AntiNote: The following is an extended excerpt of a radio interview, edited for readability.
On 8 March 2014, Chuck Mertz of This is Hell! Radio (Chicago) talked to educator and author George Ciccariello-Maher about the current dynamics in Venezuela.
Protest movements and struggles waged by dissidents against state prerogatives, wherever they happen, are always more complex than we are typically given to understand. But the ongoing cases of Ukraine and Venezuela seem to have reached, for a great many, new heights of incomprehensibility. Roles appear to be reversed, with reactionary forces engaging in tactics we are used to associating with revolutionary movements. Questions of legitimacy, authority, democracy, and violence nag at all participants. The temptation is strong to zoom out, chalk everything up to global realpolitik, and simply declare everyone a bastard.