So, a student in my ecology class today said he was born and raised in Venezuela. Naturally, I smiled and told him that I love Venezuela. After class, he asked me why.
On the drive back to Beirut, I thought about his question …and again I smiled. : – )
Check out these posts.
It is not only that the PSUV under Chavez’s leadership has succeeded in reducing poverty, reducing (if not eliminating) illiteracy, etc. etc. (although there have been mistakes in the process) — but more because an alternative vision has been developed, a vision of regional unity, a vision of an economy other than the destructive capitalistic version, and, even more so, because this vision has withstood hundreds of years of oppression (and here I am referring to the centuries of oppression (slavery, genocide, theft…) in latin america)!
What is happening in Venezuela and in Bolivia today is the fruition of hope.
It is most powerful for the same reason that Hezbollah is most powerful in the region: a vision of resistance, the success of resistance, of no longer asking for crumbs from the master’s table (now known as “moderation”) but of demanding justice and liberation and equality.