It is quite horrifying to watch while Venezuela, one of the freest and most prosperous nations in Latin America descends into socialism and tyranny.
We are watching a socialist revolution unfold in Venezuela. The establishment of a nationwide network of community and workers councils are the next step in the revolutionary process.
Worker’s councils are the backbone of Marxist-Leninist socialism. The Russians called them Soviets, the Cubans call them “People’s Councils“.
What they are in effect are a hierarchial system of councils whereby information can be passed from the lower to the higher levels and directives passed from the higher levels to the lower.
They serve as a nationwide espionage and indoctrination network, with eyes and ears in every shop, factory and apartment block. Once these councils are in place, it will be almost impossible to organise resistance against the Chavez regime.
From the Communist Party USA’s Peoples Weekly World
The Communist Party of Venezuela is about to introduce a proposal that the National Assembly establish workers councils and include them under the new “Organic Law for Citizen Participation and People’s Power.” At a Caracas news conference on Jan. 15, Pedro Eusse, the party’s labor secretary, declared the purpose of the initiative to be the insertion of “working-class power” into the process of building socialism.
The proposal coincides with a major national campaign under way to launch a network of 50,000 community councils….
The development of workers councils fits within Venezuela’s current campaign to expand “participatory democracy,” the prime element of that project being the movement for community councils. Under the leadership of Assembly delegate David Velasquez, the National Assembly passed an enabling law for community councils on April 9, 2006. Velasquez, a CPV leader, is now shepherding the community councils into existence as head of the Ministry for People’s Participation and Social Development.
Eusse described for reporters the necessity for creating means by which the working class “can achieve progressively higher levels of consciousness that, as protagonists of people’s power, they are the class that leads the revolutionary process.”
The new councils will “assume political and economic functions for carrying out peoples’ power in workplaces and in industrial areas,” he said. Although they will not duplicate the work of labor unions, “they will share responsibilities, engage in mutual support, and above all shape class consciousness. They will promote workers’ unity, of both men and women, and protect social, economic, cultural and political rights.”
The workers councils will take on important responsibilities, including:
• “Managing information on the administration, finances and production output of private, public and worker-operated companies, also those already or about to be expropriated.”
• Organization of labor collectives that operate all such enterprises, private companies excepted.
• Formation of worker groups focusing on technical, cultural, political and ideological matters.
• Development of leadership skills essential for processes of production and oversight.
• Promotion of working-class involvement in the politics of the revolution, particularly issues “relating to defense of the homeland and the people’s democratic victories.”
• Coordination and cooperation with community councils and other “instruments of people’s power.”
• Monitoring, with labor unions, to assure that worker and union rights are respected.
In a recent interview, David Velasquez discussed the role community councils will assume in Venezuela, a description that applies equally to workers councils. “We must transform the old apparatus of the state,” he said, adding, “This office will begin to study how we transfer functions, resources and components to community power.” He distinguished between traditional “constitutional” power and a new “constituent power” that will enable Venezuelans, via “participation as protagonists,” to build “people’s power.”