Maduro’s loss in Venezuela: Keeping things in perspective

It’s always difficult to interpret the meaning of the loss of a socialist candidate. Often the claim is that it was due to transnational intervention by capitalists. Others say it was due to a failure in state policies. All of these can be true – and more.
The recent decline in oil prices is clearly important. This article also does a nice job of comparing Venezuela to other South American countries. Most importantly is whether this means the rejection of socialism or the inability of the Maduro regime to carry it out. Perhaps the most important question is…what does it mean for the community councils and worker owned cooperatives for the future?

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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