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Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution can only move leftward or backward.

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Some people say what failed in Venezuela is socialism. But I would say Venezuela never had socialism. There was a lot of talk, and Hugo Chavez opened a big debate about that, but even he himself admitted that Venezuela still has a capitalist economy in which private owners of industry and private bankers control key levers of the economy. If anything, the economic crisis is because the revolution was not completed, the means of production were not brought into public ownership under the democratic control of the people.

Writer Jorge Martin reports on the re-election of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, amidst a history (and present) of US influence in the elections and a deepening economic crisis - and examines the two futures for the Bolivarian revolution - forward and beyond the Maduro government's aims, or backwards into the hands of oligarchs.

Jorge wrote the articles Venezuela: Maduro Wins Presidential Election, Despite Imperialist Meddling – What Next? and Venezuelan Presidential Elections: Between Imperialist Aggression and Economic Crisis for Venezuelanalysis.

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Jorge Martin

Jorge Martin is a writer and Secretary of Hands Off Venezuela.

 

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