Confronting the Crisis from the Socialist Horizon: Chavista Practices for the Necessary Offensive

Voces Urgentes begins a series of projects to help make visible the Chavista Practices for the Necessary Offensive, starting from the fact that the crisis must be faced from the socialist horizon that defines the Bolivarian Revolution.

In the next few days, we will deliver the first installment on the Comuna Socialista Altos de Lídice.

In times of imperial offensive, popular offensive is necessary!

We continue with Chávez in struggle for the ¡Comuna o nada!

Here are our reasons for initiating this inventory.

In difficult times the strength is always put to the test in order to continue, to follow the route traced, a route that may have variations, even reconfigurations of its objectives, but always based on principles that have defined us, that constitute us.

This is what we see day by day in the current Venezuela, in political terms the accumulated Bolivarian Revolution is put to the test for its defense. Without looking for much we find evidence of its limitations, but also of its strengths, of its creative power amassed during years of struggle, in which a way of living and viewing the world that we claim today as Chavismo was configured.

That which changed the reality of the country, its forms, its relations. Its actions have been countercurrent for most of the last 20 years, it has forged itself, always between contradictions, but with a clear horizon and in constant expansion, deepening the route that led us to assume socialism as a standard.

Its identity was constructed on a timeline that reminds us that we are sons and daughters of the Indigenous, Afro and Mestizo struggle of Bolívar, Zamora and now of Chávez. It summarizes the tradition of the historical struggles of these people in all spheres, territories and sectors, accepting those still to be resolved and adding new ones, which emerge as a product of our journey in these times.

With this historical base, he knew how to build a unitary bloc with very diverse subjects and practices, which were born as a response to the critique of the 4th Republic by our people. From the reading of that reality Chávez summarized: protagonist participation, respect for our sovereignty and self-determination, fight against corruption, “Rule of Law and Justice”, as expressed in the Bolivarian Constitution. It is with these keys that we build hegemony, recovering the exercise of politics for the majority.

Today it is a question of opening a way amongst those who accuse him of doing the very thing he fought, of all that was identified with “the Punto Fijo Pact of the Adecos and Copyanos,” which are undoubtedly the practices of those who raise red flags to do the very opposite. There is a tremendous challenge for Chavismo, to defend its project, coherently, demonstrating its successes and assuming responsibility for its errors, but not as a defense of the past but of its current practices, of its possibilities to build today what is necessary to move forward.

That is why they are subjects who confront, proclaim and construct, but who are also invisible or projected through stereotypes that reduce their revolutionary potential. This is a permanent operation of the opposition, although not only of it. The path must be taken to show that the new exists, even in the harsh conditions and against an important part of the official policy, it is sustained, with difficulties and stumbling blocks, but it demonstrates that its proposal is possible and viable.

We always affirm that this revolution gave birth to a subject that is not recognized in its just dimension by the officialism that assumes the direction of important spaces of power and those that are at its service from the bureaucracy or communities. This is expressed not only in their discursive lines but also in what they omit, in what is not expressed, especially in concrete policies.

This failure to recognize the subject and the way of doing politics that constitutes it is one of the causes of the current crisis, which is undoubtedly integral and in part important driven by external factors, but also by several of its own. In this way, the horizon that includes, that accepts the people as the center of the revolution, where Chavez placed us with voice and decisive action, and the one that today we have the duty to recover, is blurred.

This is expressed in various ways, including how the practices of Chavismo are enunciated, especially in the efforts made in the popular territories. Thus we see how the steps towards the construction of a Communal Health System in the Commune of Altos de Lídice are reduced to the inauguration of a “pharmacy”, to name but one example of many that exist throughout the country.

This has been reported by various media, political spokespersons and sometimes even by militants of the popular movement, who assume Chavismo as a force that builds socialism from the keys that enunciate the Blue Book, the Aló Teórico Nº 1 and the Golpe de Timón, to mention three milestones of our thinking and action.

It is then up to us to know each other, to build criteria to evaluate our practices, to recompose the socialist horizon, because in order to do so it is necessary for unity to be everywhere, so we must commit ourselves to overcoming the crisis of existing political intermediation by taking up the path of hegemonic construction, with the people as the central axis, with the recognition of their efforts, of their territories, with transparency, with their management models and forms of organization coherent with the project.

Because here is the new, the contribution of the Bolivarian Revolution to the world’s revolutions, which is why it draws fire from many quarters, including friends. Because the new is an alternative to capitalism, to its current crises that transcend it, economic, social, environmental, posing a new horizon of socialist, humanist, sovereign, anti-patriarchal, anti-colonial, multipolar society in international relations.

Here is the importance of (re)getting to know each other by taking on the crisis that we face with actions based on principles that the Bolivarian Revolution developed, those that Chávez expounded every time he spoke to us. Impelling practices that in many cases undertake necessary institutional tasks in the absence of them, at their service or in their support in the face of their few current material possibilities, even in contradiction with them, although finding allies in their bosom that contribute decisively to continuing the path.

In short, claiming participatory and protagonist democracy as a way, social, political and economic democracy, to be able to realize that we fight for: “all power for the people”. And for Chavismo this implies a dispute for power and the construction of new relations to exercise it in the face of society.

A political culture that involves generating shared actions from all new logisti Because Chavism must think from the exercise of power, from self-government and co-responsibility.

A political culture that involves generating shared actions from all new logic, with social comptrollership over the management of government and the popular, and thus accumulating the forces to constitute communal self-governments, workers’ control in factories, land in the hands of the peasantry. Because Chavismo must think from the exercise of power, from self-government and co-responsibility.

In this long journey we have learned that in order for there to be co-responsibility over the management of government there must be public policies with the people as the central and independent plan in the people’s organizations, both of which are fundamental. It is up to us to emphasize our own, those built as plans of popular struggle, present in those who are producing alternatives to the crisis from reaffirming Chavismo. It is our revolutionary scourge for demanding coherence from the government but also to guarantee that we are ready to face any contingency.

There is part of the base elements to generate the necessary tension to mobilize the forces, to walk towards the horizon proposed in the Bolivarian Revolution. During times of diffuse trajectory to achieve this objective, part of the Chavismo remains in motion, questioning its government on all levels, demanding its protagonism, coherence, and while it continues with its practices, which adapt to the moment, but without losing the reference in the principles that have defined it, which constitute them.

We believe it is necessary to contribute in demonstrating these practices, without the intention of idealizing them, nor of minimizing the harsh situations and contradictions that we face, on the contrary, we want to make visible how precisely for this reason we raise the banners of Chavismo and the communal as an objective, seen as much more than what is expressed in the Law of the Communes.

The communal for us expresses every practice that supports the construction of community relations, of the commons, for the impulse of social property and of a system of popular government that has a strong political/social fabric in the territories but that projects itself to the whole country to consolidate “the socialist spirit… the spirit of the commune,” as Comandante Chávez said in the Golpe de Timón.

These are some compelling reasons for Voces Urgentes to contribute to a necessary inventory of the Chavista Practices for the Necessary Offensive, showing organizational efforts that have much in common, conformed by a unifying political identity that defines them, from where they see themselves as equals and they accept that, when they are expressed in the practice of the other, it is necessary to redouble efforts to build unity.

Hoping that the inventory can contribute to (re)getting to know each other on the roads we are travelling and joining together from effective, organic articulation, to strengthen the territorial aggregations of popular power and beyond, because from there we will give birth to socialism and defend the homeland against every possible attack, from hybrid or direct war of the empire and its lackeys, with criminal blockade as one of its weapons, to further progress in the restoration of the old with a new face, using the revolution as a front. Because Chavismo is fighting here.

Translation by Internationalist 360°