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(en) Editorial of El Libertario issue #36 March 2004 - Venezuela today: the anarchist perspective

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Date Fri, 13 Aug 2004 06:04:01 +0200 (CEST)

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with the slogan "LET THEM ALL GO" the editors of the voice of the Comisión
de Relaciones Anarquistas propose to advance towards a libertarian
solution to the structural crisis Venezuelan society is suffering]
If they all go, who shall remain? We have reiterated in this
publication the falsehood of the apparent polarization that affects
the Venezuelan people. In spite of the different spin in their
speeches - sometimes not even that - the leadership of both sides
react to the continuity of a political matrix set in stone during the
last four decades: populist demagogy, lack of agreement for the
national project, cult of leader's personality and exclusive client
relations at the social base.

On the side of so-called chavismo we find a heterogeneous set of
actors that must be separated in two dimensions: a sector allied
with the populace unacknowledged by and not participating in the
institutions, another of members of political and military
institutions with diverse participation in the management of the
Fourth Republic. The former are spokesmen for legitimate claims
for change and social justice, the latter, placed at several stages of
the pyramid of power, reissue past practices in order to obtain
legitimacy as agents of the new bureaucracy established in the
usual state apparatus. For its part, the opposition is as diverse as
chavismo, but with the clear difference of not following a single
leader. Its sector most talked about in the media
consists of the Coordinadora Democrática, heir to the worst of the
former political caste. Under it we find mostly the middle class (part
of which voted for Chávez in the elections) with scant and
improvised political experience, and like the chavista base,
expecting change in the country. This group, as it becomes more
disillusioned with the "leadership" of past widows, has been feeding
that other group foreign to both sides and known as the "Ni-Ni"
(Neither-Nor) who today constitute the largest political minority in
the national scene.

The virulent attacks, both by the official side as well as the
opposition, against the depolarized sector lays bare the thinking that
prevails in both: to keep a fake confrontation of empty but
grandiloquent rhetoric ("Freedom vs. Dictatorship", "Revolution vs.
Fascism") whose belligerent solution will end up benefiting them.
Because of this, the existence of different agents, with different
ways of thinking and feeling, is seen as a threat by both.

As libertarians we think that we can't return to the past because we
remain in the past. In spite of the government's leftist discourse and
its strident struggle against the local businessmen and the foreign
diplomats, its business deals favor the true puppet masters of the
world: the foreign banks, telecommunication and multinational
companies allied to the energy sector. We will not expound on the
pretensions of the heirs of the AD and COPEI parties: we know
well their practical arrogance.

Let them all go, don't let any of them stay. Let's not put another in
their place and let's dissolve the Power amidst the social base.
There's nothing to hope for with the corrupt and autocratic
leadership of both sides, we only hope for their exile to another
galaxy. The rest of us shall remain: feminists, indigenous people,
principled human rights defenders, students, housewives, peasants,
laborers, the unemployed, rockers, the gullible ones, the utopians,
air heads and even chavistas and members of the opposition not
contaminated by the practice of power, whose deafening roar and
ant-like workings transcend the media manipulation both sides
practice. MVR, PPT, MAS, AD, Primero Justicia, Proyecto
Venezuela, COPEI, Armed Forces, Police, Chávez, Mendoza,
Salas Romer: Let them all go! The rest of us will remain to build a
free and just society.

[Translation: Luis]

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