The Venezuelanalysis Podcast Episode 02: Popular Power Under Duress

In the second episode of our podcast, we focus on grassroots organizations and how they have faced the economic crisis and US sanctions

The corporate media coverage of Venezuela has always placed its focus on Chávez and Maduro, what the government did or said. This narrative, and the respective counter-narrative, ignore one key element of the Bolivarian Process: popular power.

The second episode of the Venezuelanalysis podcast focuses on grassroots organizations under conditions of duress: a years-long economic crisis and devastating US sanctions.

Host José Luis Granados Ceja first talks to fellow VA member Cira Pascual Marquina on how communes, described by Chávez as the “unit cell” for the construction of socialism, have survived, or even thrived, in the current context. We also feature young communard leader Jesús García from the Altos de Lídice Socialist Commune in Caracas. García talks about how a commune works, the contradictions that emerge with the state and how popular organizations are best suited to address people’s problems.

Visit venezuelanalysis.com or follow us on social media to catch all our content on grassroots collectives and bottom-up organizing. To support our fledgling podcast project, consider subscribing on Patreon. You can also find this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favorite player.

Song credits

Embandolaos – Los Caimanes Negros

Gino González – Todos nosotros con Chávez

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