Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Venezuela – PCMLV

The more they tighten the belt on the working class,
the more we must prepare to squeeze the neck of the bourgeoisie

During the last plenary session of the CC of PCMLV we analyzed the process of the sharpening of the contradictions at the global, regional and national level, the responses of the ICMLPO that show – by our fraternal parties – the impact of the international economic crisis and the different forms it takes in each country. The situation in Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Spain, Brazil, Tunisia, Venezuela, Turkey, Colombia, France, Uruguay, Greece, Peru and Mexico, among others, that based on the same general really show particularities that we must know and analyze from proletarian, dialectical-materialist positions, in order to develop the national, regional and global policies in the best way, moving towards our strategic objective, coordinating actions for the international unity of our class.

As the product of the general crisis of capitalism, the many forms of the class struggle will be sharpening, even leading to violent confrontations, with the characteristic wars and revolutions, in which the defenders of one or the other class make use of force; the bourgeoisie to impose domination of the exploiters and the proletariat to defend the emancipatory project before the onslaught of those who consider that they have the right to impose their designs forever on the oppressed classes and other countries.

In these clashes every imperialist power, with its monopolies as tip of the spear, is quickening the pace to consolidate themselves as the dominant one in its areas of influence, in order to earn the privilege of subjecting the peoples and seizing their wealth, while the working class, peasants and peoples in the dependent countries create means to position our project, whose center is the struggle against capitalism, which we counter with the project of the proletariat, which will emancipate not only the working class, but also all the oppressed of the world through revolutionary action.

It must be clear and spread at the widest possible level that only the working class, the poor peasantry and the revolutionary left will remain steadfast under all circumstances and in any scenario. The petty bourgeoisie and reformism have a vacillating attitude and the local bourgeoisie be submissive to its imperialist masters of whatever color.

This analysis determined that the only way to guarantee a real resistance and victory is the mobilization of the exploited strata of society, led by the working class and the peasantry which are grouped in the Popular Front under Marxist-Leninist leadership, in order to fight in the political, economic and military field, applying proletarian strategy and tactics that a centralized leadership agrees to achieve the combination of the different forms of struggle, as a historically proven means to defeat the external and internal bourgeoisie, taking away their economic power in order to put the enterprises in the hands of the working class, the plantations in the hands of the rural proletariat and the revolutionary peasantry under a centralized national plan that would guarantee food and industrial sovereignty.

Only the proletarian revolutionary leadership will guarantee the popular advance, the defense of the gains and certain possibilities of victory. We cannot repeat the mistakes of the Chilean experience. Now it is necessary to address with the utmost seriousness, we are risking everything at this juncture, so the only option is to disarm and expropriate the bourgeoisie while we affirm workers' control and the arming of the people to defend ourselves against imperialist aggression.

The decay of social-democracy and reformism is an element to evaluate in the current context, its final sellout into the arms of the bourgeoisie, removing their supposedly "revolutionary" veils; these are characteristic elements in times of crisis. The Tsipras government in Greece is the highest expression worldwide of this process of clarification of the positions of each party and each class. To talk of revolution, to take up "radical" poses, are the characteristics of the petty bourgeoisie at times of a  mass upsurge; but when the crisis deepens, the situations become radicalized, they run into the arms of their masters: the owners of capital. For us it is nothing new that these social democrats, at the decisive moments, subject themselves to the imperialist bourgeoisie in order to obey the commands of the imperialists to strike the working class and the peoples by applying neoliberal economic policies, privatizing resources and repressing those who dare to oppose their petty bourgeois practice; all this is against the positions expressed in many elections by the majority, which in the end are ignored by those fakers who never tire of talking about democracy while implementing the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.

It is true that confronted by the social-democratic governments, while they maintain some connection to the popular movement, and faced with their own betrayal, an opposition of the big bourgeoisie and imperialism on the right is being built, but also an opposition by the workers, indigenous people, peasants, the popular sectors is organized that is being consolidated on the left. This leads to the isolation, authoritarianism and arrogance of this type of petty-bourgeois government, which is not able to join with the popular and genuinely revolutionary forces, who are aware of the deception and do not lower their revolutionary banners.

It suffices to ask why the genuine revolutionaries distance themselves from the government of Tsipras and of Correa, why are they not part of those governments?, why are the consistent Marxist-Leninist, indigenous, workers and people’s movements not ministers of Tsipras or Correa... simply because these governments are the clearest form of the "social" policy of the bourgeoisie, which only flirts with the popular movement to try to seduce it with its proposals to reform capitalism, but yes, maintaining its exploitative essence and bourgeois rule, which for them is untouchable; hence the great contradiction between the Marxist-Leninists and the reformism of the "left."

Social-democracy reaffirms its essence and its destiny: to be the door through which fascism penetrates to openly repress the people, covering all this "revolutionary" verbiage with more and greater violence.

The Current Situation in Venezuela

In the previous article in Unity and Struggle we evaluated the various scenarios and concluded that the most important one is "That the US will continue for a time applying the tactics of increasing intervention: Deepening the economic sabotage, shortages, hoarding, speculation, up to an embargo, to continue weakening the government economically (the economic objective); placing propagandists and agitators in the urban, rural, neighborhood and business areas to discredit the revolutionaries (the political objective); paramilitary penetration using special operations and street actions, consolidating the nucleus of their irregular army, while preparing mechanisms for a rupture between the progressive military forces and revolutionary organizations (the internal military objective); acting through the world propaganda media, justifying the need for international intervention to resolve the internal problem (the international objective); conducting joint military maneuvers with other countries in the form of a ‘coalition’ led by the US for a ‘peace mission’ or to ‘restore democracy’ (the external military objective). The linking together of these objectives aims to create a pincer action on several sensitive elements, to strike a blow together with reactionary military forces, to which our response must be a regional revolutionary counter-offensive."*

* Journal Unity and Struggle, English version, October, 2015, article by the PCMLV.

As it is the working class that gives life to capital,
it is the only class that can bring about its death

This scenario has been creating internal and external attempts at conflicts, exacerbating the economic problems and even creating a situation that has become very serious on Venezuela's border with Guyana and Colombia. The government has carried out a major military mobilization to try to curb crimes such as smuggling of extracted minerals and subsidized products, the presence of criminals and paramilitary forces. This certainly represents a serious problem, not only for the people of Venezuela, but also for those of Guyana and Colombia. The Colombian and Venezuelan bourgeoisie are backed by the paramilitaries and benefit from smuggling; for the Venezuelan people these are two expressions of the decomposition of capitalism, they represent only the negatives: minerals such as gold, subsidized products, foodstuffs, fertilizers, gasoline lead to drugs and the control of the region by violence.

The basic problem is whether the mobilization of thousands of troops to the border can be something permanent. What will happen when they withdraw? Will they resist the pressure of corruption, the threats of the mafias and the paramilitaries? The solution that the government has implemented is something temporary, which can displace the mafias, but they will return when the military pressure is reduced.

The structural solution to the problem of the border necessitates two measures: One, the consolidation of the popular organizations, regardless of nationality, creating popular unity to strengthen the capability to confront the mafias; this can be achieved by arming the people and implementing popular justice. The other measure is to consolidate a strong economy, increase production, control prices, improve the living conditions of the population on both sides of the border, guarantee mandatory work for all, with a strong currency and create a large capacity for export based on manufactures products. This necessitates really promoting national production through the revolutionary control of production by the working class and the peasantry; this also requires us to control our economy, reduce imports and the differential exchange rates, since existence of a weak currency promotes the export of products that have become very cheap.

It is true that the Colombian bourgeoisie is stimulating this phenomenon, that it is seeking confrontation; it is also necessary to confirm that the reduced production in Venezuela is one of the underlying problems; that the Venezuelan bourgeoisie with its economic sabotage, and the petty bourgeois government with its inability, are contributing to the deepening to the detriment of the majority.

We revolutionaries on both sides of the border have to deal with this problem on the basis of proletarian internationalism, to join forces to confront imperialism and its lackeys, the capitalists, landowners, white-collar bandits such as Uribe and Santos, who are spokespersons for the evils of drug trafficking and the paramilitaries, one more expression of the great decay of capitalist society. Today more than ever, coordination among the revolutionaries is necessary, along with a policy of unity to confront our common enemies, who are the same on both sides of the border. Let us work together to defeat the bourgeoisie in each country, the representatives of imperialism, unmasking the interests of the reformists who pander to the exploiters in both countries, emphasizing the unification of the workers and peoples in one single action against those who oppress us.

Let us not subject ourselves to any imperialism or bourgeois nationalism; proletarian internationalism and popular struggle to defeat the common enemy.

Socialism can only be built with the worker-peasant alliance in power and the people in arms.

CC of the PCMLV
September of 2015

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