Chavez has a plan for Venezuela. It is no exaggeration to describe it as evil.
From the Communist Party USA’s Peoples Weekly World
President Hugo Chavez, emboldened by his overwhelming re-election on Dec. 3, has moved Venezuela’s revolutionary process into high gear.
On Jan. 8 he spoke of “a new era, the National Simon Bolivar Project of 2007-2021,” and “Bolivarian socialism, which requires greater levels of effort and engagement, clarity and efficiency, and revolutionary quality.”
Chavez outlined five steps, or “motors,” toward a socialist Venezuela.
First of these would be an enabling law letting him pass laws by decree for one year. One such decree, for example, is aimed at nationalizing previously privatized corporations. Chavez specified CANTV, a telecommunications company owned 25 percent by Verizon, and an electric power company owned by the U.S. multinational AES Corp.
The second “motor” is constitutional reform in the hands of a new constitutional assembly. The assembly would likely authorize government control of the central bank, nationalization of natural gas operations and full state control of the nationalized oil industry and allow unlimited presidential terms.
Third on the list is “popular education” that would “deepen the new values and demolish the old values of individualism, capitalism and egotism.”
Fourth, the government will readjust patterns of local political power to match geographic boundaries.
Lastly, the Chavez government will build up the community council movement to strengthen grassroots power. Observers point out that agitation for shaking up bureaucracies and local layers of government is coming from the community level.
The government announced Jan. 8 that $5 billion would go toward expanding the number of councils from 13,000 to 21,000 over one year. They are seen as the means by which education, health care, housing and other social missions can be managed locally rather than through the bureaucracies. Councils each representing 200-400 families will engage in participatory democracy.
The new minister for popular participation, the responsible agency for the community councils, will be David Velasquez, who as a Communist Party deputy in the National Assembly wrote enabling legislation for the councils.
New Zeal Of all the 5 points listed, the last is the most sinister. These “councils” were called “soviets” by the Bolsheviks. In Cuba they are known as “people’s councils”.
They will serve as monitoring organisations, with eyes and ears in every corner of the country. They are the communist state’s most important means of maintaining power.
Once this system is in place, socialism will be secured in Venezuela. Organised resistance will become near impssible.
It is no accident that Venezuela’s only openly communist minister drafted this legislation and will be in charge of implementing it.