Venezuelan authorities claim validity of the Communist Manifesto 173 years after its first publication
The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, affirmed this Sunday, on the 173rd anniversary of the first publication of the Communist Manifesto, that “in the 21st century, the thoughts of Marx and Engels maintain a great ideological, political and programmatic validity”and that the Bolivarian Revolution, since its inception, has been nourished by its fundamental principles.
This assertion was made during a telematic event promoted by the international media organization People’s Dispatch to commemorate a new anniversary of this political treaty, commissioned by the Communist League to Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, published for the first time in London, United Kingdom, the February 21, 1848.
The Venezuelan Head of State described the work as “the most important statement in politics in 200 years”, in which its authors express their vision of historical materialism, the development of the class struggle and the path to socialism.
He explained that the Venezuelan revolution, under the guidance of Commander Hugo Chávez, has taken the idea of historical materialism, materialist dialectics and the search for a possible utopia, building a socialism with its own particularities towards the future.
Other national voices
Other spokesmen of the Bolivarian Government also shared their impressions on the validity of the Communist Manifesto, reading excerpts from the work and exemplifying its permanence in time.
The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, paraphrased Marx and Engels when said that “everything comes down to the class struggle”, which in Venezuela has its expression over the last 22 years in the struggle between the bourgeoisie that tries to retake the political power and the people that hold it despite the aggressions, insults, sanctions, blockades and economic, political and communicational wars.
In the same direction, the president of the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples (ISB), Carlos Ron, stated that the Bolivarian Revolution has been inspired by the Communist Manifesto, “the first of the Red Books”, as emancipatory reference. “We have gone from a bourgeois, liberal democracy to a participatory and leading democracy, where we want the proletariat to conquer the power, which translates in Venezuela into the construction of people’s power.”