Raúl Zibechi: “Venezuela: State Power — when the Left is the problem”

“In light of what happened in the region over the past two decades we arrive at a redefinition of the concept of Left: a political force that fights for power, based on populism, to embed their pictures on the institutions and, with years of control over decision-making mechanisms, become a new elite which can displace, negotiate or merge with the previous ones. Or combinations of the three.  The Left is part of the problem, not the solution. … What we do know is that the left as it really exists has become an obstacle to the lives of those majorities they reign over. The right-left polarization is false, it explains almost nothing about what is happening in the world.  But the worst is that the Left has become symmetrical to the right on a key point: its obsession with power.”