By Sharmini Peries
SHARMINI PERIES: This is Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Caracas, Venezuela. This is Part 2 of my discussion with Edgardo Lander on the Venezuelan crisis.
Lander is a prominent left-wing academic, professor emeritus at the Central University of Venezuela, and fellow of the Transnational Institute. He did his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and he has written numerous books and research articles on democracy, the limits of industrialization and economic growth, as well as left-wing movements in Latin America.
Edgardo, you’ve come under a great deal of criticism from the left for meeting with Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed unelected president of Venezuela. They say that you have legitimized him in this self-proclamation by meeting with him. So let me ask you, Edgardo, what was going through your head while you were waiting for Mr. Guaido? Now, this man has called on the U.S. to intervene and invade your country. So why did you feel it necessary to meet with him, and what did you want to achieve?
EDGARDO LANDER: The Citizens Platform in Defense of the Constitution, of which I’m a part, has been analyzing the political situation in the country for quite some time. In this…