[Marxism] Morales defends Bolivia changes (EXCERPTS)

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 23 10:39:05 MDT 2007

Centuries of racist diseducation, as well as the brutal repression
by preceding regimes, gave indigenous peoples, as it has given to
poor and working people everywhere, the message that they could 
not rule themselves, that they could do NOTHING without first 
obtaining the approval of the master classes and the master races.
Evo Morales and the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party had the
audacity to run in parliamentary elections, and he was elected.

Some people think this isn't kosher. They say you socialism can't
come about through elections, they say it as if it's a mantra.

While no one should say that parliamentary elections are the ONLY
PERMISSIBLE road to social change, no one should categorically
rule them out for all time and places, either. The capitalists
are all for democracy, parliamentary democracy, when THEY control
the process. But as we've seen so often recently, in Venezuela
as in the Palestinian struggle, when the people elect resistance
leaders like HAMAS, or revolutionary politicians like Hugo Chavez,
the capitalists turn AGAINST democracy. We shouldn't make it easy
for them by ourselves categorically ruling such an option out.

James P. Cannon explained this very well not so long ago:

Walter Lippmann
Disneylandia, California


Morales defends Bolivia changes
More than 18 months after being elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales
defends his record and tells the BBC's Lola Almudevar in La Paz that more
change is to come.

It's impossible to change things without encountering resistance
When we get it wrong, we get it wrong. Who doesn't get it wrong?
      --- Evo Morales

When the president talks about Bolivia's relationship with Cuba and
Venezuela, his face lights up. These are the friends, helping his country to

"Cuba has installed 11 optometry centres in Bolivia, they have operated on
more than 120,000 patients for free," he says leaning forward.

"What has Cuba asked of us; ownership of a mining centre, or partnership in
oil? No, nothing."

When asked if he is his replacing what he calls "North American imperialism"
with Venezuelan imperialism, Mr Morales retorts:

"Venezuela helps without imposing conditions. Our relationship is based on
mutual respect between governments, countries and communities."

According to Mr Morales, this is what is lacking from the US.

"Right from the start, they said this little Indian is only going to be
president for three or four months," he says.


Is the assembly in jeopardy? "I have a lot of hope for the Constituent
Assembly," Mr Morales says.

"If it fails, if it closes, it will be exactly because of the people who do
not want the rules changed, who do not want a cultural revolution, or to
lose their privileges."

Bolivia's president has been sitting next to me for 45 minutes. Speaking in
a soft voice, he has defended his record and criticised his opponents.

"When we get it wrong, we get it wrong. Who doesn't get it wrong?" he says.

"The issue is recognising our mistakes, and that is where we have a great
advantage; above all it is in our honesty."
Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/08/22 14:57:21 GMT


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