Venezuelan Socialists Discuss Program and Principles

by Socialist Voice editors

The founding congress of the newly organized United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is now under way. A translation of the PSUV’s Draft Program and Declaration of Principles has been posted on the website of the Australian-based journal Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez called for the creation of a political instrument to unify the country’s revolutionary forces in December, 2006. The founding congress, convened on January 12, 2008, involves some 1,676 congress delegates elected from almost 15,000 socialist battalions — local units of the PSUV. Over the next two months, they will discuss and debate the draft program, principles and statutes of the new party.

Between congress sessions, delegates will return to their local regions and battalions to ensure the widest possible discussion of these documents among the ranks of the new party.

The draft program and principles are important documents, not just for the Venezuelan left, but for progressive and revolutionary forces worldwide. We encourage Socialist Voice readers to study them carefully.

Also available now on the Links website:

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About Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal

From the Links website:

Links is a journal for the post Cold War left; a journal that rejects the Stalinist distortion of the socialist project; a journal that takes into account ecological questions; a journal that is taking steps to unify and bring together the forces for socialism in the world today; a journal that aspires to unite Marxists from different political traditions because it discusses openly and constructively.”

“Inspired by the unfolding socialist revolution in Venezuela, led by Hugo Chavez, Links is also a journal for `Socialism in the 21st Century’ and the discussions and debates that are flowing from that powerful example of socialist renewal.”

The editorial advisory board of Links includes Peter Boyle, Lisa Macdonald, John Percy and Terry Townsend (Australia), John Riddell (Canada), Dita Sari (Indonesia), Farooq Tariq (Pakistan), Sonny Melencio (Philippines), Murray Smith (Scotland), and Malik Miah (United States).

Links recently changed from a printed journal to a web-based project that seeks to promote the international exchange of information, experience of struggle, theoretical analysis and views of political strategy and tactics within the international left.

Free subscription: To be notified by email when new articles are published, go to the Links website and click “Subscribe to Links” in the main menu.