Venezuela Prioritises Cultural Revolution

A queue of children wait to exchange their toy guns for non-weapon-like toys as part of a government project to reduce violence in the area, in the Petare district of Caracas, Venezuela, August 20, 2008.

Caracas, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Aware of the transforming role of culture in society, the Venezuelan government is carrying out a revolution in that sphere in all states of the country.

Unlike previous administrations, during which artistic events were mostly held in Caracas, art reaches every corner of the country at present.

Concerts by Venezuelan and foreign groups, circus and theater performances, poetry festivals, book fairs, handicraft workshops, among other artistic events, take place all over the country.

In addition, Venezuela has enhanced the people’s knowledge by carrying out educational missions (Robinson, Ribas, Sucre), which are aimed at educating the people.

The State’s goal is to eliminate elite culture, which is designed for a small group of people, and to develop a movement that will benefit people from all walks of life.

In that regard, Mission Culture, which was kicked off in 2006, plays a major role, because its workers and members are in direct contact with the communities.

They also have an innovative vision of education, because training leaves the classrooms and travels to the neighborhoods, where development and cultural models are built.

At the graduation ceremony of nearly 400 activists of that program, held at the Teresa Carreño Theater, Culture Minister Hector Soto said the defense of the Venezuelan people’s traditions and idiosyncrasy is very important.

The rescue of popular culture is a tool to defend the cross-culture imposed by imperialism, which tries to crush the nations’ historic memory, he pointed out.

According to President Hugo Chavez, today’s situation demands a great cultural offensive to continue to boost the revolutionary process in the country.

Revolutionary awareness is achieved with full culture, which has to be able to distinguish between truth and lie, the president said at the graduation ceremony.

Chavez noted that the youngest generations must be educated with true values to counteract the distortion of reality promoted by the mass media, which respond to oligarchic and hegemonic interests.

Source: Prensa Latina/ Reuters Pictures

6 thoughts on “Venezuela Prioritises Cultural Revolution

  1. Thanks for that Smitty!

    The bottom line is capitalism alienates people and causes anti-sociality.

    Within capitalism the motives guiding decisions are pecuniary not personal, selfish not social. Seeking individual advance at the expense of others.

    The result, unsurprisingly, is an anti-social environment in which nice guys finish last.

    In U.S. hospitals, roughly a half a million people a year die of diseases they did not have when they entered. This is in considerable part a matter of hygiene and other correctable problems.

    Yet there is no massive campaign to save these lives. It would not be profitable.

    Starvation the world over has the same root cause; to feed the poor is not as profitable as over feeding the rich.

    What health we attain, what food we eat, what housing we inhabit, comes to us because someone was seeking not health, sustenance, or shelter for all, but profit for themselves.

    Economic logic seeks profit rather than social well being. Benefits for the weak arise only as a byproduct, not an intention, and rarely at that.

    As John Maynard Keynes put it, “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”

    I doubt that you would see kids being given non-weapon like toys in the U.S. like in the scene above. Why? Simple. There is no profit to be made.

    I’m not a communist but I am not a capitalist either. We need to wake up and change our world now for the benefit of people and not corporations.

    The majority want a society in which production is for human need and not for profit. A society in which those who work, not those who own, make the decisions. A world in which human beings of all races and nations cooperate and children learn the lessons of the past of war and poverty in history lessons, astonished that such atrocities could ever have happened.

    Maybe I am naive, but I believe this is possible and it is refreshing to see in Venezuela the governments true attempts to genuinely improve peoples’ social wellbeing especially the poor people who we should not forget represent the majority of Venezuelans. These people were invisible until Chavez took power in 1998.

    No matter the media lies and spin, I have been to Venezuela and I know that the social changes are genuine and that they are for the common good of all at the expense of big business and U.S. corporations etc. which is why the media is constantly filled with media distortion and lies about what is happening there.

    We all need to remember that the media is owned by the corporations so dont expect to read or hear anything positive about President Chavez or Venezuela in the not too distant future. My advice would be put down your newspapers and throw your tv out the window because the revolution will not be televised.

  2. Information on what is happening in Venezuela is very limited and skewed interpretations cause many people to doubt or reject the social changes taking place when, in truth, they know very little about Venezuela at all.

    Useful lessons from Venezuela go largely unreported and the only time Western media deems Venezuela newsworthy is when Chavez has been overthrown by a coup or suffers a defeat such as in the 2008 referendum.

    For anyone who would like to learn more about what has been happening over the past few years in Venezuela, check out documentary, ‘No Volveran – The Venezuelan Revolution Now’ which tells the inside story from the perspective of workers and people who are directly affected.

    You can see this film on google video at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=368302323300507208

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