Our Own Path to Socialism

Selected speeches of Hugo Chávez

Vijay Prashad, Hugo Chavez

Edited by Carlos Ron, Manolo De Los Santos, Vijay Prashad

Foreword by Jorge Arreaza


LeftWord Books, New Delhi, 2023

Language: English

137 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

Price INR 225.00
Book Club Price INR 157.00

“Chávez. That was their cry. Chávez. It was enough.”

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Hugo Chávez’s speeches are a call to action, challenging us to take up the task of building a socialism that emerges from our own histories and is for our own people. The Bolivarian Revolution bravely put forth a path to liberation for Venezuela and the continent, declaring socialism as the only way of defeating capitalism and imperialism. And the socialism Chávez proposes finds its roots in the legacy of Venezuelan and South American struggles for independence from imperialism. From Simón Bolívar, to revolutionary Cuba, to Indigenous leaders who knew their vengeance would come centuries later, Chávez weaves history and theory to present a socialism that emerges from the people – a heroic creation of its own.

Chávez left behind thousands of hours of speeches, and this book collects seven of them, presenting his theories, perspectives, and his visions of 21st century socialism. An almost encyclopedic blend of songs, stories, and dreams of the Venezuelan people, his words are a tool for young people seeking to understand the ideas of Chavismo and the Venezuelan process of building socialism in Latin America.

Carlos Ron

Carlos Ron is the President of the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity Among Peoples, and serves as the Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs for North America.

Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) was President of Venezuela and leader of the Bolivarian Revolution. He nationalized key industries, used oil revenues for social programs for the poor, and passed important reforms in the fields of health, housing, and education.

Jorge Arreaza

Jorge Arreaza is the Minister of Popular Power (and Vice President of the PSUV VP) for Communes and Social Movements. He served as Vice President of Venezuela from 2013 to 2016, and as Foreign Minister from 2017-2021.

Manolo De Los Santos

Manolo De Los Santos is the co-executive director of the People’s Forum and is a researcher at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He co-edited, most recently, Viviremos: Venezuela vs. Hybrid War (LeftWord Books/1804 Books, 2020) and Comrade of the Revolution: Selected Speeches of Fidel Castro (LeftWord Books/1804 Books, 2021). He is a co-coordinator of the People’s Summit for Democracy.

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of forty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter, and editor at LeftWord Books. He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017). Previously, he was the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and a professor of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, from 1996 to 2017.