Venezuelan National Radio September 11 2005
The monk Dada Maheshvarananda explained that the new form of progressive socialism promotes well-being and integration between nations, with the aim of sharing the resources of the planet for the common good.
Socialism of the 21st century, or "progressive socialism", promotes well-being and integration between nations, with the aim of sharing the resources of the planet for the common good, said American monk Dada Maheshvarananda.
During the conference Endogenous Development and Socialism of the 21st Century, held in the Hotel Rasil in Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui, Maheshvarananda said that new socialism should be composed of three economic levels.
These levels, according to his point of view, are: A small scale free market made up of private businesses; a second level of cooperatives that makes up the majority of the economy; and a third which contains some state-owned enterprises.
The peace activist and promoter of the Progressive Utilization Theory (abbreviated Prout in English) with a multidimensional focus , which advocates economic democracy of the people, visited the Eastern Venezuelan city along with Steve Phillips, an expert in the creation and administration of cooperatives.
Prout is a socioeconomic theory that favors a progressive and dynamic adjustment to the political, economic, and social environment for the better development of human potential, both spiritual and psychological.
According to its hypothesis, the resources of the world should be distributed in a progressive and efficient manner with the intent of guaranteeing the basic necessities for all human beings.
The conference was organized by the national petroleum company (Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A or PDVSA), and served a varied group of people, including people from the petroleum industry, community groups, students and cooperative activists from the State of Anzoategui.
Venezuela, in turn, is showing the lecturer a new path to improve social and economic inequality.
In this sense, Dada Maheshvarananda commented that Venezuela is the first country in the world that is aggressively and vigorously fighting to eradicate poverty, which he characterized as a positive example for the world.
Furthermore he insisted that the country demonstrates the importance of eliminating the historical gap between the rich and poor, originating from the neoliberal economic model.
"Venezuela is a model for the future. Today every country is looking to the Venezuelan experience which widely favors those most in need. It is the path to the elimination of poverty," he proclaimed.