The radical ideas of Karl Marx are deeply rooted in Latin American revolutionary ideas and especially in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and the policies of the governments of the late President Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.K. Rocio Maneiro said in a speech Sunday commemorating the legacy of the communist founder.
“Marxism has been present in the revolutionary ideas of Latin America throughout the 20th century when Communist parties emerged all over the region and were forced to go underground by the repressive governments of the time,” Maneiro told the crowd at the Marx Memorial Library in London.
“In Venezuela especially, Marxist ideas were rooted deep in the soil of our revolutionary tradition, which goes back to the struggles against slavery and oppression, and the War for Independence which in Venezuela became a civil war.”
Maneiro went on to explain how the socialist government in Venezuela has, over the past 16 years, instituted social programs that were inspired by Marxist ideas, “giving priority to the inclusion of poor people in health, education, and housing systems.”
The government in Caracas has also been involved in promoting those ideas in other parts of the continent and supporting political parties and movements that share Marx’s ideas.
“In the last decade we have played a key role and we have also been deeply involved in the formation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR, and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America, ALBA,” the Venezuelan envoy said.
She went on to say that the efforts by late leader Chavez and his government are at risk because capitalism is trying to crack down on the socialist surge in Latin America. Maneiro recalled that in a speech in 2006 the late president “warned us that there was not much time left to implement the socialism envisaged by Karl Marx.”
“Socialism or death, but real death — of the entire human species and of life on planet earth, because capitalism is destroying the planet, capitalism is destroying life on earth, capitalism is destroying the ecological equilibrium of the planet; the destructive development of the capitalist model is putting an end to life on earth. I believe it’s now or never,” Chavez had said using the words of Marx himself.
The government of Maduro, she added, is now facing ruthless attacks by the right-wing opposition in control of the National Assembly, while struggling with successive hostile administrations in Washington that see Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the U.S. national security and foreign policy,” the ambassador added.
Meanwhile, “the economic war organized by the right-wing opposition has dramatically intensified, affecting the distribution of food and medicines, while the international media has begun to promote the possibility of a humanitarian intervention in Venezuela,” she warned.
However, the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela is far from giving up and will not bow to “this multi-pronged aggression,” Maneiro said, as her government continues to be inspired by the call made by Karl Marx in the 19th century: “The workers of the world have nothing to lose but their chains, workers of the world unite.”