Chávismo and Its Discontents
International Left Intellectuals Respond to Venezuelan Government's Legislative Election Setback

Harris, Roger D.; Kaufman, Chuck
Date Written:  2016-01-15
Publisher:  Dissident Voice
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX18635

Five hours after the polls had closed, the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced a landslide victory for the opposition in Venezuela's the National Assembly elections. The response of international left intellectuals has ranged from critical support to outright rejection of the socialist project in Venezuela. We argue for the importance of recognizing the overarching influence of US imperialism and for the acceptance of using the state as an instrument of popular power by the international solidarity movement.

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