Thursday, May 24, 2007
Today we're going to discuss another major step towards achieving economic and social justice in Venezuela: no-nonsense land reform that allows malnourished, hungry people to grow food to feed themselves and their families. And, we'll learn what it really takes to be in solidarity with the Third World poor.
Taking back the fertile farmland in Venezuela from the multinationals and the local elites, is just like taking back Bolivia's natural gas industry, and just like taking back Venezuela's oil industry, from the multinationals and the local elites.
Lisbeth Colmenares, 22, was radiant as she showed a visitor her new home here, where she and her family live rent-free.It is just such a change in consciousness among the average citizenry, that is the right's greatest fear. This is unthinkable to them.
“Before Chávez, the government would have been happy to let us starve,” said Ms. Colmenares, holding her 6-month-old daughter, Luzelis.
“We’ll never let what we have now be taken from us.”
The state and federal government holds Bella Vista as an example of the ideological fervor Mr. Chávez is trying to instill in the countryside.
As you would expect, the land owners are furiously fighting back.
Listen to the podcast for the details of the battle, including audio clips from impoverished Venezuelans now emboldened to take control of their own destiny.
(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at least do me the courtesy of listening to the podcast first. Please don't respond just on the basis of the brief preview above. Thanks!!)
For those who aren't familiar with podcasts, podcasts are a series of mp3 audio files that you download to your computer or portable music device (iPod or other) and then can listen to whenever you want.
You don't need an iPod to listen to podcasts.
Podcast software like iTunes will automatically check a podcast at intervals you specify, and download any new installments.
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In iTunes, if you want to subscribe to my podcast, just click on Advanced at the top right, then choose Subscribe to Podcast, and paste in the URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/blasttheright
That's the URL to use for other podcast-friendly software programs as well.
Alternatively, you can just manually download new episodes from my podcast home page as they become available. Here is a link to my podcast's home page: http://www.therationalradical.com/podcast.html
Jack Clark 10:05 PM [+]