From the Ashes: Why Progressives Should Rejoice in Venezuela

Sam Perkins

At first glance, last weekend’s demolition of the parliamentary United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is a victory for conservatives and reactionaries fighting Hugo Chavez’s revolutionary legacy. Painting this election as an ideological struggle between left and right does, however, risk painting over a million complexities with the same broad brush. Progressives care about changing existing structures to prevent them from further harming the people at the bottom. And that is why progressives, as well as conservatives, should be pleased with the devastating electoral toll being taken on PSUV.