Venezuelans Will Withstand Right-Wing Protests – commentary

Venezuela’s Deep Political Education Means Venezuelans Will Withstand Right-Wing Protests

Friday, 28 February 2014 -By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers , Truthout | News Analysis

venezuela protests A group of mostly women march carrying roses and the Venezuelan flag, calling for peace and non-violence in San Cristobal, Venezuela, February 26, 2014. (Photo: Meridith Kohut / The New York Times)

Americans might be fooled by mass media misinformation, but Venezuelans know what is really happening in their country.

The misinformation in most of the media about the protests in Venezuela is astounding. Often the opposite of reality is repeated as if it were true. Americans who rely on the corporate mass media, politicians and corrupted nonprofits might fall for these tales, but Venezuelans know what is really happening.  

Venezuelans have gone through 14 years of abuse and lies, including a coup attempt. They know what is really occurring in their economy and political system and are aware that their government is in a battle with the power of money both internally as well as with the US empire. In every election since 2002, Venezuelans have shown that their deep political education, participatory democracy and experience will overcome the falsehoods of the opposition. The violent actions of the opposition and intentional undermining of the economy are signs of an oligarch class that has lost power and is desperate. It must work outside of democracy to try to retake control of the government.  [Read more]

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  • de castro  On 03/01/2014 at 1:06 pm

    Interesting read and a lot of truth in it.
    Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers truthout are ones I will certainly like to read
    /follow in the future…..their analysis is “real” and truthful.
    Chavez not unlike Castro of CUBA are world iconic leaders…
    both will live on in the minds and hearts of Latinos wherever
    they are domiciled….both freedom fighters….fighters of corruption.
    Thorns in the sides of those who support “corruption” by their
    actions…..capitalism is a system that encourages corruption.
    communism is also a system that encourages corruption…but
    denies it. Both systems have faults ….one more open to public
    scrutiny. Euro land is preaching the gospel of “socialism”
    All for one one for all… this the answer !
    I remain sceptical but optimistic.

    Kamtan PS would love to read some more writings on truthout

    • Abert  On 03/07/2014 at 7:20 pm

      Both system have strengths and weakness, there is no perfection. I will tell you of some countries that have wonderful balances of socialism and capitalism. Travelling and reading are two powerful sources of learning. Have you ever visited Scandinavia? Countries like Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. They are all democratic countries. They put a large percent of public funds into education and public health and they have some of the best educational and health systems. Income is relatively evenly distributed. Finland was in the news as having one of the best high school system, without the brutal push of students in say South Korea and some Asian countries. People in that region, based on polls, were among the happiest on our planet. They like to visit the U.S. but not to live. But the socialist cost is that the tax rates are very high. There is no perfect system.

  • Thinker  On 03/05/2014 at 1:00 am

    Ever tried living in Cuba, Kamptan?

    • de castro  On 03/05/2014 at 1:40 am

      No but don’t think I would be happy….Cuba is a “nanny state” where
      the political class “decides” regardless of public opinion.
      State thinks for you and decides….no not for me thanks.
      Hey the food music and culture is fantastic but Cuba reminds me
      of a sci fi movie I saw years ago….”the day the earth stood still”
      CUBA is in a “time warp”…partly due to US sanctions.
      Would you ?

      • Abert  On 03/07/2014 at 8:36 pm

        That’s one country I would love to visit but right now they have this travel restrictions on Americans, except those with families in Cuba, or something like that. I thought Obama would have lift all those sanctions. Could not be fear of those old Cubans in Miami. He won big in Florida. Heard Americans travel to Cuba via Canada and the Cubans don’t stamp the passport. But as a law abiding foreigner I cant do that. Ha Ha.

  • gigi  On 03/07/2014 at 2:22 am

    Guyana will be next! AGAIN! The US gov’t is already at it in Guyana. I just hope the Guyanese people do not fall victim to another Burnham fiasco. When a sovereign country is the target of outside interference, it is impossible for the gov’t to function effectively. And what happens is that those who benefit are just going to take what they can knowing that their time is short lived.

    Sometimes dictatorships serve a purpose when outside interference threatens to destabilize and destroy a country’s well being and progress. Providing the dictators are not puppets of foreign influence – like Burnham. These kinds of puppets do not represent the interest of the people, they represent the interest of their handlers, whose sole interest is to rape and plunder the country’s resources for their personal coffers.

    • Abert  On 03/07/2014 at 5:09 pm

      Did the U.S. ever left Guyana? Guyana is its own created problem. That’s a long story that would take pages.
      Lets compare the leadership in Venezuela with that of Brazil. I have visited Venezuela in the 90’s (not Brazil). You hear of all the oil wealth in Venezuela in the news media but the truth is about 5% of the people owned 95% of the wealth. Caracas is beautiful with many lavish structures, but on the outskirts there are miles on miles of slums in the hills. It made Guyana look like a bed of roses. I think Chavez had a point in trying to get more of that wealth to the poor masses but blunder in his radical Castro like approach. He and his current successor will lose in the end with the local wealthy, America and the west against them. We see that time and time again. Example, Mozambique, Guyana. They should have found a middle ground where all benefit to some extent. Brazil expanded housing loans to the poor. The housing industry blossomed, other things happened in which both rich and poor were rewarded. Mandela in South Africa was the ideal pragmatist. On independence he extended friendship to the white setters who had the wealth and the know how and all benefited. Now there are still major problems in Brazil and South Africa but look at the alternative.

      • de castro  On 03/07/2014 at 7:37 pm

        I like your prognosis and your pragmatism.
        Chavez gave the working classes of Venezuela “hope”
        that hope was buried with him.
        However his dream and actions will live on in the minds and heart
        of his people. Dreams do not die ….they live on.
        Am sure the people will rise again….
        Only time will tell.

        What politicians fail to grasp is that “economics” must take priority over politricks in nation building. Create a larger middle class, where the working class
        can progress into that group more easily. In societies where there is only
        two “classes” rich and poor…world events can destroy that society.
        Laws must be made to accommodate/encourage the larger middle class.
        We have had “nationalisation” and “privatisation” now we need to have
        a strong economy based on “public private partnerships” where public sector is a major part of that “middle class”…
        Sorry if I sound like a politician but I do resonate with the working class
        socialistic ideology…as an ex trade unionist in UK now retired….but was never
        a member of any political party…Labour Conservative or Liberal.

        Guyana now has 65 MP s and a president. If these individuals are not
        performing it is for the people to remove them via the ballot box democratically.
        There will always be “covert” operators who will try to destabalise a democraticly elected government….but Guyanese must stop seeing the
        leaves and trees and start seeing the forrest….

        I will get off my soap box allowing others their say.
        We should always try to listen before we speak….or we are but
        “bible thumping fanatics” … preachers !

  • de castro  On 03/07/2014 at 5:40 am

    There is a lot of truth in your comments above….
    but given the choice of a democratically elected government and a
    dictatorship which would you choose..
    One you can replace every 4/5 years hopefully bloodless
    or one with “revolution” or “civil war”….cite Ashad in Syria
    …who executes his own people to remain in power.
    Guyana has had its “civil war” but not its “revolution”
    both very bloody affairs…
    What Guyana needs is a revolution next….but one of “thinking”
    of change…in thinking/doing things…change in attitudes.

    Our world is changing will change must change lest we die in
    our slumber of ignorance.

    Forever the optimist
    Kamtan in empathy with you

  • de castro  On 03/07/2014 at 10:03 pm

    The music the food the culture is something worth savouring…
    Dominican Republic is very similar culturally and I spent months
    in DR on and off….beautiful friendly people…poor but happy.
    Bachata Merengue Salsa and Regaton now Aventura ….musical
    paradise….I will visit Cuba as it comes very highly recommended
    as a “must visit” destination by all friends who have been there.
    I speak Spanish so have no problem in “integrating” locally.
    Was put off by the “Gestapo” who are ever present ….would find that a bit intimidating…..similar to GURDIA CIVIL in Spain (Franco s Gestapo)
    My first love is London city where the “bobby on the beat” does not carry
    a gun…..hope that never changes.Few cities on the planet offer such
    security without armed law enforcers.
    Cuba is certainly worth a visit….before it changes over to Chinese
    Capitalism…ha ha

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