Gabriel Hetland is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on participatory budgeting in Venezuela and Bolivia. Since November, he has been a core member of the Community Democracy Project in Oakland.
He may have been a dominant, charismatic leader, but Chavismo is an internally diverse, deeply rooted movement that will not disappear anytime soon.
Through participatory budgeting, can Occupy bring the movement for direct democracy into the heart of government power?