One of the central tasks of remaking socialism for the 21st century is insisting upon and exploring alternatives to capitalism. This has been the importance of the Venezuelan Revolution, and the politics emerging in the Bolivarian bloc of states. The recent re-election of Hugo Chavez has led to further radical proposals for socialization. But these require careful study and debate given the experience of Venezuela and the balance of class forces inside the country and the region. One of the central theorists of the new theory of the transition to socialism has been Michael Lebowitz, who draws extensively on the developments in Venezuela in his thinking on ‘real human development’. This meeting will for discussion of these issues in light of the new Venezuela programme.
Venezuelan Programme for the Transition to Socialism at http://links.org.au/node/3079
Michael Lebowitz, The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010)
Michael Lebowitz, The Path to Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism?, Socialist Project, 2009, at http://www.socialistproject.ca/documents/ThePath_letter.pdf
Manuel Larrabure writes regularly on Latin American politics and is completing his Phd at York University.
Thomas Ponniah is an affiliate with the Rockefeller Centre for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, a columnist with rabble.ca and a frequent commentator on Latin American politics.
Sponsors: York Institute for Political Economy Initative, Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project
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