This is May Day in Venezuela. “Happy” May Day. It’s time to celebrate the Venezuelan people who will no longer tolerate a dictator. They have my support… Witness how they “welcome” the dictator’s military:
NEW BOOK: HOME FROM THE DARK SIDE OF UTOPIA
A riveting personal memoir that shares hard-earned political insights. The book charts a path through good intentions, projects gone awry, and the shadow side of utopian dreams—ultimately locating hope in the social movements of ordinary people who resist the imposition of states and other actors that claim to represent them.
Wednesday April 19, 7pm Glasgow Autonomous Space, Unit 11, 53 Kilbirnie St. Glasgow, Scotland G5 8JD
Thursday April 20th, 7pm – 9pm, Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE), 17 W. Montgomery Pl., Edinburgh Scotland Saturday April 22, Ghent Anarchist Book Fair, Ghent, Belgium Monday April 24, 7pm Centre Culturel Libertaire, 4 Rue de Colmar, 59000 Lille, France. More info here Tuesday April 25th, 7:30pm at De Kargadoor Oudegracht 36, 3511 AP Utrecht, The Netherlands. For more info go here
- Saturday April 29th, 8:00 pm at Nieuwland, Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93/95, Amsterdam. More information here.
- Sunday April 30th at Het Spinhuis, Singel 165A 1012 WE Amsterdam; more information here.
The strikeouts represent past events, not necessarily “strikeouts”)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT UTOPIA
An incisive and urgently needed political critique that can only be ignored at great cost.
A great job! (Readers) will appreciate your critical insights and the story you’re telling.
About Clifton Ross
Clifton Ross is the author, translator and/or editor of a dozen or so books of fiction, poetry, interviews, and political thought, particularly from Latin America, where he has traveled extensively. He has written and directed one feature-length film and a number of shorts. In 2005 Ross represented the U.S. in the World Poetry Festival of Venezuela. Four years later he publishedTranslations from Silence, which won the 2010 Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence from Oakland PEN. His most recent book is Home from the Dark Side of Utopia, a political memoir released in July 2016 by AK Press.
(Note: I’ve been away from my blog for a while for personal and creative reasons. In that time the Bolivarians have taken further steps toward an outright judicial dictatorship. They were forced to take one step back when the world reacted to the TSJ (Venezuelan Supreme Court) Ruling 156 in which the court “assumed functions” of…
How’s that for a jumbled headline of non sequiturs? Or, at least apparent non sequiturs. Let me explain myself. First of all, Margarita López Maya is coming to the San Francisco Bay Area in early March to present at Stanford and also at the World Affairs Council in Santa Rosa. AND ALSO at the Niebyl-Proctor…
(Note: A version of this piece was posted at www.libcom.org) The first victims of a riot are the rioters. That’s what the people of Bolivar City in Venezuela are learning right after the riots that took out 90% of its grocery stores in a matter of hours the weekend of December 16-18. Since 80% of…
https://archive.org/details/PeopleUnited20161209 Allan Campbell put a lot of work into editing this interview and it flows beautifully. The interview was recorded September 29,2016 in the KOOP studio, Austin, Texas.
And I mean no one is saying it, at least not in English in the United States. It’s the most obvious fact about the Chavistas, Hugo Chávez, the Bolivarian project, and it may also be the most important thing to say about the current crisis in Venezuela. Javier Corrales hasn’t mentioned it,…
Photo Gustavo Esteve The “Bolivarian Revolution” declared by the late Hugo Chávez a process to bring about “participatory protagonistic democracy” completed itself and came to an end yesterday, October 20, 2016 as it moved definitively into a dictatorship. As Frank Muci put it over at Caracas Chronicles, “the charade is over.” Now the only democratic process…
As I write, the “Taking of Caracas” is just hours away. The united opposition to the Bolivarian government has called on the people of Venezuela to gather in Caracas for what it hopes will be an ongoing protest. It’s a rather extreme measure, forced on the Venezuelan people due to the intransigence of the Bolivarian…
Pulso Latinoamericano | Clifton Ross: Sentí mucha culpa por haber apoyado el proyecto de Chávez Por Rafael Uzcátegui Fecha: 23/08/2016 FOTO: Scott Braley Rafael Uzcátegui @fanzinero (Rafael Uzcátegui is a writer, coordinator of the renowned Venezuelan human rights organization, PROVEA, and part of the editorial collective for the anarchist magazine, El Libertario. We did this…
(Note: On July 28th, 2016 I submitted this to the last remaining left website where I’d heretofore been able to publish and now, two weeks later, have yet to hear back from them. When I submitted articles praising Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution, they were published the next day. I understand it’s hard for people to hear…