[News] Venezuela - What Is to Be Done?

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  What Is to Be Done?


By Luis Britto Garcia- aporrea.org, January 6th 2016

Renowned Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia echoes Lenin in asking 
"What Is to Be Done?" at the start one of the most difficult years the 
Bolivarian revolution has ever faced. Here are his recommendations.

*Debate* what went wrong, how and why.

*Reserve* debate for the inner sphere, as all competing accusations and 
tirades serve to discredit.

*Reaffirm* socialism as an ideological base, guide and aim for political 

*Select* state functionaries and candidates by scrupulously reviewing 
their career, attainments and council, rather than their personal 
relationships to or their agreements with the upper echelons (of the 
revolutionary leadership).

*Assemble* schools for political and ideological training.

*Repair* the corrupt structures that destroy all that they touch.

*Investigate*, exhaustively, unexplained increases in wealth and 
external signs of wealth in both the public and private sectors.

*Combat* the economic war, in which until now only the aggressor has fought.

*Preserve* in their posts those functionaries who have actively and 
effectively applied measures against speculation, hoarding and scarcity.

*Assume* state control of the importation and distribution of food and 
basic goods.

*Assume* state control of the banks.

*Stop* awarding preferential dollars to businesses that do not employ 
them for their designated purpose but rather for the destruction of the 

*Clarify* that to vote for a referendum would revoke all of the 
economic, social, cultural and public services we have achieved in 
fifteen years.

*Solicit* the Supreme Court to nullify any laws that threaten the 
principle of irreversibility of those social achievements protected by 
the constitution.

*Veto* by presidential act the laws that deny or destroy our economic, 
social, political or cultural rights.

*Propose* a progressive tax reform and denounce as accomplices any 
parliamentarians that oppose it.

*Establish* a price for fuel that at least recoups the cost of production.

*Actively support* social movements that are struggling against 
paramilitarism, corruption bachaqueo [reselling], and smuggling.

*Communicate* that a planetary economic crisis is currently underway, 
with global scarcity of food, in which the price of hydrocarbons has 
dropped by over half and the government has reduced its income on the 
same scale.

*Divulge* the incomparable economic, social, cultural, educational and 
political achievements of Bolivarianism and its fulfillment of the 
[United Nations] Millennium Goals.

*Recall* the miserable social, cultural and economic indicators of the 
past century and those of other countries that fall under neoliberal 

*Examine* meticulously the origin, records, career and activities of 
possible beneficiaries of social benefits.

*Remember* that those who are raising prices, hoarding and hiding 
merchandise are business actors in the Economic War and not the government.

*Reveal* that over two thousands public functionaries are on trial for 

*Recollect* that Bolivarianism restored social benefits to workers and 
if they do not fight for them neoliberalism will take them away again.

*Restructure* the public media system to uproot its merely reactive 
practices and convert it into a generator of debate and perspective.

*Stop* mimicking the vulgar formats, interruptions, insertions, 
decorations, conning, and user abuse characterized by capitalist media 
in our socialist media.

*Substitute* ephemera such as entertainment events for long-lasting 
government action.

*Eradicate* paramilitarism and it’s cohort, parapolitics.

*Maintain* rigorous control of border zones to block paramilitaries, 
resellers and smugglers.

*Rotate* regularly and frequently the authorities in control of border 

*Investigate* NGOs and bar those financed by the hostile power which 
declared Venezuela an extraordinary threat to its security (US).

*Dismiss* foreign advisers that have never gained power in their country 
and may contribute to our losing it in this country.

*Abandon* all hope of pact, conciliation, or cohabitation with the right 
wing which has spent the past 16 years trying to assassinate Bolivarianism.

*/Act/* instead of declaring that action will be taken.

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