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Venezuelan Opposition Intellectuals Reject CháVez's Invitation to Debate

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, celebrating 10 years of his weekly TV show, Hello President, invited intellectuals from a rightwing conference taking place in Venezuela to debate leftwing intellectuals on the show. They agreed at first, then didn't come

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Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday June 2, 2009, 1:47 pm
Bu$h RepubliCON$ have tried to a$$a$$inate Hugo Chavez $everal times; the Bu$h twin$ in $outh America have been furthering their father'$ "killing" tactic$ ...

Migda Soto (17)
Tuesday June 2, 2009, 9:48 pm
Mario Vargas Llosas was the person chosen to debate with Chavez and Chavez did not agree. So... A lot of people was waiting for this debate including Chavez fans. If you want to know what is happening here come and live here ( Venezuela).

Simon W (207)
Wednesday June 3, 2009, 3:05 am
Magda Elizabeth, it is not so easy for me and other working class people just to leave and go to another country as you propose. Why do you propose such a ridiculous thing? But if you PAY for air tickets and accomodation for me to go to Venezuela, I will go there.

Anyway, going to a country does not give a person the truth about that country's politics. Most of the things that people believe about politics and the world in general (including in the nation where they live) is NOT from personal experience - it is from the media - and we can get information from the media anywhere in the world, we don't need to be in a particular nation to get that information.

The problem here seems to be that you are believing capitalist media (the media that is owned and controlled by the mega-rich capitalist class, with its obviously greedy agenda). And in contrast, I get and share information from the non-capitalist media (the media that is owned and controlled by the people: democratic socialist government media, community media, and the media of democratic socialist parties, which have the agenda of sharing out the world's wealth and power amongst all people).

In every capitalist country, including in Venezuela (which is still mostly capitalist,despite some socialist reforms), some people believe the capitalist media, and some people believe the non-capitalist media, so there are a variety of beliefs about politics in every capitalist country. Clearly, living in a country does not determine what people believe about politics.

However, we can discover the truth about politics by participating in politics, and developing an accurate analysis of our sources of information, to interpret that information accurately. E.g. all intelligent people can see that information that comes from the capitalist class (people who hoard wealth when surrounded by people who are living in poverty), is not trustworthy information, because hoarding wealth when surrounded by people who are living in poverty is unethical behaviour, and unethical people are not trustworthy.

And e.g. the private media corporations have an agenda (profit for the ric shareholders), that is in direct conflict with the socialist revolution in Venezuela, because socialist revolution is about the people taking corporations from rich people, and managing them democratically, as worker-controlled cooperatives, to benefit society. So of course, the the corporate media will speak for capitalism and against socialism.

Anyway, I get my information from friends who live in Venezuela, e.g. Tamara Pearson, who is from Australia, who I met in the political party that we are both in (the Socialist Alliance), and who is now a journalist in Venezuela, and who WROTE THIS ARTICLE.

Simon W (207)
Wednesday June 3, 2009, 3:10 am
Magda Elizabeth, please read the truth. As Tamara Pearson wrote in the article:

'At 10 that night, Chavez repeated the invitation to debate on his show but emphasised again that it should be between intellectuals. “I’ll be sitting down and enjoying [the debate]. Now, if they ask me to participate, I won’t have a problem with that even though I’m no intellectual,” he said.

'On Saturday morning, Vargas publicly refused to debate the leftwing intellectuals. Chavez proposed Venezuelan writer Luis Britto Garcia for a one on one debate with Vargas as a compromise. From 11am the left wing intellectuals were waiting in the presidential palace to begin the debate, but none of the right wing intellectuals turned up.'

I.e. the man who is pro-capitalist (pro-exploitation, pro-impoverishment and pro-inequality), "Mario Vargas Llosas" DID NOT TURN UP FOR THE DEBATE.

Please get correct facts before you write something, Magda Elizabeth.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Wednesday June 3, 2009, 5:16 pm
Noted. Thank you, Simon.

Simon W (207)
Thursday June 4, 2009, 3:58 am
You're welcome, Locan. : )

Good on you for noting this news. : )

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday June 4, 2009, 9:43 am
I'm a big fan of Venezuela, Chavez and what they are achieving. The "news" we get here in the US lacks of credibility, to put it nicely. Good on you for keeping us informed, Simon.

P.S. I'm a big fan of yours too, but don't tell anyone!

Simon W (207)
Friday June 5, 2009, 6:11 am
Hi Locan : ) I am happy to read that you are a fan of Venezuela, Chavez and what they are achieving : ) So am I : )

I was surprised to read these friendly and positive comments from you... because the last time I remember communicating with you, we came into conflict... however, I guess you have forgiven me as I have forgiven you : ) I am glad about that. : )

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Friday June 5, 2009, 1:48 pm
As am I, amigo.
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