Pro-Chavez ex-deputy Minister Temir Porras has called for a pragmatic, pro-capitalist action plan for Venezuela´s President, Nicolás Maduro. This call was distributed by email and also posted in his personal blog (temirporras.blogspot.com.es/). This has caused quite a stir, and a very harsh reaction in Venezuela´s communist blogosphere (the guys at aporrea.com are ready to burn Porras at the stake).
Photo: Temir Porras with President Nicolás Maduro
Porras was Venezuela´s Deputy Foreign Minister under Maduro. He´s smart, multilingual, from a connected Venezuelan family (his uncle is the Catholic Archbishop of Mérida). He´s an énarque, graduated from France´s prestigious École nationale d'administration. He was so well connected he got a premium seat in the truck carrying the Chavista elite at Chavez´funeral.
Photo: Porras waving fist at the crowd at Chávez funeral
However, rumor has it Porras fell in disgrace when he tried to tackle high level corruption in Maduro´s government. So it seems that by late 2013 he had lost his posts, and was dismissed from Maduro´s entourage.
Porras is scared, he realizes the Bolivarian Revolution has gone too far trying to implement a communist system using a political party (PSUV) riddled with corrupt and incompetent officials. The PSUV is so bad it looks like Mugabe´s organization on steroids. He appears pretty sick and tired of the bullshit going on in Miraflores Palace. And he realizes the protest movement isn´t about to stop.
Photograph: Venezuelans protest against Maduro in Caracas.
Protests have been continuous since early February.
So here is Temir Porras in his own words, with my running commentary provided for your enlightment:
Porras: “There is nothing less Chavista than collective leadership. One of the irrefutable legacies Commander Hugo Chávez left us is that in the complex circumstances of our revolution personal leadership is necessary, must be exercised and must be recognized.
Certainly, leadership is not decreed, and must be built, and should be consolidated to be natural and have much legitimacy, but the fact is that Chavismo needs a strong personal leadership.
And finally such leadership must be exercised (this should also be obvious highlight) by a live body. Having a historic leader and supreme source of inspiration (in heaven) is not enough; Chavismo needs someone who leads the battle day after day in this lower world, and to exercise political leadership.”
SC: Looks like he advocates that Maduro become a strongman or caudillo. He knows Maduro can´t be Chávez replacement (Chávez can´t be replaced by a leader who has inherited a ruined economy after 15 years of Chavista rule even while enjoying near record oil prices). I thought mature revolutions would be based on good ideas, and not on a supreme leaders´personality.
Porras: “Today, after 15 years of Bolivarian Revolution, we are at another historic moment which requires a flexible leadership able to navigate the boat in the storm and whose skills are such we can trust to let him maneuver at his discretion. That man is definitely Nicolas Maduro. And who can deny that pragmatism is an extremely necessary skill in the complex circumstances under which we live? What would be the role of a leader if not to print his personal vision of the political so the majority will unite around that vision?