Nowadays, in Bolivarian Venezuela we are living an intense debate about the theory and practice of socialism which the Communist Party of Venezuela welcomes with satisfaction and trying to contribute to it. Throughout the twentieth century, the oligarchy in power and their real masters, the U.S. monopolies, strove in vain to divert our people from the socialist road.
On March 5th 1931, the first communist cell in the country was founded in Caracas, which marks the birth of the Communist Party of Venezuela. This event takes place in the middle of one of the fiercest dictatorships known in Latin America, the one from Juan Vicente Gómez (1908 - 1935). By then, being a communist was considered treason by the Constitution and was punished with 20 years' imprisonment on the crime of "communism." There is no doubt of the courage, conviction and commitment to the revolution that those comrades who decided to found the PCV had.
The PCV has worked for 80 years of hard struggle in which its membership suffered unjust imprisonment, torture chambers, secrecy, illegality, in applying the teachings of Marxism-Leninism in our national life in order to transform it to form a society of full freedom and rights for the oppressed and exploited working people.
In the collective construction on socialist ideas, the following ideological issues have been and are important in Venezuelan society: