[Marxism] Cuban exile denounces Bolivian socialist presidential candidate

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 29 04:58:42 MST 2005


Capitalism has failed to improve the living standards of the
masses of people in Bolivia. Therefore, they are turning to a
socialist alternative. To the Cuban exile terrorist who has a
weekly column in the MIAMI HERALD, this decision is "suicide".

Marxmail readers have been pretty well insulated against the
Bolivian leader indiginous leader Evo Morales, whose party,
the Movement for Socialism, seems poised by all accounts to
win the presidency next months. Nevertheless, the ultra-right
is still sounding the alarm against him. Below is what they
are warning their readers against, from today's MIAMI HERALD.


Walter

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For those who don't know anything about Carlos Alberto Montaner:

Montaner the terrorist, Part 1
http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2005/agosto/mar2/31montaner.html
Montaner the terrorist, Part 2
http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2005/noviembre/vier18/48monta-i.html
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MIAMI HERALD
Posted on Tue, Nov. 29, 2005 

BOLIVIA

Failure of a nation

BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER

www.firmaspress.com

Evo Morales leads the polls in Bolivia with one third of the
electorate's favor. Morales, a leader of the coca-leaf pickers, is a
radical and a collectivist in the ideological family of Hugo Chávez
and Fidel Castro -- attributes to which he adds a dangerous ethnic
tinge that borders on racism. His triumph will add all kinds of
problems and apprehension to Bolivia's already catastrophic society.

He is followed in the polls by Jorge ''Tuto'' Quiroga, with 27
percent, and businessman Samuel Doria, with 13 percent. Both men are
prudent, pro-Western democrats who believe in the market. Their
combined votes easily surpass Morales'. Since there is no runoff and
Doria is not expected to drop out, it's likely that Morales will win
the Dec. 18 election and plunge the country into chaos.

Why is the nation committing political suicide? The answer came,
indirectly, from data provided by Myles Frechette, former U.S.
ambassador to Colombia: The Bolivian republic has systematically
failed in something as essential as improving the living conditions
of the majority.

Persistent poverty

Bolivia is South America's most stubbornly poor country. In the past
half-century, Brazil has grown 350 percent; Chile, 200 percent; and
Argentina, 75 percent. In turn, Bolivia has grown barely 1 percent.
The Bolivians who will now cast their votes live in as abject a
poverty as their parents did in 1980 or their grandparents in 1950.
The amount of wealth they can create, per capita, is the same today
as it was before the mythical revolution led in 1952 by Victor Paz
Estenssoro.

The most obvious explanation points to the failure of the leading
class. Considering the relatively small population (fewer than 9
million) with a literacy rate of more than 80 percent, the
responsibility for this disaster inevitably falls upon the ruling
elite. The politicians, primarily, were incapable of creating a
social and judicial system where enterprises could proliferate, the
educational system could improve and various ethnic groups could
integrate with a greater degree of harmony.

The consequences of this election, if Morales wins, will rattle all
of South America. Bolivia is the world's third-largest producer of
coca, with almost 75,000 acres devoted to that accursed crop. The top
producers are Colombia and Peru. With coca friendly Morales leading,
Bolivia will soon head the list. That must worry Brazil, because it
is the first destination of that Bolivian drug.

Violent outcome

However, as dangerous as the drug is a potential war against Chile.
With allies such as Cuba and Venezuela, two brawler states, it is
likely that Bolivia will try to recover, manu militari, the territory
it lost to Chile during the War of the Pacific, 1879-1883.

The sum of all these tensions could make Bolivia so ungovernable as
to provoke a violent outcome. Nor is it impossible to conceive a
scenario where Argentina from the south and Brazil from the east are
forced to send troops to pacify their neighbor in the face of growing
breakdown and anarchy.

You can't govern so poorly for so long -- practically since the
founding of the nation in 1825 -- and not expect that a definitive
catastrophe won't eventually occur.

©2005 Firmas Press






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