Archive for May 16th, 2007

The Great Guru by Teodoro Petkoff (My Subtitle: The Supreme PSF)

May 16, 2007

It is ironic how Chavez’s ideological theorists have all come from abroad. From that militaristic fascist named Ceresole, a revisionist of the worst kind, through the now discarded theories of Dieterich, the autocrat now chooses as his ideological guru a Spaniard who much like a grandiose PSF, a super-PSF, comes to tell us we should do things differently because we are somewhat more “backwards” than he is. Thus, much like the weird ideas of the revolution, which seem to ignore the realities of the psyche and culture of Venezuelans, these theorists arrive, all expenses paid by the revolution, ready to solve all of our problems, much like the PSF’s in the comments sections believe they understand Venezuela and Venezuelans and their “honest” politicians and come and tells us how this undemocratic, fascist, militaristic robolution is precisely what the doctor ordered for what is, in their eyes, a primitive society.

But much like Monedero below, they ignore our not so distant history of accomplishments. How Venezuelan science, architecture, urban planning and public works and democracy flourished, while they were almost invisible in Spain for decades. But now they want to come and prescribe for us the same recipes that gave rise to the political movements they represent.

These arrogant politicians would have come to America with pieces of glass five centuries ago, looking to trade them for valuable assets. Today they come with cheap ideas and theories, ready to test them and experiment them on us. Ideas that in their own countries would be impossible to implement because they would wake up the most basic instincts in order to defend freedom and democracy, which people have grown to appreciate and respect because they had to fight to get them back over decades, in what was a very dark period for the basic rights of Spaniards.

Petkoff’s essay is brilliant, because he unmasks the arrogance, sham and paternalistic style of the new theorist of the robolution. Monedero comes to Venezuela to obtain the attention, wealth and recognition that he can’t get at home. He is one of many, but right now he is in the spotlight of attention as he tries to define for us what XXIst. Century Socialism is supposed to be about. A “great” Guru trying to define content to go along with the charisma of the Lt. Colonel, which after eight years of trial and error and the biggest oil windfall in the country’s history, has yet to achieve anything concrete beyond the consolidation of his personal power and the most corrupt period in the country’s history.

The Great Guru by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual (My Subtitle: The Supreme PSF)

A young man whose last name is Monedero, who belongs to a left-wing Spanish political group, Izquierda Unida, that never gets more than 5% of the votes in that country, appears to be the new ideologue of the “process”.

He succeeds in that Chair both Norberto Ceresole and Heinz Dieterich, that pair of charlatans, already dismissed by Chávez from his ideological collection of mummies. In the interview by Alejandro Botia, published in Tal Cual last Monday, Monedero instructed us on the impossibility of repeating the social democratic models of Europe in Latin America: “The European system of well being, as I have been explaining, functions with some prior elements that are not replicable in Latin America”.

There is in this a supremacist concept, and ethnocentric arrogance, Eurocentric, an imperial and discriminatory vision, that, as most of the ultra left from those lands, Monedero just can’t manage to hide. Democracy, a mixed economy, the combination of State and markets, social security, social democracy, summing up—Monedero tells us –, is something for us white people, the educated ones, the heirs of two thousand years of Judeo-Christian civilization, but not to you, the mixed race of Latin America, Venezuelans, Caribbeans, loudmouths, precariously educated, the heirs of caudillos and their commoner wives who, on top of that did not have to endure two world wars, what they get is Chavez. The problem is that the guy does not even try to hide it.

In another part of the interview, which we will publish soon, there is a Homeric suck up, when he releases this pearl about indefinite reelection: “ Can we, through something which is correct from a theoretical point of view, which is to limit terms, sacrifice the possibilities that the people have, today, of getting out of the XIXth. Century and which is called Hugo Chavez?” How about that? Limiting terms is a “correct theory” for us politically sophisticated Europeans, but you, shitty Latin Americans, have to accept your lifetime caudillos or you will never get out of your nineteenth Century backwardness. Monedero adds: “The President knows that he is an essential factor and the people read it that way, to get out of the XIXth. Century and truly belong to the XXIst. one. Someone around him should tell him that with this type of theatrical stupidity Vallenilla Lanz validated Gomez’ tyranny, the “necessary gendarme”. Impossible to be more reactionary than that.

But there is more. Speaking about decentralization he places himself within the attitude of the Spanish Popular Party, the same as another guy from the Jurassic era, this time Aznar, and once again he denies it to us. The “regional autonomies” are for us, the civilized Spaniards; “you”, Venezuelans, “ it’s going to be very difficult that you understand what is happening now if don’t realize where you are coming from”. And immediately, placing the eye patch on his eye and the wooden leg and parrot on his shoulder, he informs us where we came from: “You come from a political model where in the name of decentralization, what was generated was a fragmentation of the country and you abandoned a large fraction of the population in the name of that democratic principle of decentralization”. What do you think of this my dear readers?

One thinks one is listening to Aznar auguring all of the calamities for Spain which would follow its autonomic “decentralization” that was advanced in 1989—after almost a century of hypercentralism—which would have “fragmented” starting that year, when they began electing Governors and Mayors.

In how many fragments, my dear lad?

Venezuelan poverty and inequality have something to do with decentralization?

Franco’s centralization, Monedero would say, is unacceptable, but Chavez’, Ahh! That is something else. It is revolutionary, and on top of that, part of the third world. And we all know that when an ultra leftist European discovers guerrillas or colonels who are “anti-imperialists” in the Third World, they have an orgasm. And they come flying to teach us the secrets of the revolution.

Things that make you go ummm…or why is Chavez backing out of some of his biggest political icons?

May 16, 2007

Am I imagining it or is Chavez starting to back down from some of his most important autocratic decisions of the last few months:

—Chavez threatened to shut down broadcastin TV station RCTV and said “nothing” could stop him.

Now Chavez last weekend and the President of the National Assembly say they will abide by any decision by the Chavez controlled Supreme Court on the matter…ummm….

—Chavez announced that Venezuela would withdraw from the International Monetary Fund, which had some serious and expensive implications for the country.

Today Minister of Planning Giordani says that decision is in Chavez’ hands. Hold it! Wasn’t Chavez the one that already announced it? Who took it away from his hands in such a way that it is now back into his hands?….ummm…

—Chavez threatens to nationalize steel company Sidor, majority owned by Argentinean consortiuum Ternium.

Buenos Aires newspapers report Presidenty Kirchner saying that he told Chavez that he was tired of finding out about his problems reading the papers, but the problem had been resolved and there would be no nationalization….ummm…

The question is: Why the change of mind? Just too many impulses by the autocrat that have been restrained or decisions that have been reversed due to their extremenly negative impact on the image of the autocrat and his ineffective Government?