Comparing ‘coups’: Macron’s is one, Maduro’s is not


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HELP ENLIGHTEN YOUR FELLOWS. BE SURE TO PASS THIS ON. SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON IT.

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 RAMIN MAZAHERI, Senior Correspondent & Contributing Editor, Dispatch from Paris | Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has appeared in various journals, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and television.

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Mao was well aware of this, and he led the extremely, extremely, extremely misunderstood Cultural Revolution, which saw a leader at the height of his power willingly refuse even more power and instead devolve it to the young in order to keep the Revolutionary ideals fresh. Thus you had students taking revenge on power-drunk teachers, etc…. (And let’s note that Chinese support for socialism remains unflagging today.)


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2 thoughts on “Comparing ‘coups’: Macron’s is one, Maduro’s is not

  1. The problem in all this is not Macron nor even Trump. They are but the outward signs of the disease within. If a society follows a pattern of capitalism which is the outline of economic Darwinism there is no escape from profits and surplus value streaming upwards. This has also nothing to do with any individual virtue or talent, but much with a capability of using direct aggression to survive in a competitive world. The rot of what is now called Western capitalism rests simply in the fact that everyone is infected by it, whether it is the beggar who will chase his/her compatriot away from her/his usual corner to the big business executive who will without any conscience destroy his competitors. The solution rests not on popular revolt nor on a gradual amelioration (to some extent possible only) of the fate of much of the population, but on a entire reversal of the present status quo. It excludes all personality politics and identity politics as these are cosmetic changes that simply will disappear in any revolution. The term revolution comes from the Latin revolvere which literally means a total turn-over (180 degrees). Every institution needs to be subverted and every shibboleth destroyed. This is no easy task as Lenin clearly observed and always bloody because humans tend to be in nature conservative. But revolutions mature by themselves in an environment where the contradictions grow by the day and France and the USA are slowly showing the break between the have-much and the have-littles. The margin of survival of the present system is clearly getting thinner by the hour and it may well start crumbling by itself soon.

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