Monday, March 10, 2014
VENEZUELA: A PROPOSED PATH TO SOCIALISM
Today is theoretical Monday and I am turning to the Monthly Review for an interesting piece. I have only read half of it myself so far, thus I will be forced to withhold judgement. Whether you (or I) agree with everything the author writes is not for me the most important thing here. What I like is the methodology. I like the fact that here is an attempt to answer some questions on how to get from here to there. I like the fact that this is not some doctrinaire piece, or something which is simply full of citations from Marx or Lenin. This is a theoretical piece with practical advice and suggestions...almost praxis. From what I have read so far there is much here to think about from whatever perspective of Marxism you hail (even if like me, you are not fond of socialism, but want to skip it and move right on to communism, even if like me you want to not seize the State, but smash it entirely).
I also confess that this column has led me to personally explore the whole Bolivarian experiment more deeply then I have up to now. Perhaps, I have been wrong (horror of horrors) and it is not all just a mush of populism.
EDITORS NOTE: Since the State exists because of the irreconcilable antagonism between the two classes, and since the the State must therefore always exist as an institutional form of class domination (ALWAYS), how can an existing State (whatever it calls itself) be of any interest to. or act in the interest of the multitude. How therefore could it be possible for the really existing State of Venezuela to build communism. It could not. It might build socialism, but never communism. The Stare must be SMASHED, not merely seized or transformed. The Ministry of Work (or any other part of the State) has to ultimately act in the interest of either the private or public/State capitalist or, shall we say, simply, the bourgeoise. Therein it seems to me lies a major contradiction within the Bolivian Revolution.