This weekend, FARC the brand-new Colombian political party born from a 5-decade-old guerrilla army organized a meeting with little publicity in a small facility two hours away from Caracas. Their goal? To lay the foundation for FARC-Venezuela.

As we all know, FARC has a long, deep relationship with the current Venezuelan government. Exactly how vast, though, remains a mystery for experts and the DEA , but considering how Venezuela was their choice to oversee the peace treaty negotiations of the past five years, it’s safe to say they’re more than acquainted with each other.

We saw the government welcoming the ex-guerilla into “civilian life.” After all, since this FARC is completely different from that FARC, because their logo is now a flower, there’s nothing to worry about. Besides market saturation. FARC first stood for Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia. Now, it stands for Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común. In Colombia, some people call them misma loca, diferente peluca as in: same shit, different color.

The weekend event, dubbed “The First National Gathering,” was done with some privacy in Santa Cruz, a small community just outside Maracay. According to the brief statement of a local PSUV leader, it was an “exchange of ideas between the nascent Colombian political organization and the Venezuelan government party.”

Some people call them misma loca, diferente peluca as in: same shit, different color.

The official press release, posted in the website of the Colombian Communist Party, is vague about the exact nature and goals of FARC-Venezuela. It throws around broad statements, calling for “unity of common borders, to combat the paramilitary (…) and fight the economic blockade that the United States tries to impose against the homeland of Hugo Chávez.”

What’s the FARC very obviously concerned with? Public image. Because kidnappings and drug dealing don’t do well in Gallup polls. The statement highlights that:

“An element that will be given top priority is the creation of an informational structure, to answer the siege of lies from news outlets financed by the Right, equally from Colombia and from inside Venezuela.”

It’s hard to say what this collaboration means. Could be anything from a purely nominal representation to an actual political party, which seems unlikely, now that we know PSUV is struggling with small leftist parties already.

Whatever happens, don’t be surprised if you see a FARC-TV channel between the Russia Today and Telesur signals very soon. Something tells me Antena 3 won’t be there for long…

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  1. Study FARC, the new political party in Columbia. The ultimate deal with the Chavistas down the road, when they lose their grip on power will look just like the FARC deal.

        • WC—I am confused by your comment. Are you implying that the Chavistas will be a given a “leniency pass” as the FARC have through a negotiated transition? From my understanding, the FARC have zero chance of coming to power through elections. The worrying thing in Colombian electoral politics is the “watermelon” parties (environmental on the outside and socialist/communist on the inside).

  2. The problem is not really the existence of these fringe groups that threaten to destroy the entire society, waiting to happen just an election away. The real problem is the acceptance and resistance to change a deeply flawed Electoral System that never have demanded competence and professionalism from the candidates nor the voters. Therefore you get what the system is designed for, opportunistic clowns with no experience nor education mounting a populist manipulative circus to gain power and wreck havoc.

    This kind of nonsensical shit only happens in Politics since nowhere else a person with no education or relevant experience would land in a position of influence and power.

    By the way, in many Democracies, Communist or Nazi parties are banned since those are antithetical to Democratic values and institutions even purposely designed to destroy it.

    Juan Vicente Gomez had outlawed any Communist Party in Venezuela long ago for those very reasons, but after Gomez the ban was naively dropped exposing Venezuela to the fatal cancer we have fell in.

    • Banning ideas is not a solution. The open exchange of ideas is what makes good ideas rise above bad ones.

      Communism needs to be so ridiculous that even toddlers laugh it off as absurd.

      Otherwise we are just playing a waiting game until that pot spills over again.

      For bad ideas, direct sunlight is the best disinfectant.

      • I think you have to listen to Einstein. Only 2 things are infinite the universe and human stupidity and I’m not so sure about the universe.

        You over estimate people’s ability to act irrationally and to easily fall to frauds. Chavez never advocated socialisim precisely becuase of what you said, Venzuelans got socialism anyways.

        Look at the US, since the sedition act’s in the 1800’s and the propaganda and suspension of freedoms in World war II most of the time people have been at least mostly free to express ideas. There hasn’t been a massive censoring program in the USA for 70 years. What has the massive diesnfectant and openess achieved in the US??? Look at the polls and how many people advocate for “Federal” i.e central control of pensions and health and look at the national voting for president (after out good necon frieds gave many rational people a good reason too) , if it was an opinion race the USA would be on the verge of being a perfect 1 party state. Many people at best want to live in a euro welfare state in the americas/Venezuela in the 70’s. The claifornia senate election gave them the choice of Democrat A and Democrat B, with Democrat B being a Bernie style advocate.

        Th only reason the USA hasn’t become the new Argentina/Brazil or god forbid Venezuela is the many many checks the US system has, the soveingtry of the states that control the federal government centralization tendecies, the Common law courts that enforce the many freedoms from the constitution and the Federal representation of congress (the senate and the house electoral districts) giving more power to political minorities.

        I don’t agree with Toro, the oposite example is Chile and form what i’ve seen most chileans belive that they became the super rich country of latin america thanks to their vastly superior abilities compred to the rest of us. Since they never chose to allow a free economy they have a system that depended on the military and rigt leaning polititians never surrendureing too much power. But you have to try and make a system that does not allow 500 people in Washington/Santiago to make a constution for the “people” that allows you to crush anyone that advocates for free market econmy and freedom of speech in all circumstances not just when it’s convinient.

        Allow people the chance to screw up more than twice (Election 1998, 1999 referendum) before they set on a road to destroy the nation.

        • Interesting.

          I think there will be always be a risk that people will fall to frauds.
          Banning ideas doesn’t prevent that problem.

          The open exchange of ideas is what gives us a better chance for those that didn’t fall for the fraud to come out and publicly denounce it before enough of us fall victims of such.

          The US is certainly nor perfect in this regard. But the problems you describe seem to correlate precisely with the rise of political correctness and thought policing that plagues places like California.

          This is why I find it so important that, at all cost, we protect free speech.

          • Yeah, that’s why I mentioned that I don’t agree with Toro. The risk will always be there, but you can’t let 2 elections for example, a Constituional assembly election and a constitutonal referendum give 50% of the electorate the power to create laws that destroy free speech,and give people complete the ability to destroy everybody elses life.

            This what I’ve seen, you have had very succesful countries that have this Napoleonic/Bello Law Code (i.e Argentina) , based on the idea that these 500 “People” representatives can make laws however they see fit and these laws are legitimate and have supremacy above all other considerations. It’s not just me thinking that theoreticaly etc etc. At the best of times (Using the US constitution as model/ having The Liberal 19th Century etc) you get a good system that lasts 60 years (Arg 1860-1930) and they just needed to centralize power enough that the provinces had no way to defend themselves when the capital fell.

            60 good years is the best anyone has been able to do, the rest of times you get are Centralized one party populist “Federations” (Mexico, 1929-2000) or Maybe if your lucky something good for 23 years (United States of Colombia 1863-1886) that is easily replaced by a Super centralized state that controls almost every aspect of it’s citizens lives (Colombia 1886-1991)

            So just fighting for free spech and just trying by all means to keep the pro free speach mayority at 60-70% and keep the means to fight a takeover at the same time so a constituional convention cannot just destroy/starts taking freedoms is like trying to win a 100 m race by giving your oponets a 3 sec head start. I mean I guess it’s possible in very specific circumstances but I’m not sure it’s the best way to win a race.

            It just isn’t enough to fight these incredibly dificult forces to control; you have to play with home Field advanatge just like Mr Rubin does he lives in a system that favors his cause and pro freedom people like him. Although radical decentralization, and double mayority is my idea of home field advantage rather than American State Federalisim. It has fallen to restrictions of free speech as you have noted, although it did take more than 200 years so in a sense it works too.


  3. So does this mean that all the FARC who want to stay with their traditional business out of Apure, Táchira and Barinas have to get a new name? FARC Classic?

  4. I think that us guys on CC are now about 10 months ahead of the “respected world journalists” when it comes to the significance of what’s going on here.

    This is very important shit, and cheers to CC for this article. I wouldn’t know about it…or understand its implications… from other news sources.


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