Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution

March 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

I’ve been watching the news feeds and various commentaries about the death of Hugo Chavez for a few days now. And as always when a significant figure passes, it’s interesting to see his or her friends and enemies try to determine the legacy.

Among Chavez’s leftist boosters, the International Marxist Tendency headlined “Hugo Chavez is dead. The Fight for Socialism goes on!” as if the two had even a passing connection.  Elsewhere the World Socialist Website more modestly refered to him as a bourgeois nationalist. Within the mainstream press, terms like ‘dictator’ and ‘friend of the world’s poor’ were batted back and forth by various commentators. Despite all of these claims that Chavez represented a new revolutionary moment or that he was simply an old fashioned tyrant, the leftist nationalist military officer is not a new phenomena.

In Internationalist Perspective 51-52 and 53 we published a two-part article “Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution” (part 1, part 2 )written by the Friends of the Classless Society. Still for my money the best analysis of what was taking place in the country and what the “revolution” really meant.


1 Comment

  1. Schalken said,

    Here’s all I need to know: following the bailouts in the U.S. in 2008, Chavez joked to the effect that “even George W. Bush is to the left of me” and called Bush a “comrade.”

    There you have it. In essence, Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution has nothing to do with the abolition of capitalist social relations, and everything to do with government control of those relations.

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