Worthy read by George Ciccariello-Maher. Though quite polemic at times, it’s very satisfying if, like me, you are fed up with what you’ve been hearing f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶p̶a̶g̶a̶n̶d̶a̶ ̶m̶a̶c̶h̶i̶n̶e̶ in the news.
If a reminder of James’ point were necessary, it was provided during the short-lived coup against Chávez in April 2002, which saw more killed in a matter of hours than in previous years. This tendency is again confirmed today, as the reactionary opposition takes to the streets, fueled by a racial and class hatred of the Chavista “hordes” who have so often been smeared as violent. The hypocrisy of violently attacking those one deems violent should not surprise us, as it is a constant feature that confirms Frantz Fanon’s dictum that for those relegated to non-being, to even appear is a violent act. Attacking privilege will always be portrayed as violent by those in power.