Caracas, July 23, 2022 (Press MinComunas) – Communal experiences in Venezuela presented through the Zoom digital platform as part of the ” 9th South-South Sustainability Forum: Collapse of modern civilization and the future of humanity”, sponsored by the Global University for Sustainability.
On Venezuela’s behalf were Hernan Vargas (Vice Minister of Communal Economy), Carmen Navas (Executive Director of the Bolivar Institute), and Jesus Garcia (spokesman of the Socialist Commune Altos de Lidice and Councilman of the Libertador municipality), who officially launched “Venezuela in Struggles: Colonial Past, Revolutionary Legacy and Community Regeneration.” In detail, this book shows the history and evolution of the People’s Power in Venezuela.
Hernan Vargas expressed that this book is the result of three elements that strengthen its publication. “The spaces of international political reflection on dilemmas, paradigms, and challenges; the exchanges of experiences among peoples; and finally the capacity to turn the crisis into an opportunity, amid the pandemic a seminar emerged which today is a book.”
The first phase of the text focused on the historical processes of struggle in Venezuela, with historical roots in Bolivar, Rodriguez, and Zamora. With contributions from professors, the Bolivarian Government authorities, revolutionary personalities, and o the People’s Power. “…Iraida Vargas and Mario Sanoja, creators of the thesis of the communal way to Bolivarian Socialism, tell us how the Venezuelan communes have resized and revolutionized the geometry of power in the country”, pointed out the Vice Minister of Communal Economy.
The ministerial authority highlighted that the book’s story is seen from the eyes of the people and not from the elites. In the content presentation, he highlighted the project and the legacy built in these years, its achievements, achievements, and difficulties. The ministerial authority also highlighted, the primary role of women and the diversity of communal, rural, urban, communicational, geopolitical, and anti-imperialist struggles.
The book summarizes a compilation of popular struggles and revolutionary politics that have promoted and strengthened forms of people’s power. “Among its reflections, the book speaks of the continuity of the struggle and its challenges, one of the central ones is the transition to Socialism overcoming the rentiers and providing keys from the communal.”
“Facing a crisis or a collapse of the modern civilization of the West, we need to rebuild from the communal bases in medicine, ecology, agricultural production, we need projects of integration of the nations that are communal centered,” emphasized Vice Minister Vargas.
In this sense, Carmen Navas thanked all the people who made possible the creation of the book: “Venezuela has resisted and is showing new elements to the world, as an organized and conscious people that can face difficulties and conquer victories.”
On his part, Jesus Garcia stated that from his experience in the Altos de Lidice Commune, “we have built international relations, not only among governments but also from the peoples because it was Commander Hugo Chavez who spoke to us about the diplomacy of the peoples. We believe that the construction of the new happens by uniting in common and understanding our differences”.
“The object of communal life basis on the territory, on ways in which we relate. To build a new economy and think politics. The exchange of these experiences must be more of a central axis of the revolution. The objective is to build a society centered on a communal way of life and self-government,” he highlighted.
“In Venezuela, despite the war and the blockade, the people and the government have resisted, and new economic forces have arisen which today mark possibilities for the future,” added Jesus Garcia.
“The union of the South American continent would take us to a new level of the organization carrying forward what has always been the dream of Bolivar, Miranda, and Sucre. To strengthen a whole region that has had potential and riches, but it has been imperialism that has not allowed it to flourish as it should”, concluded the councilman.