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(en) anarkismo.net: El Libertario newspaper of Venezuela: Right-wing "anarchism" at the service of the bourgeoisie and interventionism (ca, fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 5 Sep 2017 08:23:29 +0300

As a reader of the anarchist press, I was perplexed to note that as a result of the February 2014 protests in Venezuela, the newspaper El Libertario departed radically from the principles and purposes of anarchism, adopting a line in tune with the mass media and in functionality with statism, the right bourgeoisie and interventionism. The El Libertario newspaper, using a typically bourgeois citizen language in defense of Democracy and Human Rights, even called for the intervention of organizations such as the OAS in Venezuela (1) through its digital website and to issue manipulations such as the assertion that the February movement in Venezuela was born of "spontaneity." (2) ---- Days before, Rafael Uzcátegui, editor of El Libertario, in an article called Manifesto Nini, said:

"Today is a need to oxygenate the country's corrupt political landscape, reinvent the movement dynamics and recover a democratic institutionality that responds to the needs of people." (3)

In reading this declaration of bourgeois-democratic intentions, I asked myself what were the motivations of Rafael Uzcátegui for such a reformist position. I then decided to read this newspaper carefully to understand what interests pursue such an ideological turn and to visualize the possible concrete links of the media with the bourgeoisie and the mechanisms they use in the name of "Anarchy" to manipulate mediatically, both nationally and internationally.

Before proceeding, I think it pertinent to remember that criticism of those who participate in El Libertario's elaboration tends to focus mainly on the fact that they are middle-class people, "sifrinos," as they would say in Venezuela. These criticisms I consider to be insufficient, since, without being a minor theme, the social origin of the editors, the important and fundamental for anarchism historically has been the political practice and the libertarian conscience. But those who support El Libertario, besides belonging to the privileged middle classes, carry out a concretely bourgeois concrete political activity: collaborationism, class conciliation, interventionism, citizenship and bourgeois pacifism. So I'll try to show you why.

El Libertario and its direct link with the bourgeois organization Provea

The editor of El Libertario, Rafael Uzcátegui, known in anarchist circles as author of the book Venezuela: The Revolution as a spectacle, is one of the leading theoreticians and freed employees of the NGO Provea, an organization that was strongly questioned for its partial character in favor of the parties right wing in Venezuela. (4)

Provea and El Libertario share the same discursive line of defense of democracy, constitution and human rights. Rafael Uzcátegui, is not a simple employee of a company as any of us could work, but the work that develops in Provea corresponds to an activity of political militancy remunerated like released of this organization. The newspaper El Libertario presents itself as the communicational arm of Provea, proof of which is that they promote the declarations of Provea, both written (5) and in the video format (6).

The discourse on Human Rights and Democracy, historically related to the left, is currently a weapon of interventionist, neocolonial capitalism. It was in the name of democracy and human rights that the genocides and invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya were consummated. This speech is praised by NGOs who openly appeal to interventionism, a communication practice strongly criticized by different anticapitalist circles, a concrete example is the critique of Amnesty International's interventionism by the anarchist magazine Love and Rabies. (7)

In Venezuela, the dynamics are similar: Rafael Uzcátegui himself, through twitter (8), issued declarations from Provea, openly calling for international interventionism: "Events in Venezuela show the deterioration of public institutions to effectively arbitrate on the diversity of political positions that exist in Venezuela. Faced with this situation, it is very important that several sectors of the national and international community react. " (9)

What does this NGO refer to as an "international community"? The AIT? The anarchic and hardworking world? You must be too naive to think such a thing. They clearly refer to politico-military organizations associated with organizations such as the European Union and especially the Organization of American States, where the US government stands out. It is no coincidence that Provea is financed by agencies of the international bourgeoisie of these states.

Who is behind Provea?

Provea is funded primarily by the US and Europe. It is the same organization that points out on its website receiving direct funding from different companies and states (10). Among the funders are England, a state that has been the protagonist of the United States in the genocide of Iraq and Afghanistan. (11)

Also noteworthy is the US funding for Provea by the "democratic" and "very concerned about the Venezuelan people" organization, Open Society Institute (12), an organization of financial terrorist and professional speculator George Soros (13). Settled by Forbes as one of the 10 richest men in the US (14), George Soros is known for his ability to prey in the world of global speculation and was the main protagonist of the black Wednesday, financial crisis that in 1992 caused the bankruptcy of the Bank of England, by allowing this speculator to increase its fortune by more than a billion dollars. (15)

Among the private financiers of Provea are Ford Motor Company (16), a company with important industrial interests in Venezuela (car plant in Valencia, Carabobo state). The Ford Motor Company has a long history of collaboration with fascist regimes, financed Nazism (17) and was the first major international company to collaborate with Franco (18). The company was accused in Argentina of having participated directly in the illegal detention, torture and disappearance of its own workers under the military dictatorship of Videla and the military junta that governed Argentina between 1976 and 1983. (19) The criminal history of Ford is infinite . Also noteworthy is the case of the anti-union dismissal of 58 delegates from the coordinating assembly in 1977 at the Almussafes plant in Valencia, Spain. Also known was the case of dismissal against the companion secretary general of the CNT at Ford, Alfredo Martinez, when opposing Toyotismo. (20) Another case of Ford's bosses' terrorism was to leave 450 families of workers from Puerto de Santa María in Cadiz in 2011 for relocation, despite the fact that the factory has made large profits since 1990. (21)

Another funding body of Provea is CEJIL (22), a US parastatal organization, whose mission is, according to its website: "to promote systematic changes at the state level and to serve as jurisprudence for the region" (22). CEJIL is an official consultant to the OAS, the Organization of American States, where the United States exercises and strengthens its political, military and economic domination in the region. (23)

Other States that finance Provea are Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway; Germany through organizations such as Dienste in Übersee and Spain through the Catholic organization Funderetica (24). Among the private financiers of Provea also stands the chemical-pharmaceutical giant Merck (25), a company that speculates on the health of millions of people, present in hundreds of countries.

Provea also receives direct EU funding, (26) State organization that has been strongly questioned as an accomplice to the fascist coup in Ukraine in early 2014. (27)

In an article called "Autonomy for social movements," Rafael Uzcátegui, editor of El Libertario and pro-active activist at Provea, defends "the creation of multiple spaces of survival and resistance, autonomous and completely alien to the State and private initiative" (28). can you speak of autonomy when you receive funding directly from the upper bourgeoisie for your political activities?

El Libertario and the analytical manipulation of the February revolt in Venezuela

In a statement to the events from February to March 2014 in Venezuela, the collective editor of El Libertario states: "Contrary to what has been said about riots only of bourgeois and petty bourgeois, they have a transversal social content where there are people of all conditions ". (29) On the face of it, it seems that El Libertario "forgets" that bourgeois movements have historically been polyclassists. What better example than the mother of all revolutions: the French Revolution, a movement where people from different classes and strata participated In the coup and reactionary movement that finally overthrew the social democratic government of Salvador Allende, there were also people from different social classes, from mine workers, transporters to large capitalists and landowners.

In the same report on the February revolt, the newspaper El Libertario states: "It is important to insist that this collective insurrection has been and is basically spontaneous." (30)

This is a tremendous sociopolitical manipulation. To assert that the February protests were spontaneous is to try to give it a character of self-organization and anarchic colors for a deeply authoritarian movement. A movement motivated mainly by reactionary slogans, such as the "end of insecurity" (hard hand and arrest for delinquency), "Maduro Vete Ya" and "SOS Venezuela", is clearly a philopascist authoritarian movement in search of interventionism, at once, he could do nothing but change one president for another into the Executive Power.

One can not speak of spontaneity when it was the great right-wing and ultra-right parties that called for a revolt against the government to the cry of 'Maduro Vete YA'.

One can not speak of spontaneity when we witness how, through the bourgeois media of communication, there is a whole work to stimulate the protests and the interventionism. One can not speak of spontaneity when, for years, sectors of the Venezuelan bourgeoisie, supported by governments of different latitudes and especially by the United States, sought to overthrow Chavista governments in any way. One can not speak of spontaneity, when the Venezuelan right repeats the same script that finally ended up overthrowing the Social-Democrat government of Salvador Allende. One can not speak of spontaneity when, for decades and decades, Latin American countries suffered fascist uprisings, with thousands of dead, tortured and disappeared, led by the international bourgeoisie.

The parties called for the February protests (Popular Will, Primero Justicia) correspond to the most reactionary right in Venezuela. They are the equivalent of the UDI in Chile or the PP in Spain. The most rancid right in Venezuela.

El Libertario and the historical manipulation
The repression of the terrorist state must always be denounced and criticized, but to equate the Caracazo of 1989, a popular, spontaneous and anti-capitalist movement against the corrupt policies of the IMF, with the bourgeois and reactionary revolt that has plagued sectors since February 12 in the region. manipulation and an insult to the oppressed and exploited classes. What lived in Venezuela is not a 15M 2011, where the "Spanish people" without a clear political speech was launched on the street to protest against the political class in part and against other capitalism. Not a "Let them all go! (Out all!) "That took to the streets in Argentina of 2001 against the blow of the corralito. What Venezuela experienced in February 2014 was a movement led by ultra-right parties whose main desire was to overthrow the government of bureaucrat Nicolás Maduro and seize the state machine. That is, the February revolt was a statist, authoritarian and bourgeois movement, with coup plot intentions and philofascist practices.

I insist that repression must always be denounced, but to add mediation to the demonstrations that have been called by right-wing parties is an authoritarian and bourgeois practice, a practice as or more authoritarian as supporting governments directly or through the electoral mechanism.

As far as repressed students are concerned, there is no doubt that libertarians, wherever they are, should sympathize with the repressed, but when left-wing or right-wing governments repress students in Chile, it does not justify the hypothetically to the protests of the right. In the same way, I do not imagine Andalusian, Basque, Catalan or Galician anarchists, participating in the mobilizations of the PP or National Democracy. Although it is not comparable, but given the discussion, even left-wing autonomous groups like OPV and radicalized sectors of the MIR for the period of Popular Unity (UP) in Chile (1970-1973), however critical they were from Allende, added to the protests of the right-wing bourgeoisie that sought to create the necessary conditions for the coup against the UP government.

The Libertarian and his False Critique of Marxism I

also find it important to communicate that El Libertario in certain documents apparently criticizes the Marxist position of the Latin American Leninist tradition of "popular power." However, he does not hesitate to publish through his digital website, the analyzes and appeals of the PSL, Trotskyist party, that is, Marxist and statist. However, Libertario and Provea organize activities together with the PSL, such as the Syndicate and the Popular Meeting in Caracas (31), where they share a trench with the Revolutionary and Autonomous Revolution, the arm of PSL's statist syndicalism. (32)

The Venezuelan libertarian as a voice of the bourgeoisie

The El Libertario newspaper, through its digital website, during the February protests and until today, has been dedicated to publicizing different activities and advertisements of Venezuelan law, such as "Human Chains" (33), "vigils" (34) and " Testimony: on the protests in Maracaibo '(35). In this section you can fill pages and pages with similar quotations. The manipulation of El Libertario's media is endless. Every day I check your digital site, I find new entries - some are to my liking, I must say - in fact, El Libertario's media manipulation tactic consists of interposing images, Bakunin phrases and anarchist communiqués from important libertarian organizations with authoritarian propaganda and class conciliation. This is how they deceive and generate sympathy in different anarchist media. But it's a matter of revising your digital site a bit more to make it clear that the liberal trend in El Libertario is prevalent.

It is also customary to read in the Libertarian communiqués of the neo-colonizing NGO Amnesty International.

The trench of the editor of El Libertario, Rafael Uzcategui, is statist citizenship, his analyzes are based on repeated quotations to human rights and to authoritarian miseries like the constitution. In a column published on March 17, 2014, Rafael Uzcategui states that "one must be firm in condemning acts of violence and having the force to reject any non-constitutional mechanism" (36).

Do I need to explain why defending the constitution is not an anarchist practice? Since when are the anarchists responsible for defending the constitutional order of states?


The newspaper El Libertario of Venezuela is the greatest exponent of right-wing "anarchism" in Latin America, it is an informative that manipulates in a brazen way. Its main function is to bring people who are sympathetic to anarchist ideas for liberal and pro-citizenship positions and therefore functional for the state, capitalism and class-divided society.

The newspaper El Libertario is a means directly financed by the international bourgeoisie through the para-state organization Provea, that is, not only do they deviate from the principles and purposes of anarchism at the communicational level, but also their specific position on the social level is absolutely bourgeois and reactionary: private bureaucracy, think tank, subsidization, parasitism, systemic hypocrisy, class reconciliation, and theoretical and practical absurdities. In short, the newspaper El Libertario is a liberal medium, representative of the bourgeoisie, functional to statism and the ruling class, are therefore enemies of the oppressed and exploited classes.

Final considerations

The intention of this text is not to justify in any way the repression of the Venezuelan terrorist state, nor is it a nod to the populist social democracy that governs Venezuela, but it is a call to attention to the popular world and especially to people who work with counter-information, anti-capitalist critique, autonomous organizations and anarchists, student federations and anarcho-syndicalists to have at least a bit of prudence in dealing with liberal-bourgeois analyzes and the panfletarismo of El Libertario of Venezuela.

Nor is the intention of the text to defend the tendencies that created identity with Chavismo, nor with those parties and organizations that write poems for Chavez. It is true that the Chavitas governments have won the sympathy of broad sectors of the left, also, unfortunately, of small sectors that proclaim themselves as libertarians, it is not the intention of this article to criticize these tendencies, but I will comment that those who direct or indirectly support governments may have very good intentions, but they are not anarchists. Personally, I do not consider the FARV an anarchist organization either. In fact, I can agree with the people of El Libertario in the abstentionist campaigns they held in contrast to the FARV, who campaigned to support Chavez's candidates for power. However, anarchism is not merely abstentionism, one can be abstentionist and at the same time a functional bourgeois for the interests of capitalism. It may be abstentionist and at the same time authoritarian and despot.

Regardless of the public policies promoted by Chavista governments, it, like any other government, continues to reproduce and strengthen the domination of capitalism, and like any other state, Venezuelans use the violence of mercenaries and police forces against society. It is the duty of all to denounce those who collaborate with governments, as well as the task of all, to denounce the liberal tendencies that disguise themselves as anarchists.


(1) Pilate's OAS http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com.es/2014/03/opinion-la-oea-de-pilatos.html
(2) Declaration before the events of February-March 2014 http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com/2014/03/declaracion-ante-los-eventos-de-febrero.html
(3) Manifesto Nini http://rafaeluzcategui.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/manifiesto-nini/
(4) It is a matter of reviewing the page of Provea and observing that more than an NGO is a true political party or another arm of the State, according to the occasion. http://www.derechos.org.ve/
(5) Provide: International Bulletin February 2014 http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com/2014/03/provea-boletin-in-news-febrero-2014.html
(6) Provide: Situation of Human Rights in Vzla at 21.02.14 http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com/2014/02/provea-situacion-de-los-ddhh-en-vzla-al.html
(7) Amnesty International, colonialism with a friendly face http://noticiasayr.blogspot.com/2014/01/amnistia-internacional-colonialismo-con.html

(9) Human rights and social organizations of Venezuela spread urgent action before the situation of the country http://www.derechos.org.ve/2014/02/24/organizations-social-and-de-ddhh-de-venezuela-difunden -accion-urgente-ante-situacion-del-pais /
(10) Provide: Who make our mission possible http://www.derechos.org.ve/provea/quienes-hacen-posible-nuestra-mision/
(11) Provide: Who make our mission possible http://www.derechos.org.ve/provea/quienes-hacen-posible-nuestra-mision/
(12) Provide: Who make our mission possible http://www.derechos.org.ve/provea/quienes-hacen-posible-nuestra-mision/
(13) Open Society Foundations (George Soros) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Society_Foundations
(14) Soros joins the list of the 10 largest US fortunes http://gestion.pe/noticia/1306213/soros-se-une-lista-10-mayores-fortunas-eeuu
(15) Black Wednesday http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mi%C3%A9rcoles_negro
(16) Provide: Who make our mission possible http://www.derechos.org.ve/provea/quienes-hacen-posible-nuestra-mision/
(17) Ford, the biggest American support for Nazism
(18) Interview with Antonio Pérez Collado by Enric Llopis for Rebellión 16-05- 2012 http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=149632
(19) Three former Ford executives in Argentina were sued http://www.rcinet.ca/es/2013/05/22/procesados-tres-ex-directivos-de-la-ford-en-argentina/
(20) Interview with Antonio Pérez Collado by Enric Llopis for Rebellión 16-05- 2012 http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=149632
(21) Blog anarchist order, news published on October 12, 2011 http://ordenanarquista.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/14-octubre-day-accion-internacional-contra-ford-visteon
(22) Provide: Who make our mission possible http://www.derechos.org.ve/provea/quienes-hacen-posible-nuestra-mision/
(23) Who we are (CEJIL) https://www.cejil.org/cejil/quienes-so we
(24) Provide: Who make our mission possible http://www.derechos.org.ve/provea/quienes-hacen-posible-nuestra-mision/
(25) Ibid.
(26) Ibid.
(27) Nazi-Maidan and coup d'etat in Ukraine http://www.tercerainformacion.es/spip.php?article65171
(28) Rafael Uzcátegui / Autonomy for social movements http://www.derechos.org.ve/2014/02/03/rafael-uzcategui-autonomia-para-los-movimientossosociales/
(29) Declaration before the events of February-March 2014 http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com/2014/03/declaracion-ante-los-eventos-de-febrero.html
(30) Ibid.
(31) Sindical and Popular Meeting http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com/2014/03/encuentro-sindical-y-popular-acordo.html
(32) Ibid.
(33) The Human Chains http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com/2014/03/protesta-creativa-en-vzla-las-cadenas.html
(34) The vigils http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com/2014/03/protesta-creativa-en-vzla-las-vigilias.html
(35) On the protests in Maracaibo http://periodicoellibertario.blogspot.com/2014/03/testimonio-sobre-las-protestas-en.html
(36) Rafael Uzcátegui / The responsibility of the President http://www.derechos.org.ve/2014/03/17/rafael-uzcategui-la-responsabilidade-del-presidente/

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