I wanted to ask, completely unrelated to DnP; what is your opinion of what is happening in Venezuela? As a fellow latinamerican I fear the involvement of the USA (military speaking) due the usual development that kind of involvements have ended in the past but... I am also so desperate for them. Someone needs to do something and I get more and more upset with every news or every tweet and every person I talk to here that has come from venezuela trying to escape all of that shit
oh i kinda gave my opinions on it in the tags of a post in my main the other day. this is quite the controversial topic, isn’t it? can u believe hard left here in chile actually support mad*ro’s government? like, i consider myself left and i follow all these websites, magazines and stuff, that are left winged yet their posts about ven*zuela are on the verge of fascism.
basically my opinion of it, is that socialism can’t be implemented (fully) in a country whose major income is exports, specially in ven*zuela who literally sells petrol to the U.S. circumscribed in the capitalist system and the global market, hard socialism and pure ideology can’t make a country survive against the capitalist machine that is the U.S, and that’s a reality.
latinoamerican countries, sadly, have always fell into what Wallerstein calls peripheric-countries, which means that our income and balance economically depends from core countries, like the u.s and it’s basically been this way since colony, as they stole and continue to steal our resources in order to sell us the manufactured pieces back. re: we sell copper, they give us chips and computers for triple the price.
therefore, and it’s what LITERALLY happened in chile in Allende’s government, when the socialist government relies on ideology more that strategy, economically speaking, the country isn’t profitable for core countries, and that’s where the economic blockage comes from. Ven*zuela’s goverment calls this “americans are forcing us to accomodate to the capitalist system by blocking us economically so that the socialist agenda falls, we won’t surrender yada yada yada” ; which is ideology to me, more than practicality.
That’s legit what happened with Allende, he nationalized copper, expropriated thousands of acres and gave it to working class people, all in like two years, and then the U.S retracted their business in fruit importation, in forest / wood resources, in copper, and we as a dependable country fell into a hole, and no food, long queues to get bread, no hospitals supplies, etc.
And then came Nixon and Kissinger with their money and tanks, and killed thousands of people who supported the socialist government, in another act of pure ideology.
I think, and this is my opinion, there are ways to democratize and implement socialist reforms within countries that are peripheric, the president before allende, eduardo frei montalva did just that, he started nationalizing copper gradually and slowly, in a way that wouldn’t freak out international business, and also slowly began the expropriation of land in the south, which i think was the way to go.
My point is that, governments that run on pure ideology are doomed from the start, and now with Mad*ro it’s just pure populism and thirst for power, oligarchy in its finest form slowly converting to fascism.
I wish there was a way to stop it not involving violence, the best way i think would be a revolution from the people that are suffering, and not from the hard right that are probably already begging for the U.S to get involved, and you never want the U.S to get involved.
It’s such a tough situation on countries that depend so hard on core-countries. And opinions are hard when you’re supposed to be behind the ideology that they say they represent but not agree on the means. But, you’ve got to be fair, Venez*ela’s case is worrying, and it’s kind of terrible that no international media are covering it at all which would only contribute to hide another U.S deadly intervention.
(sighs) i hope something happens soon ):