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Imperialism and Venezuela
13 March at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Over recent weeks we’ve seen the US ramp up outright hostility to Venezuela, and a clear attempt to facilitate a coup, with US imperialist interests invested in right-wing oppositionist Guaido. The crisis in Venezuela forces us to urgently reckon with the contemporary nature of imperialism and its link to capitalist appropriation. How do we understand the links between the current state of Venezuelan society and global imperialism, and how do we build solidarity with the Venezuelan people?
Below are a couple of texts intended to stimulate discussion, as always, not having read the texts will not be a barrier to full participation in the discussion.
In this classic piece Bolshevik theorist Nikolai Bukharin demonstrates that imperialism, far from being simply a policy pursued by certain states in contemporary capitalism, is rather a tendency which is integral to the process of capital accumulation at a particular stage of development.
In the first chapter of her book Aid as Imperialism (pages 15-24) Theresa Hayter lays out the nature of the debate around how aid, like that which the Venezuelan government is being pressured into accepting, is deployed to create economic dependence and to facilitate political leverage by imperialist powers.
This brief statement on the current crisis in Venezuela underlines the importance of understanding the crisis primarily as a crisis created by imperialism. Therefore whilst there may be legitimate criticisms of the Maduro government, these are secondary in importance to a steadfast international solidarity against US imperialism.