Juan Guaidó, leader of the Venezuelan National Assembly, declared himself President of the Republic on January 23 before a mass demonstration of supporters.
With Russia and China ponying up money to challenge the supremacy of the petrodollar things might get quite interesting. The failed US-based coup of 2002 surely resonates throughout the Venezuelan consciousness. Sans military support another coup seems like a farce, but one that TPTB will naively continue to push, if history is any guide. The resource curse continues to plague Venezuela. I hope that the local economy can be diversified in the near future, particularly with respect to agriculture. All Peoples need to be able to feed themselves to keep the sick fucks like Kissinger (“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control people.”) at bay.
Could this be CIA blowback? Or just my wishful thinking?
Venezuela’s big picture for the world is freedom from American military
murder. Chavismo raised the living standards of the poor, and legitimate
socialism is a threat to cannibal capitalism everywhere. Opposition boycotts are CIA black propaganda, and sanctions by the West, acts of war. Oh, yes, Maduro’s constituency is skinned in the darker hue.
Excellent and to the point!
I did have trouble with the article in the fact that advancements in the standards of living for average Venezuelans, especially the bottom half, were conspicuously absent. How can someone discuss the Chavismo movement without discussing the introduction of universal healthcare, guaranteed food, free education and social programs designed to alleviate poverty?
Thank God that most of the world (India, China and Russia all support Maduro and those three countries alone represent over half of the world’s population!) are behind the Chavistas, but at the same time it is depressing to see the reach of American Imperialism around Latin America and Europe. I think the key here is to abandon the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. The U.S. is simply not democratic enough (and far too militaristic!) for the world to stand behind their currency. The Euro would make more sense and though too many European countries have a blind allegiance to the Americans, most European leaders are quite aware of the political and environmental threats of the U.S. government.
Over 80% of Venezuelans oppose the brutal economic war the US is waging against the country, and over 80% oppose a military intervention (those that support the US invading are, literal, traitors, and would be seen as such here if they supported something like that against this country and our democracy). The US has very recently intensified the economic war, and the US did the exact same thing to Nicaragua in the 1980s, it supported violent fascists there too, and it held a gun to the head of the country collectively in the 1990 election to vote accordingly or it could get worse. Given the power differential and what the country went through, it finally voted as the mafia boss wanted it to and the torture was lessened. It was then up to institutions like the IMF to make things worse for working and poor people there. Could this lead to someone the US wants getting power? Sure, but they have no solutions and will only loot the country, and the blowback would necessitate full blown repression. Since the US’s actions have played a big role in Venezuela’s struggles, even if it did everything exactly the same on policy, its economy would improve, and the right would take credit for any improvement. But we all know what impact their policies will have, and the radical right in Venezuela are violent reactionaries that hate democracy and want to take back control of the thing that made THEM rich; the oil. If they implement the typical neoliberal program, it will turn out like it did in Venezuela in the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s, riots and coups will follow. And no chance, if the right is given power, that they will ever let the left win an election there, which complicates things.
I am not a Venezuelan, and so what I want doesn’t matter at all. But, if I was a Venezuelan, I would want a continuation of the revolution, but I would want to new leadership, and I would want corruption to be addressed. In other words, keep what has clearly uplifted people, correct what you can control. Hope imperialists and their lackeys fail in pressuring the country from outside.
The US, the West in general and institutions like the IMF do not want an alternative system and developmental program to succeed though. Cheryl Payer knew the score back in the early 70’s, which is why she wrote The Debt Trap, which was a blistering attack of the IMF. It was obvious even then, more so now. There was a reason why, when the crash hit, the IMF had one country left that was working with it (Turkey, I believe). No one wanted anything to do with it. The crash hit and the West gave the IMF a trillion more to fuck the world up some more.
My suggestion is to leave Vz to it’s own fate. If we are ever that desperate for oil, say 50 years from now, we can overthrow them for their oil then. But in the meantime that oil can be treated as a reserve. From the oil companies point of view.
I would say nix to involvement altogether.
Thanks Rebel, but to be a little honest, I borrowed from Dr.MLK’s
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
I’m grateful for your reply
But you came up with “legitimate socialism” and “cannibal capitalism” which I really like to distinguish the difference between the two. Thanks!
Hurting for oil 50 years from now? Sounds like someone doesn’t understand climate chaos.
On that note, the worst of all policy proscriptions is wreaking more havoc: over-production of oil and consequent low oil prices. If oil was $25 more per barrel, Venezuela would have no problems and the socialist Chavismo revolution would be working its wonders.
Also, the brutal savagery of the sanctions regime imposed on Venezuela is not detailed, as it should be an article of this length. The sanctions amount to war crimes.
Excellent post, Joan. Thanks
The idea is not to increase the supply of oil on the market, it is to decrease the supply of oil on the market. Which benefits Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Coast States, makes the Bakaan (sp) Area and the speculative loans coming due pay off in the black and help Canada & the U.S. energy interests, as well.
Knocking out Iran & Venezuelan production accomplishes many goals; destabilization and chaos, temporary price increases for the rest of the gang and the benefitting of businesses like Halliburton, Bechtal, etc. resupplying the new owners of the two devastated countries. " Tell them it’s not personal, Trump, it’s just business ". U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Wall St. Bankers
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