Maduro Under Threat: CIA Gains Foothold in Venezuelan Parliament

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Courtesy: Carlos Latuff

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 9 January 2016

On 6 December 2015 the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD) political party won 109 out of the 167 seats available in the parliamentary elections of Venezuela, a significant majority by almost any measure. The previous incumbents ruling the unicameral body, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV), were reduced from 99 seats to just 55, a swing of more than 16 percent. The key issue under consideration by the electorate at the time was the nations faltering economy.

It is no secret that the economic policies of President Hugo Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro, both of the PSUV, have, for the last 13 years, been widely controversial: President's Chávez and Maduro have charted a fiscal policy that involves an ideologically socialist redistribution of the enormous oil wealth of the nation to the vast majority of its people rather than it being hoarded by a speculative capitalist minority who had previously reduced the nation into abject poverty. This socialist approach to economic management is an extremely difficult objective for any government of a mixed or market based economy: the redistribution of capital, as evidenced by one of the most fiscally controlled mixed economies in the world, i.e. China, requires a significant degree of participation and consent of those who control it. In other words, the fundamental premise of socialist wealth redistribution ideology is that it requires the consent and participation of those who have or control the capital with the objective of lifting all participants as a result of the trade that ensues.

While nation states can, and do, engage in this type of investment, as China already has, capital in the hands of individuals and small groups are invariably driven by greed and an insatiable thirst for power. The Venezuelan capitalists, akin to their mentors in the US Empire, are no exception.

When Chávez rose to power in February 1999 a new era of democracy emerged in Venezuela: the people's choice of Chávez and the PSUV party as the nations representatives for a new social democratic form of government finally swept away more than 40 years of military junta's and pseudo-democratic despots who excelled in corruption and incompetence. Of course, the vested interests of those who had grown rich and powerful at the expense of the state and its people became ardent opponents of the Chávez government who sought to champion the cause of mostly the disenfranchised and disadvantaged in society. Naturally, these policies garnered the ire of the speculative capitalist minority in the country but, more importantly, they provoked the wrath of successive regimes in the US whose control of the nations oil assets gradually slipped from their grasp. Economic war ensued, not too dissimilar from the economic wars being waged on Iran and Russia.

While Chávez prevailed until his death in March 2013, when the Presidential baton was passed onto Maduro, the economic war had been running for more than 10 years and its effects were being felt across the nation. There is a widespread shortage of goods of every conceivable kind including food, medicine and even fuel, that is being engineered by both foreign and domestic actors who are intent on crushing social democracy in Venezuela. It is a known fact that there is no real shortage of goods but they are being hoarded by speculators and capitalists whose irresponsible behaviour is fuelling rampant inflation. Not unexpectedly, the general public are bound to demonstrate a degree of displeasure at the ballot box but a swing of a little more than 16 percent is indicative of more than just electorial annoyance.

While the Maduro government has had some success in exposing the criminal behaviour of these hoarding speculators, the majority of this unlawful activity remains elusive as avarice and a thirst for power prevails among its domestic operators. Similarly, foreign intervention is also known to have exacerbated the situation in the country as the US regime, who have more than 70 CIA agents conducting nefarious activities out of the US Embassy in Caracus, have funded widespread hoarding and facilitated electorial fraud. The CIA's remit in Venezuela is a long standing objective: to undermine, destabilise and forcibly remove if necessary, President Chávez, now Maduro, and the PSUV, sequestrate the nations oil assets and, once again, place them under the control of the US Empire. Clearly, the nations capitalists and, more importantly, the MUD political party have benefitted from the ballot box rigging and ballot box stuffing activities of the CIA and their domestic accomplices.

Thus, there can be no doubt whatsoever that President Maduro, and the social democracy advocated by the PSUV party, are under serious threat as both domestic actors, aided and abetted by the CIA who have their own agenda, close in for the kill. Whether Maduro, and the PSUV, can survive this latest onslaught remains to be seen but the omens do not look good.

Never underestimate the depravity of an Empire in decline.
Ann-Marie de Veer