We won't get out of the labyrinth, for instance, on the famed "three roots" (1). Cha'vez himself imagined the three-rooted tree "with a trunk, branches and a 360-degree treetop. This tree absorbs from the ground and from beyond the atmosphere, from sunlight, almost from infinity, to be able to grow and live ["] absorbs from the environment, the surroundings ["] from the light to the shadows, all the way to the apex of the roots." (2)
We will exit the labyrinth drawing from what's around us and also from infinity, from our lights but also from our shadows.
Finally, it's a fallacy to suggest that it's indispensable to be outside Chavismo in order to have a global, a non-partisan, non-"polarized," view of reality. Quite the contrary, I believe it is possible to build a total vision from within Chavismo in a constant relation with those fringes and with those who oppose the Venezuelan process of change.
Chavismo emerged precisely as those popular fringes burst into the walled stage where the elites played politics to make a Revolution... to live with dignity. Nobody ever said it would last forever. But one thing is certain: it can go on being that.
(1) Reference to Cha'vez's "three-rooted tree," outlined in his "Blue Book" political manifesto. Cha'vez identified Simón Bolívar, Simón Rodríguez (Bolívar's tutor and companion) and Ezequiel Zamora as the roots of his political project.
(2) Agustín Blanco Muñoz. "Habla el Comandante Hugo Cha'vez Frías". Ca'tedra Pío Tamayo, CEHA/IIES/FACES/UCV. Caracas, Venezuela. 1998. Page. 75.
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Translated by Ricardo Vaz for Venezuelanalysis.com.