Tariq Ali on Chavez, Venezuela and the struggle against neoliberalism (audio)

socialist-podcast.pngEpisode #5 of the Paulitics Podcast has now been released. This episode features a talk by noted radical intellectual, Trotskyist and salient figure with the New Left Review publication, Tariq Ali.

Ali’s talk is loosely on the topic of his 2006 book entitled “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of Hope” and features a fantastic discussion of Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela including both the challenges to the revolution  and the successes of the revolution.

venezuelan-flag.pngchavez-and-supporters.pngAlso in the episode, I take some time to despell some more myths regarding the constitutional reform package.  I despell the myth that the reform package was hugely centralizing or authoritarian by pointing out that several of the reforms were actually decentralizing and libertarian in nature.  In fact, some of the proposals, including the proposal to decrease of the central government’s share of taxation revenues so as to increase the share of the revenues for the various states, and the reform of the central bank are all things that the Ron Paul fanatics have been clamoring for in the United States.

To listen to Ali’s talk or to download the episode, click here.

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To view past episodes of the Paulitics Podcast, click here.

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2 Responses to “Tariq Ali on Chavez, Venezuela and the struggle against neoliberalism (audio)”


  1. 1 aradhanad 13 December, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    thanks for the podcasts!

  2. 2 Mike 11 January, 2008 at 3:42 am

    So I was googling “socialist podcast” and came across this one here. I thoroughly enjoy this podcast, and would like to add a suggestion. There was a debate between Richard Perle and Noam Chomsky in the late 80’s on the Ohio State university where Chomsky just kicks his *ass*. I have it on my computer but my computer’s having hardware problems :'( If you can find it, and you haven’t listened to it, I suggest you do, or maybe incorporate it into a future podcast.


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