On Friday, December 7th, Al Jazeera's programme The Listening Post
analysed the world's media biased coverage of the constitutional reform
referendum. Amongst those interviewed was Alan Woods, founder of Hands
proposals for constitutional change have been defeated by 50.7% to 49.3%. The
opposition hardly increased its absolute vote, but there was a high level of
abstention. This is a warning. The masses are demanding decisive action not
words! It may be that this defeat will have the opposite effect. It can rouse
the masses to new levels of revolutionary struggle.
Although Dieterich does his best to cloud the issue, the facts speak
for themselves - Baduel has broken with the revolution, and now stands
on the side of the counterrevolution. To propose the unity of the two
forces - revolution and counterrevolution - is like hoping to unite
fire and water.
The Marxists have long argued that the only way forward for the
Venezuelan revolution is to strike blows against the
counterrevolutionary bourgeoisie, by expropriating the bankers,
landlords and capitalists, etc. However, there are other voices saying
rather different things. One of the most persistent of these voices is
that of Heinz Dieterich, who has been waging a noisy campaign in favour
of what he calls "Socialism of the XXI Century" - a strange kind of
socialism indeed in that it differs very little from capitalism.
Alan Woods was recently interviewed by the Humania del Sur magazine, published by the Universidad
de Los Andes, in Mérida, Venezuela. They asked him his opinions about the Bolivarian revolution
unfolding in Venezuela
today, touching on questions such as freedom of the media, the stage the
revolution is at, and the need to complete the revolution.