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A Way Out? A Consulting Referendum


Maduro tries to wear Allende's mantle, but Ariel Dorfman, a Chilean, writing in The Nation on Feb. 16 rejects his pretense and channels Salvador Allende from the grave and suggests a referendum


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At the start of the month


"In first place and for now, stop the war! With a democratic alternative based on the popular sovereignty

This is why Marea Socialista raises the issue of a consulting referendum to decide the call for elections to legitimate the public powers. This seems to be the only possible proposal that has the potential of allowing the Venezuelan people to escape from the plans of the extremist belic lackeys of the pro-yankee opposition, and the equally belic Madurists, who are willing to sacrifice us to protect the rapine and the authoritarian regime of the bureaucracy or its new bourgeoisie."


from this Feb. 1 piece


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On the U.S. site Solidarity an article talking about the failed Pink Tide in Latin America with a big section on Venezeula​


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Venezuela has real troubles, not all of which are caused by the U.S.,  but for damn sure they won't get better with a U.S. sponsored coup and civil war.  


  • No U.S. Coup
  • Withdraw the Ambassador.  Don't Provoke a Reason for Invasion
  • Let Venezuelans Freely Decide Their Path Forward
  • Remember U.S. Politicians, a Tyrant at Home Wants War Abroad


Here's the view of Mexican activists as printed in International Viewpoint


and an audio: Did Socialism Fail in Venezuela?


Update January 28. 


We cannot whitewash the Maduro government whose mix of cronyism and corruption is staggering.


This piece on New Politics talks about Venezuela in October 2017 includes these sentences, "Madurism” is fundamentally based on the politico-military chieftainships of public administrations and enterprises, and on networks of currency, contraband and drug trafficking. To this must be added the support of a clientele of 10 to 15 per cent of the electorate, of which a minority deals the crumbs (from the oil rent) to the rest, provided that they stay in line."


The NYT claimed vote rigging in this article


Google Chrome will translate this January 24, 2018 article on an anarchist site that says in part, "The first thing that happened was that what the opinion polls expressed was confirmed on the street: The deep and broad popular rejection of Nicolás Maduro. Against him there were at least 60 multitudinous demonstrations throughout the country, not only in the capital cities but also in towns such as Altagracia de Orituco, Mucuchíes, Táriba and El Tigrito."


Bill Weinberg in 2017 about dissident Left in Venezuela "Is the problem really socialism?"


Weinberg in January of 2019 "Forgotten Voices in the Venezuela Crisis"


A very important piece,"The Hour of the Lackeys", January 28 on an anti-capitalist created by several Latin American groups


​Louis Proyect in 2007 about Chavez and his socialism


Why is Venezuela Spiraling Out of Control? - Gabirel Hetland, April 2017

Criticizing Maduro from the Left- Steven Ellner, May 2017