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Friday, 14 January 2011

PSUV: Six strategic lines

Translation by Owen Richards
The following is an abridgement of an article from http://www.inass.gob.ve/ providing an outline of the six "strategic lines" discussed this month by the national leadership of the Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) for 2011 to 2012.

Prensa YVKE—Commander Hugo Chavez, president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), held a meeting last Saturday with the National Directorate of the party at Miraflores Palace to debate the strategic lines of political action for 2011 to 2012.

He said the document contains ideas for tackling the tasks of 2011 and 2012, in regard to the political continuity of the Bolivarian revolution.
"The next two years will be crucial for the Bolivarian revolution.  So it must be taken up by the militants and the leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)", Chavez said, convoking the great socialist meeting for January 3 and 4, where six great strategic "lines of political action" will be discussed.
1.  On capitalist culture and socialist militancy
The leader of the Bolivarian revolution said that the first, and the most central of the document, is the transition from the capitalist political culture to a socialist militancy.
"This first line is the essence of the battle.  Changing customs and culture.  It's the greatest of all the challenges to a revolution.  It must be developed starting with conscience and values.  Here we must make a really big effort.  This capitalist culture of egoism, of individualism.  This must be combated and removed from our values", he said.

2.  Convert the PSUV machinery into a movement-party, that is to say, to the daily service of the people.  To satisfy human needs.
The second line will be to convert the machinery of the PSUV into a movement-party, at the service of the popular struggles to satisfy  human needs, and not only to contest elections.
"This is very important becausethe MVR (Fifth Republican Movement) ended up an electoral machine.  It is a dangerous diversion, because the MVR estranged itself from the daily struggles of the people.  We cannot allow this to happen with the PSUV.  We must attack this right away", he emphasized.

3.  Convert the party into a powerful and permanent medium of propaganda and communication
Chavez emphasized that the third line is to convert the party into a powerful means of propaganda and communication, which includes the use of non-traditional means of dissemination.
As such, he raised the distribution of flyers with accurate information, communicating by word of mouth in public places and, for example, that the Official Gazette be turned into a free nationally-distributed newspaper.  He pointed out that this official document contains information on the national interest that is not read daily by the people.
"This is fundamental.  Sometimes I authorise some housing resources and nobody knows.  Sometimes things come out in the Official Gazette and nobody knows.  We should turn this Official Gazette into a newspaper.  When they recover lands in Apure, the party has to publicise it", he said.
He explained that it is necessary for the party, together with the national government, to prepare the population—through propaganda and communication— "before something's going to happen.  This is to prepare opinion.  Because sometimes we leave this field of battle all alone.  And the enemy attacks it and we don't respond.  As if it's not important."

4.  Pass from the inertia of the machinery to lead the people's struggle
The fourth line, according to Chavez, deals with passing from the inertia of the machinery to deal with the struggle of the people, an aspect closely linked to the second strategic point.
"It's the same self-critical wave which combines a series of proposals that will see soon", he said.

5.  Building the great Patriotic Pole, an audacious policy of reunification
The fifth line is the building of the great Patriotic Pole, as an audacious policy of reunification and repolarisation.
On this topic, Chavez put out a call to the patriotic and nationalist currents and movements to join together in a great patriotic poll.
"I'm calling on all currents and movements.  The more critical the better.  The call goes out to all sectors of the national life.  Without sectarianism.  We shall cover ourselves with humility.  I say this to all party militants.  The party cannot adopt an authoritarian posture.  This party is an open system of unification and empowerment.  Here there are two paths: this one that we're going down (socialism), or to turn back, which would be a catastrophe that takes us back to the past", he warned.

6.  The PSUV to hit the streets, go on the charge, to victory
The sixth and final line of the document of political action calls on the PSUV to hit the streets,  "which is like a call to battle".
Chavez said that it's possible that during the debate other positions will surface, because the document is a first draft, prepared with a deep revolutionary self-criticism.

Another document will be added  to these lines of action to consolidate the official launch of the second strategic map of the Bolivarian revolution.
"We're working on it, it has a lot to do with these (political action lines).  But it includes the strategic field more broadly , both national and international, and covers the short, medium and long term. Strategic map; tactical window", he said.

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