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.
This week, a CIA memo has been discovered that confirms the existence of a coup plan, which is code-named Operation Pliers.
On Sunday, we will be rallying against the CIA coup attempt outside
Bolivar Hall, where the Venezuelan community in London will be voting,
from 5pm once the poll has closed.
Production at the
American dream factory has slowed down as workers organised in the Writers
Guild of America just completed their third week on strike. 4,000 marched in
support of the strike down the famous Hollywood Boulevard.
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.