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Monday, November 19, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
A. D. White House, Guerlac Room
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
LASP Public Issues Forum: Venezuela: Crisis, Communes, and the State
Venezuela is today mired in a crisis that is as political as it is economic, with many everyday people caught between an unpopular government and an unpopular opposition. This presentation will bring into the picture what is most often left out: the grassroots social movements that helped bring Hugo Chávez to power almost twenty years ago, and many of which remain today loyal to his central message. Largely left out of the brinkmanship between government and opposition, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans are organized into radically democratic communes, attempting to build an alternative to not only the crisis of the present, but the deep structural contradictions of a century of oil-fueled development.
Reception follows at 6pm.
George Ciccariello-Maher is author of We Created Chávez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution, Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela, Decolonizing Dialectics, and Co-editor of the series Radical Américas.