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Venezuela ... under such circumstances today Marx would say: I am NOT a revolutionary!

By University of Los Andes (ULA) political sciences professor, Dr. Franz J. T. Lee  Posted by Roy S. Carson (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   4 comments

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VHeadline commentarist and University of Los Andes (ULA) political sciences professor, Dr. Franz J. T. Lee writes: President Hugo Chavez insists that we bury capitalism immediately. However, according to history in the White House, always after the "democratic" ballot, in the name of "freedom", comes the "republican "bullet". This, Simon Bolivar already knew. Quantitatively we won, but qualitatively and strategically we have to be extremely careful ... Antonio Ledezma is "going to Miraflores" again.

Also, it is clear that without a radical, principled revolution it is impossible to bury capitalism and to replace it with socialism.

The global capitalist Moloch is the child of a gigantic revolution, in fact, of the father of all global, social, cultural, economic, political and military revolutions. It took the bourgeoisie more than five centuries to conquer political power, to make its political revolutions, to wrest the State from the claws of the parasitic clergy and from the fangs of the decadent nobility, to separate Church and State and to replace Catholic, idealist theology and metaphysics with capitalist, atheist, mechanical materialism. Even then, in the 1848 European revolutions the bourgeoisie was so weak that it nearly lost its French Revolution; in Russia the huge peasant masses under the leadership of the relatively small working class and the Bolshevik Party of Lenin even first had to carry out the historic tasks of the bourgeoisie, had to make the February Revolution of 1917 for the weak Russian bourgeoisie. Only thereafter, in October, Lenin and Trotsky could proceed with the making of the proletarian, socialist revolution.
  • Thus, as Marx explained, revolution is permanent, it comprises an epoch, and it necessitates the unity of all workers.

Before talking anything about socialism, we have to know the ABC of revolution in all its multiple meanings and appearance forms. Revolution is a matter of life and death, for example, in the 1950s, in Vietnam, Indonesia, Cuba and Algeria millions were massacred by imperialism because they seriously dared to make a workers' social and socialist revolution.

Hence, comrades, it is now or never, we do not have all the time in the world, not centuries, only decades to study, to understand, to comprehend, to make the revolution here in Venezuela and elsewhere. Consequently, this presupposes that we know what is capitalism, dialectics, socialism and Marxism; and that we live according to that what we know scientifically, and not according to that what we religiously and ideologically believe and, above all, that we know what we are living for. In this way nobody can convert us into passive Pavlov dogs, massive electoral chow and mortal cannon fodder.

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In two parts we will explain firstly the fundamentals of revolution and thereafter, the Marxist Theory and Praxis of Revolution.

In this way, we will be able to understand and enrich our own Bolivarian Revolution...

In the 18th century the European weltgeist ushered in capitalist storm, ... like so many others, including Hegel and Marx, Francisco de Miranda and his co-fighters were fascinated by the bourgeois, democratic revolution, by the French Revolution, that is why his name is engraved in the "Arc de Triomphe" ... now the world spirit ominously spells doom, is writing on the human wall of woe: "socialism or barbarism".

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Gone are the good old days of falsifications and caricatures of revolution and socialism. Like in Vietnam, Cuba, Guinea Bissau and Chile, many revolutionary and socialist attempts were valiant and glorious, and we honor them with due respect, love and admiration. However, it turned out that many of these experiments have led us into a never ending democratic cul-de-sac, in an intrasystemic labyrinth of ideological confusion: for example, African socialism, Arab socialism, national socialism, democratic socialism, revolutionary socialism, Christian socialism, utopian socialism, cooperative socialism, the socialist international, Maoism, Stalinism, etc., etc. What is absent was simply socialism itself, the dialectical negation of capitalism, that is, radical, principled, scientific, philosophic anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, that is, permanent world revolution.

It is not a matter of language and words; words are miserable tools, they do not think for us. There is no substitute for free thinking and thought. As the Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch has pointed out within the context of his concrete utopia, in official sanctioned language a whole range of concepts are absent, they have to be invented and created to express the new, a new science and philosophy. Marx explained that in every epoch (mode of production) the ruling ideas (language, words and concepts) are the ideas of the ruling classes.

To survive, inter alia, this is what is to be done by the Bolivarian Revolution in 2009. A fresh breeze has to renovate what we are saying and doing, to capture en masse the revolutionary fantasy and creative imagination of the "cerros" and "favelas" of Venezuela and Latin America.

In a speech after the elections, President Chavez quoted Marx saying: when theory grasps the imagination of the masses, it becomes material force. In the same manner, the following is true for our socialist party, for Venezuela: when theory passes from one brain to the other, it becomes praxis, the truth.

Why? Marx gave the answer: Not only thought must approximate (objective) reality, reality itself must push towards thought. This is dialectics, this is the permanent oscillation between natural science and social philosophy, this is not only to interpret the world in different ways, in different words, but to change it consciously, with class consciousness, this is Marxism.

Nowadays, as stated by George Orwell in 1948 already, in the epoch of Big Brother, no matter what skin color he may have, just to tell the truth ... which is daily vanishing on planet earth ... is already a revolutionary act, is socialist praxis. After the recent November 23 elections, Venezuela: Quo vadis?

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Whatever we will think or do, for us there will be no imperialist amnesty, no dialogue. We will not be exempted from making the world revolution against capitalism, against globalization. Hence, let us tune in on our historic memory; in the absence of a bourgeois democratic guillotine blade, let us sharpen our oxidized intellectual machetes, for the 666th time the question: what is revolution all about?

We must know what is the heart beat of global capitalism, its dialectics. If not ... as it so often has happened already ... by mistake, in the name of "democracy", we may be burying our true socialists, and therewith also the possibility of realizing socialism itself, i.e., the radical negation of world capitalism.

Yes, the corruption of the best, especially of the youth in our schools, missions and universities, is the worst corruption.

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