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In Venezuela, is the extreme right meeting the extreme left?

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In reality, in modern bourgeois, capitalist states, why do the rulers fear the “extremes”, radicalism and class violence (aka, terrorism)? The answer is very simple. The modern bourgeois state (for example, the United States of America) has a monopoly on all of these horrors. It has to preserve and conserve its master-slave extreme and must create propaganda for the “democratic, peaceful” center, the middle class.

When the State is in crisis, like now, it shows its extreme, rightist, imperialist grimace: fascism. Logically, as the result of the fierce global class struggles, the workers’ movements and their leadership become more radical and more “extreme” in their demands. To identify this as the honeymoon, for example, of Hitler and Trotsky is really the apex of historical obscurantism and social ignorance. Worse even, this kind of identification leads to phenomena such as The Moscow Trials of the late 1930's and to the casting of socialists, communists, Blacks, gypsies and Jews into Bantustans, concentration camps and gulags in which millions perished across Europe and elsewhere.

To equate a Trotsky or Ernest Mandel with Hitler or Mussolini, comrades, is extremely dangerous. Apartheid South Africa used this segregationist equation and meeting point to murder thousands of the best sons and daughters of Africa and many people across the globe did not care. After all, they were just communists, Trotskyites, radicals, extremists, terrorists. There are no “ex-Trotskyites” who have transformed themselves into Neo-Cons. Surely, leftist lip service costs nothing. Condoleezza Rice never, ever understood anything about Permanent Global Revolution or anything about the dialectical even, uneven and combined historical process of global emancipation. Whomever claims to be a Trotskyite and does not know and practice the above is a caricature and is not a revolutionary Marxist. All his life Trotsky himself negated such fair weather “Trotskyites”. In Paris, even Marx said, “I am not a 'Marxist'”.

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I, Franz John Tennyson Lee, was born in Ficksburg in 1938. I am a South African then classified as "Coloured" by the racist legislation of my home country. Since 1962, having acquired a scholarship to study overseas, I have been living in the (more...)
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