Tuesday, March 12, 2013

One of the great achievements of Chavez...

Was that he combined his socialism with a type of message, based on Simon Bolivar, which was deeply resonant in a populist way with the people of Venezuela. Bolivar was similar to George Washington in that regard, and through linking socialism to the populist past Chavez was able to tap into that consciousness possessed by the nation at large. The Communist Party in the United States tried to do a similar thing during the Popular Front period with the slogan of "Communism is 20th Century Americanism", which wasn't a throw away. What they meant by that was that if you took the basic values that Jefferson and Lincoln put forward, and tried to translate them into the reality of the 20th century, you'd need socialism to really make them work.

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