Saturday, June 09, 2007

Another Anarchist View of Venezuela's RCTV Situation

The Venezuelan anarchist movement is divided between those who give critical support to the Bolivarian Revolution, seeking to radicalize it, and those who are completely against it, seeing the movement as either purely capitalist or Stalinistic. The former is represented by FAL (El frente de acciones libertarias ) and the latter by El Libertario. (1) Be that as it may, I will let El Libertario speak for itself:

The Collective of “El Libertario”, Venezuelan anarchist newspaper, makes public its reasoned out position in the debate generated by the case of RCTV, in where the current government imposes a solution where we pass from the meanness that the capitalistic private oligopoly of TV to the dreadful that could be the monopoly of a bureaucratic and authoritarian state.

Since two decades ago, by means of our publications, ten Venezuelan anarchists have denounced and being against the vices and slants of the private media corporations as RCTV. This company had guaranteed its economic success combining evil oligopolistic practices, opportunist bonds with the current state power and the emission of “garbage-content” with the excuse of “giving the people what they want”. However, the problems that indeed this company represented are taken now as an
excuse for the imposition of a solution that means a repetition and multiplication of the same vices. In the 2007´s Venezuela, the meanness of a part of the private oligopoly is supposed to be corrected by the dreadful of a state monopoly, increasing the unprecedented insane advantages for the government and justifying the production of “garbage-content” with the condition of being “rojo-rojito” (red-small red) *1. In concrete terms: we do not have Miguel Ängel Rodríguez anymore but we will have the acclaimed Mario Silva, the presenter of the journalistic paradigm of the V Republic...

Continued See

1. There are international ramifications. El Libertario is sympathetic to the Spanish CNT-IWA and FAL to the Spanish CGT. This split is over doctrinal purity vs. practical involvement in popular struggle. For the FAL see


Blogger Graeme said...

Very good Larry. I was looking for an anarchist take. Thanks!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

Well, Graeme, more like ONE anarchist take, since my anarchist view view and other Venezuelan anarchists like FEL, is different from that of El Libertario. But I thought it only fair to present both sides of the debate.

5:25 PM  
Blogger John Brown said...

I'm interested in your thoughts on my proposal, Larry. Hope all is well.



5:22 PM  
Blogger Rhinoceruz said...

I do not like Chavez goverment or revolution, as an anarchist i have always believed that one has to look at the methodologies or practices a goverment uses to achive a particular goal; if you look pretty close at the methodologies used by Chavez they are pretty much the same as the president of my country, colombia, in fact the disourse is the same but with different ideology.
The most important thing in democracy is the prescence of an opposition, any person or group that does not agree has to have the chance of existing specially because it provides balance to any sistem and it does not let the accumulation of goods and power to happen, Chavez manages more than 3000 millions dolar in his pockets, besides it has one of the most powerful armies in latino america (ain't this the kind of power anarchists don't like?).
Specifically about RCTV as media, well we can't expect any media to be unbiased, they are all biased, this blog is biased, mine is, bbc is, telesur is, we cannot expect anything to tell the truth and to be neutral with news and info; and it truth, they may have made deals with the CIA but chavez did the same with the guerrillas in my country, tell me, where is the difference?
again if its the "ends" the differece then we have fallen to the classic excuse: "the end justify the means", what we do is wath it is to be seen, how we do it. if i do not agree with the president of my country (Alvaro Uribe)is because he threatens the oppositions, he uses power and agresion to achive goals, if i don't like chavez is for the same reason, i do not agree with coercitive methodologies to block oposition.
Anarchism has had a way to forgive quietly left wing attempts to achieve powers just because some sort of similar ideology gets in the way, we have to realize that the goal of anarchy is the diffusion of power so i raise some questions : ¿does Chavez has too much power? ¿what happens when any given ideology of goverment gets too much power? ¿is there any real diference between the left wing accumulation of power and right wing accumulation of power?

12:15 PM  

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