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(en) Venezuela, EL LIBERTARIO #37 Editorial; april-may 2004

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Date Sat, 14 Aug 2004 08:01:13 +0200 (CEST)

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We are not surprised at all by the decline of the current managers of
the Venezuelan State. Just like the AD and COPEI parties who
ruled the country the previous four decades, and the intentions of
those who currently aspire to do so ("Primero Justicia", "Proyecto
Venezuela", etc), the Chavist State only follows the state's supreme
law: its own self-preservation, at any price. This goal justifies, as
chavists learned from their puntofijist predecessors, lying,
blackmailing, labour coercion, phone-tapping, jailing and torturing.
This State, just like the previous ones and the ones that will follow,
restricts the freedom of the individual, stifles her development,
allows for unjust appropiation, distorts the human personality and
erodes the natural predisposition towards solidarity, and relies upon
the perpetual threat of violence towards its

There was a wide awareness about the evils of party clientelism, but
it was capitalized by a new party, the Polo Patriotico, which put
Chavez in office. One bureaucracy was overthrown, one
government toppled, but the ways of thinking that created them
went unchallenged. So they produced a clone of the old, a new elite
who repeats, and even exceeds, the vices it claimed to be rebelling

Some people claim that the current bureaucracy is the lesser evil, because
of the so-called social missions. No government can last for too long
without hiding its true nature -the monopoly and expoliation of
social functions- under the masquerade of looking for the welfare of
all; it can't protect the privileged without pretending to protect the
unprivileged too. In most Latin American countries, governments
survive by having a wide clientelist support base.

We anarchists deny that good-willed individuals in charge are
necessary to change the state of things. The corrupting influence of
Power denies that possibility. Bakunin, one of many libertarian
thinkers, said: "Such has been the history of political power since
the very beginnings of the world". This also explains how and why,
democratic and rebellious individuals of the reddest variety (while
they lived among the governed masses) became extremely
conservative then they got in charge themselves. Those setbacks
are usually attributed to treason. But that is a mistake; the chief
cause is the change in position and perspective. The problem,
therefore, is government itself.

Those who used to denounce corruption, Human Rights violations
and excesses of
all kinds, today, when they are in charge, justify anything, are only
rehearsing the script written for the rulers. Their rule repeats, under
different slogans and party colors, what was predicted a century
before by the russian anti-authoritarian movement: "A government
that doesn't abuse its power, and doesn't oppress, and acts honestly
and impartially, [emphasizing] the interests... of its constituency,
such a government is akin to the cuadrature of the circle, an
unreachable ideal, because it opposes human nature. The nature of
every human being is such that, when given power over others, he
will oppress them; once set in an exceptional position, and
excluded from human equality, any individual will become a

Let's not waste our hopes in the guardians of power, neither the
current ones or those who are waiting in line to replace them; all of
them, without exception, seek only to satisfy their lust for power,
get drunk in feuds and entrench themselves in their positions. To
deepen society's autonomous, horizontal networks, to support
radical cultural change and to create, here and now, mechanisms
and ways of life that approach the society we want, are some of the
alternatives. A new world is not only possible; also, to avoid the
evils that Power brings about, this new world is needed soon.

[Translation: Rubén]

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