[Marxism] Class divisions in Bolivia

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 26 22:00:55 MST 2006


The movement toward Latin American integration has its ups and downs.
Some favor it, some oppose it. Often there's a social and economic
class connection between those on opposite sides of the debate.
Clearly, as we see in this NY Times report, it's the privileged,
wealthy and probably whiter sections of Bolivian society who are
calling for "autonomy" as a form of opposition to Evo Morales.

Morales's hand has been strengthened by his government's augmented
control of the country's natural gas, to the tune of $500 million.
The economic uptick which is being experienced now in Bolivia has
provided a useful cushion as well for the Movement Toward Socialism.

Cuba's not mentioned, but one can only assume that the doctors who
think medical care should be available on a fee-for-service basis,
instead of as a simple human right, must be freaking out as well:

CUBAN DOCTORS TREAT NEARLY THREE MILLION BOLIVIANS
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/message/59223

Here's a case-study of how the capitalist-oriented doctors react
when the Cuban doctors come to town, in the case of Honduras:
http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs070.html

This is the environment in which a Cuban exile militant working to
sabotage the Cuban medical aid program by helping doctors to defect,
was arrested recently. Bolivia's government has announced plans to
deport this man to Cuba for violating his Bolivian immigration status.
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/americas/16317789.htm)








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