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Venezuela: The Bolivarian revolution, the struggle to establish socialism on a world scale, is a gigantic task!

By University of The Andees (ULA) Political Sciences Professor, Franz J.T. Lee  Posted by Roy S. Carson (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 5 pages)     Permalink

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VHeadline commentarist, University of The Andees (ULA) Political Sciences Professor, Franz J.T. Lee writes: A hypothesis first argued by Parmenides (540-470 BC) of Elea (present day Italy), who as we know had a profound influence on Platonic idealist philosophy, and therewith on Christianity, has caused across the last millennia a cancerous intellectual and time barrier in the realm of real, creative emancipatory endeavors.

Like in the case of the faked, anti-African-Arab racist 'discovery of America' by Christopher Columbus the following formal logical 'absolute truth' has become the cornerstone of progressive political domination, has turned out to be the greatest ideological and systemic hoax of all times: Nothing comes from nothing, in Latin form: ex nihilo nihil fit.

In other words, only the great gods have created everything, even themselves, out of nihil, out of Nothing, out of Nothingness.

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Consequently, we should not and cannot enter nihil, it is the 'Holy of Holies'; globally the arch-angels of the accumulation of capital watch us, guide us towards the green pastures of toil, of labor pain. The holy oligarchs see to it that we do not mess around with divine creation. As explained in the Holy Scriptures the originators of the universe are pleased with their construction out of Nothing, and that is all that really counts in capitalist alienation.

In brief, in Venezuela, in Bolivia, in Latin America, cultural imperialism still teaches us that there is no escape from the universal labor process, from exploitative ruling class history, from the wrath of Jahwe, from capitalism, from human alienation. We should better capitulate and resign from class struggle; as Jesus Christ predicted, we will always have the poor with us. As global racists desire, we will always have superior whites and inferior blacks, poor workers and rich capitalists, in essence, always masters and slaves.

Across the last centuries this is what colonial education in the South was all about.

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Also in Venezuela and elsewhere many of us still fall victim to these capitalist ideological tricks and illusions, innocently we mistake them for true revolutionary and emancipatory deeds. Thus, according to corporate ideology and reformism, the universal, closed system, the world order can only be changed from within, by means of evolution and revolution; alternatively,which is the very same thing, the status quo can only be improved by endless prayers, forgiveness (for all the perpetrated ruling class mental and bodily holocausts which have already devoured hundreds of millions of precious lives across the millennia), by genuflections, secret devil pacts across class lines, anti-proletarian gentlemen agreements, truth courts, class consensus and treacherous alliances.

  • Such reformist recipes also include: eternal faith, hope, love and charity; anything else, for example, proletarian creation, transvolution or exvolution, is tantamount to so-called evil, tyranny, dictatorship and international terrorism.
  • Such new concepts that express the emancipatory spirit of tour apocalyptic time do not even appear ion the horizon of contemporary political and philosophic language, erudite scholarship and global emancipatory life.
On the other hand, our global favorite political house word is ideology, its slogan is ideology training, its practice is is to organize ideology workshops.

All this is bourgeois, is outdated, it cannot fight corporate globalization, it is not new, not innovative; its capitalist vices date back to Francis Bacon and Destutt de Tracy. Marx and Engels already criticized "The German Ideology" before the 1848 revolutions in Europe, later they formulated the "Communist Manifesto" for a human exegesis out of this vale of tears, towards "human emancipation" (Marx).

Obviously Marxism itself has urgently to globalize, to update itself. This is precisely what we are doing here.

In Venezuela, in the epoch of globalization, of global fascism, we need a praxis and theory much more powerful than an obsolete bourgeois revolution, we necessitate the real new, a new emancipatory (wo)man whom the world has never seen before: we necessitate urgently an "exvolution"; an exodus of capitalist bondage. This is a mighty global task, not a one man or family endeavor. It needs a real and truly functioning praxico-theoretical Fourth or Last International.

However, to continue with this gigantic transhistoric task, we would need a creative, creating exegesis, , that is, an emancipatory "ex-systemic" manifesto or guide towards the outside, towards something that never happened before, never ever existed before. As the Marxist philosopher of hope Ernst Bloch reminded us, in the same degree as we approach emancipatory creation and creativity (natura naturans and natura naturata) creativity itself will come nearer to us, will become truly human, humane, creative.

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Yes, comrades, emancipation is a tremendous life long task.

This reminds us of Marx who stated: not only thought should approximate objective reality, reality itself must approach thought. In fact, this is oscillating, dialectical praxis and theory. Hence our departure in the Bolivarian Revolution towards socialism can only be scientific praxis and philosophic theory, and not ossified ideology and repetitive, automatic consumer practice.

Furthermore, Ernst Bloch taught us that thinking is venturing beyond, is surpassing, is exit; he wrote: The cat falls on its four paws, but the human being who has not learned to think falls into eternal yesterday.

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