Roy S. Carson
VHeadline editor & publisher Roy S. Carson writes: A reader who otherwise supportive of Venezuela's democratically elected President Hugo Chavez Frias, and identifies him/herself only as 'GROK' writes to say that "among other things, the situation in Ciudad Guayana (Venezuela) and the rest of Bolivar state demonstrates the error of Hugo Chavez and the elite 'revolutionaries' who surround him, in not getting much past mere happy-talk symbolism in waging class-struggle and actual social revolution!"
Having first investigated where the verb GROK -- to share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity -- originates ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grok) one cannot help but to consider a degree of empathy on the part of the writer with the calamity that has befallen Venezuela as President Hugo Chavez Frias' original 'reality or line of thinking' about Venezuela's future glides slowly under the surface like the sinking of yet another unsinkable Titanic.
Against clearly visioned mental images of stoic mariners going down with the ship, Grok continues that the foolish descent by certain cliques within the Venezuelan administration into the icy waters entrails of the White Star line's flagship ... which he (Grok) effuses as physical abandonment to 'neo-bourgeos-ism' currently spreading like wildfire through most of the rest of the (South American) continent is "of great happiness to North American and European pacifists, liberals and reformist of the 'World Social Forum' crowd."
GROK: "Let's not even get into how the elite, red-shirted 'revolutionaries' jealously crowding around Chavez can't even competently run the economy along 'socialist' lines ... corruption siphons off the peoples' resources, everywhere ... like a mortal hemorrhage on the body politick."
Instead, the Revolution has stalled -- and begun to reverse now -- as vested interests in the 'Bolivarian' hierarchy/elite have selfishly and foolishly gathered bourgeois-state power to themselves and their cronies, frustrating at every turn the wishes and interests of the revolutionary mass of the people to move to actual socialist development and praxis.
Here is NOT the place to explain what is actually 'democratic' about a 'dictatorship of the proletariat' ... suffice to say: most-all liberals, pacifists and liberal-Leftists do NOT have the least clue what Marxism, and social revolution, are all about!
- And, while we're at it, to hell with the social-democrat Naomi Klein http://www.naomiklein.org/ and the vested interests SHE fronts for!
If the revolutionary socialists will not organize the atomized masses and workers ... the nationalists and nativistic fascists most certainly will. So if you want to get an idea what awaits North America and Europe, as wannabe leaders continue to hum and haw about organizing revolution against the declining capitalist World order, just look at what has been unfolding in places like Azania (South Africa).
- No socialism can be built on nationalism (thus, for instance, the fraud of social-democracy!)
Only 'class-based internationalism' can do the urgent and necessary job.
Do you wonder how the 'Wall Street Welfare plan' (aka the bail-out plan) ever passed the US Congress? In most Congressional offices opposition by voters ran 10 to 20 to 1 AGAINST it ... and for good reason: The bail-out is a total and complete fraud.
It does nothing to solve the root problem which is a severe crisis of confidence in the banking industry. Instead it gives George Bush dictatorial powers, through his Secretary Treasury, over three quarters of a TRILLION dollars in US tax-payer money (part of the bill gave Bush $100 billion in his own personal discretionary fund.)
Go behind the scenes and hear about the fraud, bribery and even threats of violence that were used get the corrupt piece of legislation passed ... legislation which never had a public hearing and likely no one who voted "yes" for it ever. http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/441.html
...and then the United States as the audacity to make pronouncements over how they see the Chavez government mismanaged?