The greatest political figure in the 21st century is surely Hugo Chavez
Today a great revolutionary died, Hugo Chavez, who meant so much too so many. He was a man of strength, courage and most importantly a love for all the people of the world. Of course in the wake of his death there will be those who will clamour to throw out poorly constructed and hate filled critiques of this man and his legacy, but those who have understood the significance of the Bolivarian Revolution know that Chavez is nothing short of a hero.
He was the thorn in the side of Washington and any nation with imperialist intentions, a leader who put feeding, clothing, educating and housing his people above the profit margin of corporations and banks. He worked tirelessly to fight poverty and reserve the extreme income inequality of his country. Chavez believed in a unified Latin America with 21st century socialism and he has begun the process that will lead the continent to this.
The open veins of Latin America have begun to close. The exploited continent is rising up and where once the people whispered Che now they scream Chavez. Like Che, Chavez was someone who could talk to the oppressed people in a language they understood and he knew their troubles, how to resolve them and how to put the people in charge. The dusty clichés of the left such as ‘power to the people’ took on new meaning Venezuela with mass political participation and communal councils being developed.
When Chavistas say Yo Soy Chavez or I am Chavez they often didn’t realise that the reverse is also true – That Chavez is them. Hugo became every proletariat struggling to pay rent and heat their homes, every single mother struggling to feed her children. He was the poor of the world; he was the oppressed indigenous person or the African being discriminated for the colour of his skin. He sent aid to the poor in the US, help spread the missions – which were so successful in Venezuela – all around Latin America and beyond. In an age where free market capitalism seemed to dominate and the millions of hungry and poor where ignored as the public discourse was focused on liberal-conservative debates, this man stood up a spoke to the downtrodden, toiling masses and said enough! Enough of poverty! Enough of starvation! And most importantly enough of capitalism! Under Chavez Venezuela has provided health care to those who have never seen a doctor, education to nearly everyone, helped foster Latin American unity, given aid to impoverished nations, given power to the people via direct democracy and communal councils, given rights to workers, the disabled, women, indigenous (all regardless of sexuality), provided pensions for over two million Venezuelans, developed a continually growing economy, seen a decrease in public debt, made a giant decrease in inequality and I’m only scratching the surface.
From the humble beginnings of a mud hut in Sabaneta, Barinas was born a warrior for the cause of justice, equality and anti-imperialism. Hugo dared to spit in the eye of anyone who said history was over and that capitalism was our only future.
My hero Hugo Chavez died today, after a 2 year battle with cancer. As I write this other Chavistas will be gathering outside Miraflores palace, today a revolutionary has died but his revolution has not. Every Venezuela who can now eat, read, write and receive health care, will tonight reflect on life before Chavez and the poverty. How they had no say and how no one cared if they starved. A sun has set on the life of Hugo but a new one must rise which shows all the beauties of Venezuela, Latin America and the world. We must continue the Bolivarian revolution.
16/12/12 @ 09:24pm
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Please sign this statement in support of the Bolivarian Revolution from the Cuban Chapter of the Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity. Can be signed using the link below:
Elections will take place in Venezuela next October 7. That day will
decide the fate of a revolution which has taken most of the people in that country out of the marginalization and state of neglect in which they lived, and at the same time has made decisive contributions to Latin American and Caribbean integration and to the process of transformation in this area.
Aware of the importance of this historic moment for Venezuela, Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, we declare our solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution and its president, we demand respect for the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people and we call intellectuals, artists and social activists to support this initiative.
Cuban Chapter of intellectuals, artists and social activists from the net “In Defense of Humanity”.
Parts of the green book are completely insane. But I prefer to judge leaders by their achievements rather than weird quotes they may have given and over all the implementation of his ideas was mostly successful. I don’t think his relation with the western media was based on imperialist notions but it was indisputably altered by imperialist notions and when information on Gaddafi is presented by the western media it must be analyzed in a way that considers 1) any agenda the media company has (they all want sensationalist stories because that increases ratings etc) 2) very few western media companies are critical of any domestic regime 3) the merging of imperialist ideas into culture necessitates that imperialist views will be presented by the media. Of course that’s not to say these companies never report facts or can’t be useful in forming judgements on situations but imperialism and it’s ideas ‘own’ our airwaves. Gaddafi’s personal relationship with the western media was rather odd though just like most Arab leaders.
The main reason I don’t consider mysel a British socialist is because I don’t consider myself British although I’d support any British socialist movement that I considered helpful to the people.
Also Thank you rhyminstealin for asking interesting questions