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Insecurity in Venezuela: a Class Issue

Bolivarian revolution
Insecurity in Venezuela: a Class Issue

*Jun 12th 2012, by Euler Calzadilla - CMI Venezuela *

*This article, written by comrade Euler Calzadilla, demonstrates the
position of the Marxist current of the PSUV, the Venezuelan sector of the
International Marxist Current (CMI), on the issue of security. In the
piece, Calzadilla analyses the root causes of the social scourge, causes
which are generally almost never analysed by the bourgeois media, or in the
majority of public media. As such, in this brief article, Calzadilla
responds to the lies of the rightwing "majunche" on the issue of security
and highlights the limits of the Bolivarian governments plan for
disarmament and security, limits which emerge from trying to combat
insecurity from within the framework of the economic and political
capitalist regime.*

During the presentation of his "security" plan, CAP-riles* states that,
"This government has not been able to deal with insecurity. One of the
fundamental roles of the state is to provide justice and Venezuelans do not
have justice. It is a problem which is impossible to hide". Furthermore, he
qualified the government's 18 attempts to implement a security programme in
the last 14 years as a failure. Another of CAP-riles criticisms with
respect to the issue regards impunity, and on this particular issue we
might be in agreement, Marxists are also clear on the fact that, as the
saying goes, "the prisons aren't full of criminals, they are full of poor
people". However, it also bears saying that if there weren't such a level
of impunity then CAP-riles himself would be in jail.

The problem with security is that it is one of the most critical issues in
Venezuelan political reality; the rightwing has used this issue in a
demagogic way for a long time, bombarding the people with alarming homicide
figures, robberies and kidnappings. However, the campaign against
insecurity does not have a clear and correct response from the official
camp, and for that reason the bourgeoisie have made the issue their battle

*Insecurity: a matter of class*

The authorities should accept the issue of insecurity with a resounding,
"Yes, it's true" and without any protest. In this way they can disarm the
right wing's discourse which focuses on the fact that insecurity is a
problem denied by the government. Now, this "Yes" should also be
accompanied by a clear explanation of why there exists such a problem and
what its solution is, which cannot be anything other than socialism.

Given that the problem is an evil inherited from the Fourth Republic
(1958-1998) and caused by the contradictions of the capitalist system,
taking into account that in Venezuela we still live in CAPITALISM, and
considering at the same time that the idea of feeding, educating and
housing the people without putting an end to capitalism is incredibly
stupid. Insecurity, not just in Venezuela but in all Latin America, has a
fundamental cause and is an extremely lucrative business for the national
and international bourgeoisie. The arms industry moves enormous quantities
of money and kills thousands and thousands of people each year.

The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Russia and Spain
are the greatest producers and sellers of arms, and specifically of the
light firearms which are responsible for thousands of deaths in the
so-called third world. Out of the 100 main factories, 78 companies are
found in the US and Europe, and together they monopolise 91.7% of sales,
according to a report by SIPRI (The Stockholm International Institute for
Peace Studies). The United States has 45 businesses in the first 100, which
control 61.5% of total sales, whilst out of 33 European arms-producing
businesses, 75% come from France, Germany, Italy and the UK.

It isn't the common "thug" from a barrio in Caracas, or from the favelas in
Rio de Janeiro, nor the "drug pushers" who import and traffic arms; it is
the bourgeoisie that lobbies for arms traders in every country. The
structures of organised crime, the functioning of a corrupt state
apparatus, police, state functionaries motivated by the desire to
accumulate individual capital so they can climb the food chain of the
capitalist system. Judges, attorneys, lawyers and the whole bureaucratic
hierarchy in the administration of justice are the first people responsible
for the problem of insecurity. Each one of these elements forms part of an
integral whole.

The banks play a key role in all of this. The global bourgeoisie isn't
running through airport gates across the globe with their suitcases packed
full of dollars. All the enormous amounts of capital generated by the drugs
industry and the arms industry is transferred though banks, it is through
banks that operations such as money laundering are carried out. The
solution isn't then to capture the "crook" standing on the corner, but
rather for the state to nationalise the bank and its monopoly on foreign

Another issue to take into account is that of hired assassins. This was
also not a reality created by the "thugs" in the barrios but rather by the
bourgeoisie, who, in order to resolve their labour conflicts, assassinated
and terrorised trade union leaders, which is what happened on 21 June with
Abraham Rivas from the Union Federation for POLAR Food and Drinks
Businesses, which is also used as an instrument for narco-trafficking.
Furthermore the same thing happened with the kidnappings taking place in
the border regions where the landowners are importing paramilitaries to
assassinate peasant rural workers, until the paramilitaries realised that
it made more business sense to kidnap landowners and to have them pay a
ransom than to kill peasant rural workers.

The common criminals of the barrio, the "killers" and the "thugs" are
nothing more than the final link in a large chain of national and
international interests in the death and insecurity business taking place
in the poorly named "third world". In Latin America, this business works by
encouraging cultural violence, and in other latitudes, by causing religious
conflict. This all forms part of the same interests, to create a market
where the "good families" from the developed countries can live off the
riches from the deaths of thousands of people across the world.

*The cultural element*

One of Marxism's scientific affirmations is that "social reality determines
consciousness" and this is true. There are those who believe that changing
the consciousness of man can change society, whereas, in reality, only
through changing social conditions will we be able to bring about a change
in men and women. Only through the planning of the economy and by reducing
time spent at work, ensuring that every member of society has equal access
to food, healthcare, housing, education and everything necessary to develop
the individual talent, cultural potential and collective intellectualism of
humanity, and in that way, be able to forget once and for all of all the
barbarity of capitalism.

It's not necessary for someone to say "we need to make a transition," which
is true, but in order to make this transition we don't need more police,
jails, judges and attorneys, but rather more peoples' militias united with
the communal councils and the workers, which defend the revolution from the
internal and external enemy and ensure that there is wellbeing amongst

*Insecurity and violence cannot be resolved from inside the limitations of
the bourgeois state, private property, the means of production and the
market economy. Only socialism can resolve them.*

*CAP-riles refers to opposition candidate, Capriles Radonski, and is a play
on words, referring to former rightwing president Carlos Andres Perez, who
implemented a series of neo-liberal structural re-adjustment policies at
the end of the 1980s and was often referred to as CAP. * *

*Translation by Rachael Boothroyd for Venezuelanalysis.com*
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