Socialist Alliance letter to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela following the International Meeting of Left Parties, November 19-21, 2009 Caracas

Socialist Alliance letter to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela following the International Meeting of Left Parties, November 19-21, 2009 Caracas

December 3, 2009

Dear comrades,

On behalf of the Socialist Alliance, we would like to send warm, socialist greetings to the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, thanking you once again for the invitation to participate in the International Meeting of Left Parties held in Caracas, November 19-21, 2009.

The outcomes of this event are already having an important impact on the world, particularly among left and progressive forces, and we a grateful that we could be part of it and contribute to its success in our own modest way.

Similarly, we believe that the PSUV’s Extraordinary Congress, which began on November 21, is of great significance, not just for revolutionary forces in Venezuela, but for the left internationally. We hope to follow the proceedings of the Congress, particularly through the reports and articles that our members Kiraz Janicke and Federico Fuentes will be sending us from Venezuela, where they are currently based.

Both of these events come at a time where the international left is beginning to come out of a period of crisis under the devastating impact that neoliberalism has had on the working class internationally. The clearest example of the advance of left and revolutionary forces is in Latin America. The revolutionary processes underway in Venezuela and Bolivia, together with Cuba’s enduring struggle for more than 50 years, today represents the forefront of the fight for a better world.

We also understand that left today is confronted with the greatest crisis that capitalism has ever seen; a crisis which goes far beyond a simple financial crisis. The economic crisis, the environmental crisis, the food crisis, the energy and natural resources crisis represent in their totality a structural crisis of the capitalist system itself.

More than ever, the response of the left must be global and must be for the replacement of this system, which threatens to plunge the world into barbarism. The only other alternative today is socialism, which must be built internationally.

For this reason, we greatly welcome the outcomes of the International Meeting of Left Parties which your party convoked, and reaffirm our support for the final declaration.

We also convey our support for the call for a Fifth International, and our willingness to participate in whatever way possible to ensure its success. The unity of left and revolutionary forces is vital if we are serious about replacing capitalism.

We believe that all those struggling for socialism need to coordinate our efforts, and the proposal for a Fifth Socialist International goes clearly in that direction. In this respect, we believe that there are many other left forces in the Asia and Oceania region that would be willing to join efforts in the construction of such an International.

Finally, we reiterate our thanks for the invitation to participate in this historic event and wish you all the best for your Extraordinary Congress.

In solidarity and struggle,

Margarita Windisch, Bea Bleile and Dick Nichols

National Conveners

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