According to the dissent, Chávez's plan pursues communism
The government wants 68% of people living in communes by 2019
"There is consistency of what used to be called the communist world with what is purported here in Venezuela," commented in a recent press conference, José Guerra, former chief research officer at the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV).
In the opinion of the MUD spokesman, the scheme undertaken by the current administration is mainly characterized by "centralization of the means of production, because the government does not want a country of owners, but submissive people." This, he added, is the recent for continued expropriations, seizures and nationalizations carried out by President Hugo Chávez's administration.
"All of this invoking always the collective interest, supreme happiness and whatever the State uses to grab the economy," Guerra reasoned.
For his part, Alfredo Padilla, the president of the Front for the Defense of Family Estate, added that the collectivism proposed by Chávez does not entail individual benefits. Corporate proceeds will be reinvested in the community.
He recalled that the Socialist Plan contemplates that by 2019, 68% of people will live in communes. Padilla explained that these are sort of economic and social ghettos composed of communal councils, which will organize service providers in their sphere of action.
"If anything is important here is the collective. A citizen will not be able to economically grow, to free his/her family from poverty; he/she will be subject to the gifts given by the government through the economic communal system," he cautioned.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.