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bitchkitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-10 07:58 AM
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30. Interesting article on the history of Venezuela's student movement,
and what has happened to change it:

Ruiz describes the average Venezuelan university student of the late 1990s as being strongly influenced by the dominant culture and as possessing serious intentions of appearing like a student in any cheap US sit-com.

According to Ruiz, the student organizations in this period and the few years subsequent to the election of Chavez in 1998 were dominated by a pseudo-left and generally characterized by inefficient and bureaucratic management, which he argues, alienated students and paved the way for the rightwing to regain control of these spaces.


The other key factor, which explains why the traditional universities have become a bastion of the ultra-right wing in Venezuela, is the rise of the Bolivarian forces within the institutions of government and state, closing off many of these spaces which were previously occupied by the right, forcing them to retreat into the universities. As a consequence, there has been a general shift in the ideological and political debate within the universities to the right.


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