Muslims For Nader/Camejo

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Monday, August 16, 2004

Victory In Venezuela

While the United States muddels along with a half hearted democracy, with barely half of the population showing up to vote - not too far south of the border - Venezula is celebrating a victory for Hugo Chavez. A record number of voters turned out with polls staying open till past midnight.

... everybody won: Finally, after years of struggle, Venezuela has emerged as an authentic participatory democracy without coups d'etat, violence, or the false democracy of a two-elites, two-party system ruling its body politic through simulation. The repercussions will travel far and wide, even to the United States presidential elections this coming November. Read more here

Tariq Ali quotes Hugo Chavez:

if I'm told that because of that reality you can't do anything to help the poor, the people who have made this country rich through their labour and never forget that some of it was slave labour, then I say 'We part company'. I will never accept that there can be no redistribution of wealth in society.

Try and make your revolution, go into combat, advance a little, even if it's only a millimetre, in the right direction, instead of dreaming about utopias.' more here

Chavez is, of-course, correct about moving in the right direction - but we must move in that direction... unfortunately, too often, there is a step backwards out of fear. The Venezulan victory was not only one of advancing little by little - it is also, much more importantly, about moving forward with hopes and dreams, and not retreating out of fear.