They fight with socialism that does not exist. They fight against an anti-utopia that does not belong to anyone. They imagine a world without family, without order, without a market, without freedom. The right-wing liberals of the world invented a ghost, they hung the sign of socialism and now they are seeing it everywhere, especially, and every so often in Venezuela. But enough is enough. Because that socialism against which they fight is not the one with which we commune inclusive democracies, full of people who live in the 21st century. Our socialism is particular, popular and deeply Latin American. As we said clearly during the Assembly of the United Nations last September: ours is an autonomous project of democratic revolution, of social demand, it is a model and a path of its own that is based on our own history and our culture.
And of course, our democracy is different because it was founded neither by nor for the elites, as were the liberal democracies of Europe and the United States. Against that model, we rebel and that is why we proposed, 20 years ago, a democracy of ours, based on the sovereign heart of the Venezuelan people. What happens is that ending the twentieth century, when in Latin America we left the period of dictatorships promoted by the United States, they tried, with the idea of liberal democracy, to wrap us up with a gift package -a Trojan horse- with all the values of his own concept of modernity. But we want to tell you that here in Latin America we also have identity and values and that we want to involve in our democracy, before those of others, our own values. Not only those of the individual and capital. Also those of solidarity and community. For us, the fatherland is the other. We learned the lesson because it happened to us for centuries. Instead of enriching one’s own culture with the outside, the Latin American elites and their liberal fashions have permanently tried to re-found Europe in the heart of America. Destroying step and again all that seems different. Elites for whom the other, the Indian and the black, we were rather the monkey before the human.
We believe fervently in our Latin American democracy because we believe and we fulfil in Venezuela with three fundamentals as essence and necessity: First, because we carry out elections systematically, daily and peacefully. During the past 20 years, we have made 25 elections, all of them endorsed by national and international institutions and political actors. Some we have won overwhelmingly, others we have lost. Second, because in Venezuela citizens, through mechanisms of direct democracy, fundamentally with neighbourhood organizations and political parties, have access to and control over public resources. And third, because in Venezuela it is the people who rule, not the elites. Before me Chávez ruled, a soldier descended from blacks and Indians who became the father of the country. Today, Venezuela is governed by a modest trade unionist and bus driver for six years. In Venezuela, it is the people who govern themselves because it was their Constituent Assembly, which conceived and drafted their own constitution. We are not and we do not want to be a model of democracy. We are, instead, the democracy that defined and defends his people, which he amasses in an everyday effort against lies and false positives. An imperfect democracy that works day by day because it is everyone’s and more just.
*President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
This text was originally published in Spanish on January 19 (2019), in the Digital Edition of the journal “La Jornada” by the former President of Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro. We just share the publication, not his ideas.
Reference: Distopía socialista.