We are presenting a translation of Nuevo Curso's article "Venezuela: ni goberino ni oposición," which was written in January 23 of 2019: the day of the opposition march. We of Workers' Offensive present this translation because we believe that the interests of the global working class, not just the one in Venezuela, lie not with any faction of capital but, on the contrary, come into direct opposition with all capitalist factions. The working class, in order to fight independently for its own interests as a universal class, must break from the influence all factions of capital lest it remained imprisoned by their chains. Neither the opposition nor the pseudo-socialism of Chavismo can liberate the working class in Venezuela from the crisis that they are suffering from: a crisis that has its basis in, as Nuevo Curso says, "the impossibility of an independent development of Venezuelan national capital in the conditions of today's capitalism."
Today the world is looking at a Venezuela that rises in the face of a call for an opposition march. The call for an opposition march is an open call for insurrection and a promise of amnesty to the soldiers that decide to abandon their loyalty to the government.
This morning we saw some clashes in the streets. As a prelude yesterday, after the uprising of a group of soldiers of the Bolivarian National Guard was met at once with the approval of the international press, about thirty small protests broke out. Streets were blockaded, businesses were looted and garbage was burned in El Valle, Catia, and Petare. The places mentioned are known to be longstanding Chavista fiefdoms.
Today, it doesn’t seem as though the protests will become massive. Nor does it look as though the rebellion of the military will move beyond occasional uprisings of non-commissioned officers and troops. This, however, does not mean that the situation will not lead to savage repression and/or international military intervention.
At this time, the focus is on the US, which warned its citizens of civil confrontation and supported the call for insurrection by the National Assembly. US support for the opposition was demonstrated by Vice President Pence through a video, which allowed Maduro to present the mobilization as a "fascist coup d'état ordered by the US".
In reality, the architecture of the opposition was not mapped out in the North, but rather in Brazil. Itamaraty has become the real headquarters of the Venezuelan opposition and the Bolsonaro government has not hesitated to use every means at its disposal for its purposes, including pointing the finger at Venezuela for the ELN attack in Bogotá. In reality, the bid of Brazil and Chile suffices with the reorganization of the opposition under the new leadership of Juan Guaidó, its call for insurrection, and a climate of civil conflict. The effects of this leadership have already brought nothing but gains for Bolsonaro, Brazilian capital, and Itamaraty: Brazil was able to stage its continental leadership as well as discipline Argentina. It was able to restore the regional institutional architecture and, in line with its strategic vision, reinterpret the new deal between Mercosur and the EU. This has allowed Maduro to feed among Europeans their reticence against the opposition and to win among them, for the moment, an anti-interventionist attitude.
Brazil, Colombia and the US on the one hand, Russia and China on the other, the EU in the middle... The spoils of Venezuela are at stake in a battle of imperialist alliances: the Venezuelan government versus the opposition.
If its seems as though the implosion of Venezuela has no end, if the dependence of each internal force on a different imperialism becomes evident, it is because the crisis departs from and always returns to the same cause: the impossibility of an independent development of Venezuelan national capital in the conditions of today's capitalism. There is no country - national capital - that can escape from the conditions of imperialism. This is why there is no "national liberation" possible and why nationalism, whether chavista or oppositionist, is nothing but a prison.
There is no possible national solution in Venezuela that does not involve more violence and hunger. Nationalism, whether governmental or oppositionist, is a reactionary prison.
In Venezuela, as in everywhere else, the real alternative is the same that we face these days in Mexico: to serve as the cannon fodder of the battle between factions of national capital or to fight independently, as workers, for universal human needs leaving aside "national interests" once and for all. The national interest is nothing other than the interest of a national capital that goes nowhere and that in its flight forward, be it by one road or another, threatens to destroy us all.
In Venezuela, as in Mexico or anywhere else, the real alternative is either to serve as the cannon fodder of the battles of national capital and its allies or to fight independently, as workers, for universal human needs.