Pedro Campos

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HAVANA TIMES — President Hugo Chavez has again won the presidential elections in Venezuela. We of Cuba’s “Participative and Democratic Socialism (SPD) platform congratulate the Venezuelan people, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and especially Comrade Hugo Chavez for this victory.

In this triumph, the ideas of a new form of participative and democratic socialism are focused on the solution to the problems that affect the people.

The recognition by the opposition of Chavez’s triumph left gasping for air all those who aspired to create social chaos in which they hoped to destroy the Venezuelan revolutionary process.

The president’s call for dialogue and “coexistence,” as well as his recognition of the role of the opposition are new paradigmatic milestones of the new form of socialism being sought.

Popular enthusiasm around the elections in Venezuela, both by Chavez supporters and the opposition, shows that the democratic system of parties has a place in the future of what some call “socialism of the 21st century” and in today what’s being attempted in Venezuela.

For Cubans, Chavez’s victory is particularly important, given the ties we have with his people the and the large amount of economic exchanges based primarily on exchanges of medical and other types of services for Venezuelan oil.

Cubans mustn’t respond to the process that has just taken place in Venezuela only with our solidarity. We need to also draw from those experiences and use them to continue radicalizing our own relatively stagnant revolutionary process.

The Cuban Revolution began the second stage of the independence of “Our America”; but today it is our responsibility to learn the way independence is being best guaranteed by the Bolivarian peoples of Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.

These countries have democratic processes, referenda, freedom of the press and association, free access to social networking websites, respect for different ways of thinking, recognition of the role of peaceful and democratic opposition, the direct election of their presidents, new forms of participation, community powers, the development of social enterprises and cooperatives, and programs of direct assistance for the most needy.



11 thoughts on “Cuba Can Learn from Chavez and Venezuela

  • Months ago I commented that Cuba could learn much from Venezuela. I still believe that. Lawrence suggests that the people can start the process rather than depending or asking for the government to do it all.

    As for Democracy, what democracy are we talking about? The one the US wants to shove down peoples throats with bombs and guns if necessary? Or that of Venezuela, which starts in the neighborhoods and Barrios and winds up with over 80% of the voting population turning out.

    Many of the dissidents writing here bitch about everything, but offer few positive suggestions to change things. Isn’t there a ‘Block Organization’ in every neighbor hood and community? You know, those neighbors who spy on your every move and know the names of all your lovers? What if you attended all the meetings, and brought your friends? If you kept attending, and made valuable suggestions, you too could become a member, nominated for the next highest organization.

    This is called politicking, and Democracy. Give it a try – Even god didn’t make the world in one day. Hell, even Fidel took 7 years to build the Revolution.

  • Griffin, just a note Venezuela is still a capitalist country and has not entered socialism as of yet.


    *The Bolivarian process then has entered a crucial conjuncture. The victory
    in the elections was its basic condition for survival. The strengthening of
    self-organization and independent popular class politics from below is what
    will ensure its deepening into the future – particularly one ridden with
    dangers of bureaucratic consolidation, economic instability, and right-wing
    advances in the state governorship elections.

    *Latest Step in a Long Road: The Venezuelan Elections*

  • Chavez has lead the Venezuelan economy into a disaster. If this lauded as a “socialist success”, I’d hate to see a failure. But given that Chavez has another 6 year term to wreck his country, we will soon find out.

  • the embargo will remain and so will the present cuban political system. it is very unlikely that either will come to an end in the foreseeable future. the original purpose of the embargo half a century ago was to bring down the regime so that oligarchs could get their property back as well as united fruit getting back their banana and cane plantations. there is a surplus of sugar and bananas at present and for many years.

  • Well Pedro, I think you’re completely right!

    Certainly Venezuela learned a lot from Cuba since Mr. Chavez was first elected, investing so much from its budget on social programs, the ‘misiones’, the Cuban doctors… why shouldn’t Cuba learn from Venezuela or other Latin-American countries? Wasn’t this Che’s dream? We share similar Histories. We must unite – respecting each other sovereignty – recognize the errors from our past, and move forward!

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