[Marxism] NYT spinning the news from Venezuela

Jurriaan Bendien andromeda246 at hetnet.nl
Tue Aug 17 04:15:26 MDT 2004

Brief bio of Bernard Mommer at

There are reviews of Bernard Mommer's book at:

And a critical discussion of Mommer's policy at:

There is also an article by Bernard Mommer, "Oil Rent and Rent Capitalism:
The Example of Venezuela" in Review of the Fernand Braudel Centre, Vol.
XIII, No. 4, Fall, 1990. He briefly sketches the (neo-)liberal agenda for
oil policy at http://www.upmf-grenoble.fr/iepe/textes/MommerTxt.pdf

Quick backgrounder on Venezualan oil:

Greg Palast writes: "There's so much BS and baloney thrown around about
Venezuela that I may be violating some rule of US journalism by providing
some facts. Let's begin with this: 77% of Venezuela's farmland is owned by
3% of the population, the 'hacendados.' I met one of these farmlords in
Caracas at an anti-Chavez protest march. Oddest demonstration I've ever
seen: frosted blondes in high heels clutching designer bags, screeching,
"Chavez - dic-ta-dor!" The plantation owner griped about the "socialismo" of
Chavez, then jumped into his Jaguar convertible."


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