Nicolás Maduro is and shall remain the president of Venezuela. Nevertheless, the imperialists abroad and the oppositionists at home have entered into an unholy alliance bent on destroying the national sovereignty of the country. In order to get a handle on the situation, it’s important that we look at the arguments of the imperialist/oppositionist bloc and address them point by point.
I’ve written previously about Venezuela’s real problem (hint: Capitalism). Here we are, two weeks after the inauguration of Maduro for his next term and We$tern Regimes are saying that he is no longer the president. How did we get here?
- Imperialist: “There’s no democracy! Maduro’s illegitimate!”
Yes, there is. No, he isn’t.
The head of the opposition is the Majority Leader of the National Assembly, Venezuela’s unicameral legislative body. So if Maduro is so great at rigging elections, why isn’t his party the majority party in the parliament? I mean, a little bit of logic would be helpful here. At the same time, don’t “repressive dictatorships blah blah blah” stamp out any and all protest? Why are there so many protests in Venezuela if there’s no democracy?
Of course, the imperialists will say that the government tries to stamp out the protests with tear gas. In Egypt in 2011, the government used live ammunition to quell the protests. Is there no difference between the two tactics? Shouldn’t we then be condemning Macron’s brutal authoritarian regime crack down on the peaceful democratic oppositionists in Paris?
He’s shooting fucking tear gas from helicopters!
Look at Macron gassing his own people!
Obviously, there is democracy in Venezuela, even if it isn’t perfect. Maduro was elected by a majority (he won with 67% and a 46% turnout – an enormously high percentage with a typical We$tern-style turnout). For the record, the fascist orangutan in Washington did not win a majority. Is that democratic?
Remember that not one single person voted for Guaido to be the president in the elections, because he didn’t run. To declare himself interim president flies in the face of every democratic principle.
The oppositionists are in control of the National Assembly, there’s a broad oppositionist media landscape (including on the internet, obviously), and there is clearly a strong protest culture that has developed freely under the Bolivarian government. Does that sound like there’s no democracy in Venezuela?
- Imperialist: “The We$t ought to intervene.”
That’s the fucking problem!
The We$t has been intervening since Hugo Chavez was elected in 1999. This is evidenced by the coup attempt in 2002, the sanctioning of the government since 2014, and the creation of the Lima Group, which is an organization created by the most reactionary regimes in the We$tern hemisphere, designed at overthrowing the Venezuelan government. Or, as the Washington Post puts it:
Obviously, as we’ve established, Maduro is no dictator. If he were a dictator, then we know he would have the backing of Brazil’s regime right now! And, by the way, Duque in Colombia is no better than Bolsonaro. One more thing – if it wasn’t already obvious, Trudeau’s government in Canada is also hardcore reactionary and imperialist.
Of course, imperialism only flows one way – the powerful countries get to dictate what less powerful countries are to do. Violence flows down the hierarchy. Could we imagine, for example, Venezuela declaring Nancy Pelosi to be the president of the U.$.? Would anyone take that seriously?
Neither should we take the claims of We$tern imperialism seriously.
So, to the liberals and pseudo-leftists who refuse to stand with Venezuela (I’m looking at you, Bernie Sanders!), I recommend, as always, that you go back and read Lenin’s Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. He correctly emphasized that “politically, imperialism is, in general, a striving towards violence and reaction.” Imperialism here is not going to bring anything to the Venezuelan people but destruction and ruin.
- Imperialist: “Even the Venezuelans want Maduro gone.”
Some Venezuelans do indeed want Maduro to stop being the president of Venezuela.
Some Venezuelans have been against the Bolivarian Revolution from the very beginning. Can we make any educated guesses as to what groups of people would be against a socialist party in Latin America? And what groups would support a socialist party?
I’ll give you a hint – rich, white people don’t like Maduro. That’s undeniable. You know who does like Maduro? The poor, black, and indigenous people of Venezuela. Need proof?
There’s a reason that the vast majority of the Venezuelan people are rejecting this coup attempt (if you don’t believe me, the most trending hashtags on Twitter in Venezuela right now are all pro-Maduro: #YankeeGoHome, #VenezuelaYElMundoConMaduro, and #24Ene). Is that a coincidence?
- Imperialist: “Socialism has failed.”
This is the primary bullshit argument of them all. Is the Venezuelan economy doing well? No. Is this because of “socialism”? No.
Socialism has not failed.
2019 will not be a repeat of 2002, however, because the Venezuelan government and the Venezuelan people are united against imperialism. The capitalists and imperialists will fail here as they failed in 2017 and 2014. We leftists must stand arm-in-arm with Venezuela. We leftists must defend Venezuelan democracy.