Venezuela: We cannot sail
towards socialism on the capitalist Ship of State
By Franz J. T. Lee
There has been a great interest in our last philosophic reflections
about the general character of class struggle and consciousness in
Venezuela and elsewhere; also about our views with reference to the
current aggressive threats against Venezuela; but also with regard to
the Oil Leaks in the
Gulf of Mexico. Our under and post graduate students, who are employed
in all walks of political life, have asked us to continue
with the simple clarification of some central current socialist
issues, like peace, war and emancipation.
As a result of ideological
indoctrination and manipulation, millions, if not billions, do not have
the foggiest idea what is capitalism and in what an apocalyptic
disaster it will end. For class conscientization, it is very difficult
to explain to the saturated victims of ruling class 'Newspeak' (Orwell)
that they have become addicted to consumer drugs, 'religious opium'
(Kingsley) and ideological prozac. Many of us cannot fathom what really
is happening in the Gulf of Mexico. Capitalism really blew its own top
and therewith is showing what is reckless violence against humanity.
(See: the 'Methane Eruption' video:
Venezuela, our urgent warning has
nothing to do with prophecy,
atheism, conspiracy theory, science fiction or end times. It is simply the logical earthly
consequence of the 'empire', of the current mode of destruction, that
is, of production,
Also, it is neither a question of
theory, of the objective breaking down of capitalism due to its
internal contradictions, nor
is it one of a cock-sure transcendental 'happy end' , of a final bon
voyage towards heaven, nirvana, socialism and communism.
Experiments by nature can be successful or they can fail; in capitalist
production, mostly they result in a disaster. The belligerent species
homo homini lupus is a typical example of an aborted planetary
experiment. That this ruling class horror experiment, this Frankenstein
monster, outlived all the past methane gas explosions. shows its
tenacious, aggressive, violent quintessence. The 'most beautiful
flower' (Engels) of Mother Nature and the 'Crown of Creation' are now
being fatally threatened by corporate barbarism.
Of course, the experiment 'life' on
planet Earth, in the solar system, could fail, and we better should get
used to this truth. In other
words, it is not an 'or' issue, rather it is a ''neither nor''
of how to get out of heaven and its other side, out of hell. Heaven and
hell dialectically are two sides of the same historic, productive
process, the one cannot live without the other.
From my African elders I have learned that you cannot poison the black
mamba snake with its own mortal venom.
Venezuela: We cannot sail towards socialism on the capitalist Ship of
If we expect the worst from corporate
capitalism, anything less could just be bliss.
Currently, the worst is the
inexorable, insatiable, megalomaniac, corporate hunger for natural
resources, energy and oil.
Hence, It is the problem of getting out of the dialectical
contradictions: reform and revolution, peace and violence, capitalism
It is a matter of the NEW, of which
Che Guevara, Frantz Fanon and Ernst Bloch were daydreaming. To enter
the NEW we have to exit, to organize an exodus, to philosophize the
We have to annihilate work or labor,
the umbilical cord of capitalist surplus value, profits and private
property accumulation. As
as 'perverse', absurd, unilateral relations between
Nature and Society, we are the
problem, hence why not
start with the solution of the man-made problem before Big Brother
annihilates billions of
Our scientific, philosophic guide:
'Neither Peace Nor Violence' is
Emancipation. To transcend Capitalism, and its Negation, Socialism, is
'Human Emancipation' (Marx).