cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgThe Present Realities in Venezuela

By Corriente Comunista Revolucionaria (RCIT Venezuela), January 25th 2017, http://rcitvenezuela.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Introduction

 

 

 

  1. Capitalism entered a new historical cycle of crisis, characterized by the dramatic decline in productive forces and increasing contradictions inherent to the system. The class antagonism between capital and labor continues to deepen, making economic, political and social explosions inevitable.

 

  1. Actually the world is dominated by big monopolist powers that oppress and exploit to working class. Latin America is a region of semi-colonial countries which are super-exploited by these big monopolist powers that, as a result of this spoliation, have subjected popular masses to hardest poverty levels and have led these countries in region to severe debt crisis, devaluations, bankruptcy and inflation.

 

  1. For that reason, the impact of inner-imperialist contradictions (mainly between US, EU, Japan, Russia and China) becomes more evident and severe the crisis of capitalist system. Consequently, increases the capacity of super-exploitation and oppression that imperialist monopolies have in semi-colonial countries. It is not possible to completely solve these fundamental problems if the working class doesn’t destroy capitalist system.

 

 

 

Venezuelan capitalism

 

 

 

  1. Venezuela is a semi-colonial capitalist country that is immersed in a structural crisis which is a consequence of its inability to overcome the rentier character of its economic model marked by dependency on a single raw material industry and imports in all other sectors. The current cycle of Venezuelan crisis is marked by two general elements:

 

* A non-diversified economy dependent on oil revenues and,

 

* The monopoly by bourgeoisie on main means of production.

 

  1. Remaining within capitalism’s limits, Venezuela depends entirely on the price movement in the world oil market and the policies dictated by OPEC. Strategic economic sectors were abandoned ─ such as agriculture and industry ─ or reduced in their importance by replacing production with imports.

 

  1. The bourgeoisie in Venezuela ─ strongly linked to US imperialism and its dictates ─ has the monopoly over means of production. This gives them the power to manage the market at their whim, reduce supply of products and generate shortage with consequent increase in prices. These methods are traditionally used by the parasitic bourgeoisies in states where they cannot have direct political domination.

 

  1. The Venezuelan bourgeois appropriated all surplus value which is steals from the working class and does not reinvest it to strengthen its own productive apparatus, resulting in important consequences for the general capacity of production. The Maduro government could not reform the economy as it failed to establish control over the economy and to prevent the bourgeoisie from strangling it. This is the result of the governments’ terrible illusion that such reforms could be sustainable, something which is impossible as long as the capitalist class controls the means of production. For that reason, it has created the “National Council of Productive Economics” with the intention to negotiate and try to reach agreement with the bourgeoisie. This has, by the way, not worked either.

 

  1. All these factors have created an awful situation in which the working class is directly attacked and has to pay the consequences: shortages and endless lines to find food, rampant speculation, precarious and insufficient wages due to inflation (which exceeded 475% in 2016 and forced Maduro’s government to make changes in the monetary system). Today, more than ever, Venezuelan working class is faced with the alternative “socialism or barbarism”.

 

 

 

PSUV and MUD: Contradictions and power

 

 

 

  1. MUD and PSUV have exacerbated their contradictions and entered a new stage in the struggle for power. On the one hand, PSUV tries by all possible means to maintain dominion over the state ─ which internally has deep contradictions ─ through a “leftist” government that uses “socialist” rhetoric while applying reforms that do not directly attack structural problems affecting the masses, trapped within capitalism limits. On the other hand, MUD takes advantage of the control that the bourgeoisie ─ associated with the right-wing parties ─ has over the means of production to induce higher levels of crisis. MUD has succeeded in materializing this advantage in electoral victories ─ despite its internal disagreements over the distribution of power and influence ─ and constantly prepares reactionary attacks aimed at overthrowing Maduro’s government.

 

  1. Recent history has shown that “progressive” or “leftist” governments ─ like the one in Venezuela ─ have failed to break with capitalism, making themselves unable to prevent their countries from becoming victims of deep recessions. In fact, all these governments have a populist or popular front character and have yielded economic power to the capitalist class or have allowed the latter to conserve it. By this they are condemning the working class and oppressed to continue suffering in the bourgeois system. However, a right-wing government would represent a serious setback for working class. Their programs of adjustments, privatizations and austerity are designed to annihilate all social and democratic conquests achieved by popular masses in struggle (just like Macri did recently in Argentina and Temer in Brazil). The central task for Venezuelan working class consist of need to find full political independence to overcome dramatic leadership crisis and neutralize reactionary offensives of ruling classes.

 

 

 

Class independence and revolutionary party

 

 

 

  1. The crucial task for the working class in this period of reaction and exacerbation in class struggle is to establish its political independence. The workers’ vanguard and all true revolutionaries must break with reformist, populist or centrist organizations and tendencies. These deviations block the advance of socialist cause.

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency calls for Venezuelan working class to form an independent revolutionary combat party with a clear program based on concrete perspectives for abolition of capitalist exploitation relations and liberation of exploited and oppressed, that determines the way until final conquest of power.

 

 

 

No future without socialism!

 

No socialism without a revolution!

 

No revolution without a revolutionary party!

 

 

 

Corriente Comunista Revolucionaria (RCIT Venezuela)

 

E-mail: rcitvenezuela@gmail.com

 

 

 

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About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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