LINK A revolution is presently on course in Venezuela known as the “Bolivarian revolution.” It is an antisystemic and socialist revolution, which benefits from very broad support. Since 1998, Venezuelans have repeatedly affirmed their liking for this revolution as amply evidenced by Hugo Chávez’s election to the presidency, the reform of the Constitution, the “no” vote to attempt to recall the chief of the state, and regional elections won some months later. Even earlier, in April 2002, the broad public rose up in protest against a coup supported by the oligarchy and, in December of the same year, resisted an employers’ lockout which attempted to strangle the economy.
Fundamentally, the legitimacy of the revolutionary process in this South American country lies in strict respect for the law (so as not to give a handle to reaction), and appeals to an ideal of social justice imbued with the spirit of Christianity and deeply rooted in the people’s mentality. But in the word of Chávez this ideal will be achieved only if “one gives the power to the people.”
This is exactly what Hugo Chávez, an exceptional revolutionary leader, is trying to do. In this difficult time for the left, the radicalism of Chávez’s discourse is almost surprising in its anti-imperialist firmness in bringing to the fore the vital need for humanity to search for an alternative to capitalism and find a new way to a socialism of the future. US imperialism does not make a mistake in seeing him as a major enemy.= If the Venezuelan revolution is peaceful, however, it is not unarmed. Arms have recently been imported, because “the people of Venezuela are ready to defend its territory and to fight for its revolution.” Within Venezuela, Chávez is resisting the aggressiveness of the still powerful local bourgeoisie. At the international level, he does not cease to insist on the urgency of building an anti-imperialist front in the South by uniting Latin American countries.