The Real Venezuela : Making Socialism in the 21st Century
Venezuela has become a huge source of hope and inspiration for the Left throughout the world. Some see it as a shining example of how to begin building a successful socialist state, but Western leaders see it as a dangerous enemy and accuse Chavez of being a dictator. This book reveals the truth by examining the country from the ground up. Iain Bruce explores the political changes underway in Venezuela at the level of the lives of ordinary people. Through grassroots investigations and extended interviews, he explores a series of key transformations in Venezuela: a new social economy around a network of co-operatives; workplace democracy; popular education; radical agrarian reform; participatory budgets and community planning. The result is a clear picture of everyday life in Venezuela. No other book on the country has this level of detail; it will be a key text for students of Latin American politics and social movements and of interest to anyone following the fortunes of the Bolivarian Revolution.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 137.16 x 218.44 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
- 20 Feb 2009
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- 1 map
Table of contents
Prologue Introduction 1 - Oil for Food, Health, Education... 2 - The People's Economy 3 - War on the Big Landholdings 4 - Democracy at work 5 - From Local Democracy to Communal Power Conclusion References Index
A first-class study of the reality of the Bolivarian revolution in all its complexity. Bruce reveals the enormous achievements and serious contradictions of the Venezuelan process. He also shows why it is still such a source of inspiration and hope, and offers insights into the difficult theoretical issues it raises. -- Diana Raby, Senior Fellow in Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, and author of Democracy and Revolution: Latin America and Socialism Today Excellent new study of Venezuela ... Bruce calls attention to perhaps the aspect that counts most: what does Venezuela's 21st century socialism mean for the lives of ordinary Venezuelans and has the Chavez government actually managed to significantly improve their lives? The answers to these questions are encouraging for everyone who seeks an alternative to capitalism. -- Gregory Wilpert, author of Changing Venezuela by Taking Power and editor of Venezuelanalysis.com
About Iain Bruce
Iain Bruce is a British journalist and film-maker. He has made documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC. During 2004 and 2005 he was BBC correspondent in Caracas, Venezuela. Currently he is an adviser to Telesur, the Latin American news channel based in Venezuela. He is also author of the The Porto Alegre Alternative: Direct Democracy in Action (Pluto Press, 2004).