ALBA Summit: Recover Now the Progressive Initiative (I)

By Pedro Rioseco y Claudia Luperón La Paz, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The importance of the Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA in Spanish) about to start in Caracas, Venezuela, is to recover the progressive initiative now as an urgent need in the present international context.

That is how Bolivian analyst and political scientist Hugo Moldiz resumed the situation, in an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina, during which he anticipated that if this is achieved, many things will occur in Latin America to confirm there is no end to progressive movements.

ALBA will recover the role it played in its first years as little motor to put into operation big motors such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CLACS), the South American Union of Nations (UNASUR in Spanish) and Petrocaribe, among others, he said.

Besides initiatives of solidarity and cooperation promoted by this Alliance, recalled Moldiz, without her there would not have been denounces and early warnings of coup d’etat attempts and kidnappings of leaders of the South American countries.

There is not the slightest doubt that the empire’s counteroffensive against the advance of progressive forces in the region, he affirmed, leaving in the last years the doubt of viable new integration processes boosted by Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez with the creation of ALBA in December, 2004.

The doubt, said former Bolivian government minister, refers to the loss of Latin American leader Chavez, who most boosted regional integration and to face his challenge the United States developed a counteralternative, the Pacific Alliance.

At this moment U.S. President Donald Trump, adopts a different policy to the interior of his country and withdraws the nation from the transpacific agreement, leaving the Latin America bourgeoisies in a sorry state and it is necessary to profit from that context, explains Moldiz.

For the Bolivian analyst, the Trump policy puts in doubt and seriously questions the siren songs of subordinated integration that the right-wing governments pretended to carry on and now those governments lack any proposal of integration.

After several decades of ‘obscurantism’ in Latin America, with extreme poverty, illiteracy, social inequity, it seemed to have arrived to the end of that story, but in 1998 this picture disappears and another history begins to be written with the victory of Hugo Chavez and successive victories of other left-wing presidents in the region.

What we need now, he asserted, is to retake the confidence in ourselves. In the last years, some theoricists are talking of the end of the progressive cycle and have put us on the defensive, making us believe that everything has been done and there is no more to be done.

It is that subjective factor, he warned, that is so important today at the Alba Summit: believe in our own strengths and hopes.

Who can deny the progressive governments its big achievements when they are who best distributed wealth, who most participation, social justice and political empowerment conquered, who developed the most infrastructures and social services, he expressed.

There are the objective conditions, stressed Moldiz, what we need to find is the link between what objectively has been done and what subjectively needs to keep doing.

The transition to a non-capitalist society is longer than expected by scholars and even Ernesto Che Guevara himself, because in that time there was not a planetary capitalism like there is now, he explained, where transition is longer, more difficult, but not impossible.

This Summit, finally highlighted the Bolivian politician, has the objective conditions and if subjective conditions are added, such as the political will to keep marching forward, that can mark the turning point of the difficult years that Latin America has lived.

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