Expect Bolivarian Victory in Venezuela
Venezuelans want populism, not neoliberal exploitation.
by Stephen Lendman
October 7 is the moment of truth. Venezuelans get to choose between populism and neoliberal harshness.
They're not stupid. They won't tolerate reinventing the bad old days. Expect Bolivarianism to triumph. Too bad it can't everywhere when it's most needed.
James Petras is a longtime distinguished Latin American expert. His article titled "Venezuelan Elections: a Choice and Not an Echo" expertly explains what's at stake.
Hugo Chavez and corporatist Henrique Capriles Radonski are mirror opposites. At issue is social democracy v. the worst of exploitive capitalism.
Chavez wants greater "public ownership of the means of production and consumption"."
He's for increased social spending, "greater popular participation in local decision-making, an independent foreign policy based on greater Latin American integration, increases in progressive taxation, the defense of free public health and educational programs and the defense of public ownership of oil production."