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Web discussions--" Don't over do it"

Unity blog -- this weeks featured blog here at LeftClick-- published a May Day statement on the Venezuelan revolutionary process that called for an active engagement with the Chavez current in Venezuela.This was followed by an open invitation to discuss the significance and meaning of the Bolivarian revolution to Marxists today and especially to the IST to which Unity's writers are affiliated.. This invitation has been taken up by a Dutch socialist, and IST member, who pours water on Unity's enthusiasm. These contributions can be taken up here on Unity -- Venezuela: a Dutch socialist says "Don't overdo it"

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Ian Angus | June 14, 2007

The contribution from the Netherlands is sad. Much discussion of defeated revolutions of the 20th Century -- Spain, Hungary, Portugal -- all of which are said to be much more important than than the Venezuelan struggle today.

What about the 20th Century revolutions that actually overthrew capitalism, in China, Cuba and Vietnam? Cuba and China don't rate any mention at all, and Vietnam is only discussed as a war, not a revolution.

And since Cuba is avoided, the author doesn't have to deal with the close alliance between Cuba and Venezuela, or the significance of ALBA for the Latin American anti-imperialist struggle , or ... but you get the picture.

Defeated revolutions are easy to hail as great examples, because they were thrown back before they deviated from Tony Cliff's abstract criteria. Real revolutions in real countries never match the Platonic ideal. Venezuela is a case in point.

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