Venezuela — Revolution as Spectacle


Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle analyses the Chávez regime from an antiauthoritarian Venezuelan perspective. It debunks claims made by Venezuelan and U.S. rightists that the Chávez government is dictatorial, as well as claims made by Venezuelan and US leftists that the Chávez government is revolutionary. Instead the book argues that the Chávez regime is one of a long line of Latin American populist regimes that — "revolutionary" rhetoric aside — ultimately have been subservient to the United States as well as to multinational corporations. The book concludes by explaining how Venezuela's autonomous social, labour, and environmental movements have been systematically disempowered by the Chávez regime, but that despite this they remain the basis of a truly democratic, revolutionary alternative.

Rafael Uzcátegui has been an editor of the long-running Venezuelan anarchist paper, El Libertario, since 1995. Since 2006, he has been the chief investigator for the Venezuelan human rights group PROVEA (Programa Venezolano de Educación de Derechos Humanos), and was co-writer of its documentary, El Masacre de El Amparo: 20 Años de Impunidad (The El Amparo Massacre: 20 Years of Impunity). Since January 2010, he is a member of the WRI Council.

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