The center-left has made it routine to accompany the “summits” with an “other summit.” In Mar del Plata the organizer of both was the same: the Kirchner government. The supporters of Kirchner contributed their main figures and contingents to the “other summit” and the government the money and the officials of confidence in order to control its development.
But whoever pays the orchestra gets to choose the music. The “other summit,” then, did not mention the pro-IMF policies of Kirchner, Lula or Tabaré Vázquez or the military occupation of Haiti. The payment of the foreign debt, the accords with the IMF and the misery of the peoples of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay were hidden. The “other summit” was not even a political mobilization: its organizers limited themselves to organizing a series of “workshops” and a “cultural action.”
The star of the “other summit” was Chavez. In his speech he advocated “Latin American integration” the model for which is Petrosur, the “Latin American state oil company” which groups together the Venezuelan PDVSA, the Brazilian Petrobras and the Argentine Enarsa; the last two of which are fronts for international investment funds or foreign oil trusts. Enarsa is a screen for the privatization of Mar Argentina. The Alba alleges very vast pretensions but is shortsighted. The extenvisve praise Chavez heaped upon Kennedy's “Alliance for Progress” was a wink towards the Democrats of the US.
Even more notable at the “other summit” was the political subordination of the left to the political representatives of the national bourgeoisie.
The CP and the MST, in their various versions, supported o the deliberations of the “other summit” without qualms, they emphatically refused to denounce its pro-government character and even contributed their own “workshops.” All of them lined up in ordered fashion behind Messrs. D'Elia, Bonasso and the big sign with the figures of Kirchner, Chávez, Lula, Tabaré and Castro. In the days that followed, their newspapers gushed unlimited praise for the “other summit” and even for “21st century socialism,” Chavez' marketing phrase. They even went so far as to refloat the old and failed slogan of the “front of debtor countries” which they proposed in the eighties.
The integration of Latin America is, in the first place, the political integration of its exploited in a common struggle for the expulsion of imperialism and for the complete anti-capitalist reorganization of the continent. The national bourgeoisie in the continent has demonstrated, with plenty to spare, its incapacity to lead this struggle. The proletariat and the exploited of the cities and the countrysides are faced with the task of the social revolution.