Venezuela Communes

Dario Azzellini tells Theresa Alt about communes in Venezuela.

Chavez from 1999 to 2013 was open to local self-government. It starts with communal councils of 10 to 250 households, neighborhood assemblies that directly plan projects that the neighborhood needs. 30-40 communal councils join in a commune that can initiate larger projects, even worker cooperatives. Formerly government financing could be available for council or commune projects. There are 47,000 communal councils and 1700 communes, some functioning well, some not. Recorded November 5, 2021.