Sometimes I wonder why politicians define as a revolution an action that should convey the opposite image, that of deviating from an orbit. A revolution, in astronomy, is a complete cycle that ends at the starting point. In politics it pretends to be a radical departure from the path.
The concept of revolution that is prevailing in Latin America is more the astronomical than the political. The Cuban revolution is now nearing its complete cycle, getting back to where they were 60 years ago, by becoming, again, a capitalist society. In Venezuela, the revolution criminally named Bolivarian by its perpetrators is also coming full circle. Among many reluctant admissions of ideological failure the regime is just starting to engage in a petroleum mini-aperture, which represents the exact opposite of what they claim is their oil policy. This mini-aperture is a pallid imitation of the one undertaken by the pre-Chavez PDVSA that resulted in significant progress in the development of the Venezuelan oil industry. The recent version is a move to allow private contractors to take over the operations of inactive wells, in order to put them back into production. The regime is desperate to increase oil production, something that has not happened during their 15 years in power due to their inept and corrupt management. By opening up to the private sector, although in a limited manner, they are simply using strategies that they had systematically denounced as unpatriotic. In a similar vein, the loans given to PDVSA by foreign oil companies are being put in escrow accounts controlled by the foreign partners, to guarantee that they are not used for different purposes by PDVSA. This is another admission of the defeat of the so-called national sovereignty that the regime had raised as their main banner.
Yes, the revolution comes full circle. That’s what revolutions are supposed to do! Even if the traveler thinks they are coming to a new place.
As T.S. Eliot said: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time”