Venezuela, the Present as Struggle: Voices from the Bolivarian Revolution
376 page / $29 paper / 978-1-58367-864-0
By Cira Pascual Marquina and Chris Gilbert
Interviewed by Chuck Mertz
“The only thing that seems to be more unpopular than the present government and its leader, President Nicholas Maduro, seems to be the opposition,” commented the host of This is Hell, Chuck Mertz. He continued: “Seemingly the only people supporting the opposition and their supposed leader, Juan Guaidó, are outsiders like the United States government and the Biden administration, which continues to recognize Guaidó as President despite Guaidó never getting a vote….So how did Venezuela, which was in the process of a revolution towards direct democracy and participatory politics and socialism, get such horrible representation within government? The Chavista government of Maduro lost its popularity, so the revolution, one would assume, would be over, abandoned as a utopian folly. In reality Chavismo endures and lives on as many still engage in the Bolivarian revolution….The problem lies in the disconnect between the Chavista Government and the Chavismo movement….”
And what do the authors of Venezuela, the Present as Struggle, have to say in answer?
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