world reality from a stance of defending humanity.
By John Bellamy Foster - Monthly Review, Jul 8th 2010
In the eyes of much of the world, the year 1989 has come to stand for the fall of the Berlin Wall, the demise of Soviet-type societies, and the defeat of twentieth-century socialism. However, 1989 for many others, particularly in Spanish-speaking countries, is also associated with the beginning of the Latin American revolt against neoliberal shock therapy and the emergence in the years that followed of a “socialism for the 21st century.”
By Steve Ellner - Science & Society, Apr 18th 2010
Two Marxist traditions play themselves out in the internal debate in the movement headed by Hugo Chávez. The "realists" favour practical policies to increase production, while the "cultural optimists" are concerned with combating capitalist values. The discussions of wage differentials in worker-run plants and cooperatives recall the Marxist distinction between "to each according to their work" (favored by realists) and "to each according to necessity" (defended by cultural optimists).