We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Sorting through the lies about Venezuela
I read this rather rapidly, but I think it paints quite an accurate picture of what has generally happened under the Bolivarian Revolution that first was led by Hugo Chavez and now President Maduro, and the ongoing efforts by the US Empire to destabilize the country. (I visited Venezuela for two weeks in late 2005, and followed events closely in that country for many years thereafter.)
Any independent movements are always attempted, and often succeed, via agents serving the Empire when they show signs of independence. Increasing these destabilizing agents of capitalist ruling classes are having a more difficult time doing their dirty deeds, and they are frustrated. The little country of Nicaragua is another country that is having a hard time coping with the wrath of the US capitalist Empire, but they still succeed to some extent. Once a people realize their power and become educated, as they have to a significant extent in Venezuela, they pose very significant problems for the Empire.