[Marxism] With Evo, but...

Fred Fuentes fred.fuentes at gmail.com
Mon Jul 21 22:56:04 MDT 2008

Soliz Rada comes from the same tradition as Nestor and Patria y Pueblo
ie National Left. I must say i fundamentally disagree with this idea
of putting an equal sign between indigenismo and separatism which
takes out of the equation the question of oppressed and oppressor,
although i know Nestor will say it doesnt because that is resolved
simply through the nation-anti-nation of nation-imperialism prism,
which allows Rada to put both indigenism and separatism in the
anti-nation category.

With Evo, but...

Andrés Soliz Rada, ex-minister of Hydrocarbons in Bolivia

La Paz, 19/07/08.- If Evo Morales announces the modification of the
Movement Towards Socialism' (MAS) Constitutional project, in regards
to the recognition of the 36 indigenous nations, he will have
recovered an important percentage of the middle classes, with which he
will win without problems the upcoming recall referendum on August 10.
The previous facts won't diminish the importance of this government in
its struggle against intolerable social exclusion and the recovery of
spaces of national sovereignty with regards to natural resources.

The governmental team is split between defenders of indo-mestizos, who
back national unity, and the indigenists whom, financed by NGOs, have
handed over to the separatists of Santa Cruz the arms that they need
in order to carry out the atomisation of the country. As a
consequence, they find themselves facing historical definitions. It
will never be sufficient to insist that through and through
separatists and indigenists have the same master: The New World Order,
that is to say, imperialism.

Evo says that he loves the homeland, which is in contradiction with
fundamentalist indigenism and separatism, which are impeding the
consolidation of the national state and that have torn the social
fabric, which have exacerbated ethnic and regional antagonisms, which
have liquidated the republican institutions, instead of improving
them, which have weakened national sovereignty and have undermined the
basis of the democratic process, instead of deepening it.

The essential task of a president, in a country like ours, is to
strengthen that which unites us and marginalise that which divides us.
Something has been achieved in respect to granting, for example, a
percentage of places in the Military College to well qualified
indigenous high school graduates. What is needed now is to apply this
policy to the Diplomatic Academy, teacher training colleges and public
and private universities and all types of education centres.

Textbooks should combine the love of Bolivia, with the respect and
affection of the indigenous peoples, as well as of the legitimate
regional autonomy, identified with a Bolivian identity. This requires
the new Constitution to take into account, in a balance way, the
diversity of religious beliefs, medicinal knowledge and communitarian
justice that exists in our territory. In this way, indigenous peoples
and autonomous regions, united in an indo-mestizo alliance, will
contribute to the development of our national state, from the
perspective of Bolivarian Unity.

While avoid the fragmentation of Bolivia it is the crucial problem, it
isn't the only one. The president should put an end to the madness
that means that our international monetary reserves are lent at 2% to
the banks from the United States and Europe, while the country loans
to itself at 8%, which results in delaying national industrialisation.
The waste has reached rock bottom knowing that, due to the
depreciation of the US dollar, the country has lost, between January
and May 2008, around $300 million by loaning money to banks in whose
vaults our reserves are devaluated.

Evo's campaign would strengthen if he dismissed those responsible for
the notorious incidents of corruption, as have occurred, for example,
with the Bolivian Administrator of Highways (ABC). Finally, Evo can't
speak of "anti-imperialism" if he continues sending troops to Haiti,
where Brazilian, Argentine, Chilean, Peruvian, Uruguayan and Bolivian
soldiers, among others, do the dirty work of imperialism against the
Haitian people, who continue to face reprisals for having been, in
1804, the first nation of slaves to conquer its freedom.

Translated by Sean Seymour Jones from Bolpress

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