[Marxism] Morales's first post-election TV interview withtheforeignpress

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Dec 22 06:24:10 MST 2005

I appreciated the moderate tone of Jorge Martin's remarks. Though his
current announced its support for Morales's election to Bolivia's 
presidency, it did so with the deepest of political misgivings, in 
a "rope supporting the hanging candidate" kind of posture.

And though I wasn't asked, one has to wonder why is it so many
foreign leftist observers seem to be seeking out, FROM THE VERY FIRST
MOMENTS, some kind of split between the first indiginous elected
president in the history of the continent and the electorate which
voted to give him that post under one week ago. This is the very kind
of ultamatistic posturing which reflects a perfectionistic approach
at odds with political reality.

There is a political process unfolding in Bolivia today, just as
there was in Cuba in 1959, and as there is in Venezuela today. Each
nation must go through its own process as the masses of people there
learn to take up the reins of power themselves. There's nothing wrong
with, nor do any of us writing on these e-mail lists have any
influence, that I'm aware of, in Bolivia today. Our job is to look,
to listen, to read, to try to grasp, and to solidarize with the
struggles in that country.

This deep obsession with such formal terms as "nationalization" and
"confiscation" is a perfectionistic way to stand aside as critics not
getting their hands dirty. In Cuba the call for and the plan to offer
compensation to the nationalized properties was a key plank in the
Revolutionary government's program. It was used to educate the Cuban
people about the role the private and foreign-owned companies had
operated. Offering compensation, based on the value these companies
had declared for income tax purposes under the previous Batista
regime helped show the Cuban public how their country had been ripped
off by the foreign owners. Morales's election, like that of Chavez in
1998, was but the first step in what's likely to be a very complex
process for which universally applicable formulas based on general,
abstract understandings are simply not functional. 

Today in Cuba, nearly 47 years after the triumph, there's a battle of 
ideas going on as the revolutionary leadership today, still, works 
persistently to try to explain the justice of Cuba's cause to the 
public here. A revolution is a PROCESS, a continuous, uninterrupted
and permanent process. You pick your word. It's not simply a moment
in time called "the insurrection", "nationalization", or whatever.

Walter Lippmann

I went to one of the sources, http://www.bolpress.com 
the first one you listed.

There is an intersting first page article about Morales 
moving toward nationalization of hydrocarbons but without 
"confiscación"...does this mean he is going to work out a 
deal as many suspected? The setiment of the masses in the 
summer was quite clear: expropriation without compensation. 
Does this set up a conflict between Morales and the popular 
workers organizations already? What is your take on this?


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