Monday, November 24, 2008

Yet another mandate for revolution in Venezuela

Yesterday's state elections in Venezuela saw Chavez's allies win the vast majority of races. The opposition did make strategic gains, however, winning the two most populous states and the Capital District of Caracas. They, quite correctly, point out Venezuela still faces many problems similar to those faced before Chavez took office. Of course, they neglect to mention they're the main reason for this. Those in the opposition tend to make good use out of the fact they've prevented much of the needed actions (and those bureaucratic "Bolivarian" leaders opposed to the revolution do nothing but help them).

This election is yet another mandate for revolution from the people of Venezuela. It is time for their leaders to follow through. It is time for serious land reform, nationalization of all major industry under democratic workers' control, meaningful power centered in councils, etc. Those opposed to the revolution, including "Bolivarian" officials, will be easy to spot when the dismantling of the bourgeois state becomes clear. (No worries, as Miami has many foreclosed homes that are just taking up space right now.)

This should be a wake up call to those comfortable in the government; the people of Venezuela continue to demand change (fans of Obama take note, they're demanding real change).