As Venezuela’s economy fails, the Chavista governments have resorted to increasingly crude measures to retain power. And yet no word has featured more in the rhetoric of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution than democracy. A look at Venezuela’s efforts to realise the old socialist ideal of the commune.
‘A few days after the general election was called a group of volunteers gathered under lowering skies, raindrops speckling the windows, in a small room in a community centre by a scruffy field in north Lowestoft.’ Some reflections on the General Election campaign fought in Waveney earlier this summer.
Jeremy Corbyn’s serene countenance during the election campaign drew frequent parallels with that of a Buddhist monk, Corbyn himself at one point referring to his efforts to attune himself to a Zen mindframe. But when watching Corbyn deliver his speech at Glastonbury last week, it occurred to me that a comparison with another spiritual archetype might be more appropriate.
A review of Owen Hopkins’s Lost Futures, a survey of 35 projects from across Britain, including housing estates, schools, libraries, factories, restaurants and power stations built from the 1950s to the 1970s, inspired by the remarkable resurgence of interest over the past decade in Britain’s post-war architectural heritage, a reassessment – after years of ridicule and neglect – driven by a chronic and worsening housing crisis.