[Marxism] (English) Lula suggests Communist Manifesto to overcome crisis

Fred Fuentes fred.fuentes at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 20:05:10 MST 2009


THank you to Walter for these CubaNews translations of some of Lula's
statements

CubaNews translations. Edited by Walter Lippmann
http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs2320.html
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Communist Manifesto has the key, Lula holds

BRASILIA, 5 (ANSA) – Brazilian president Luis Lula da Silva said at a
meeting with businessmen and trade unionists that Karl Marx’s
Communist Manifesto provides some useful recipes to overcome the
current international crisis.

Lula quoted the text published by Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848
to maintain that a world in mid-crisis is the right framework to
embrace ideas what he describes as daring ideas.

"We must make the most of this crisis and do what we lacked the
courage to do 20 years ago", he assured, according to Agencia Estado.

"This is the moment of truth and the time to do politics, and not
precisely of appeasement: this crisis originated at the very heart of
the countries where those who used to know everything were born", he
remarked.

Speaking to Jorge Gerdau, a businessman and C.E.O. of one of Latin
America’s biggest steelworks, lashed out at the lack of production
credits.

"Gerdau, where is all the money that circulated before the crisis?
Did it vanished?", Lula da Silva inquired.

At the opening of the year’s first meeting of the Economic and Social
Development Council, made up of ministers, businessmen, trade
unionists and economists, the Brazilian president pointed out: "Not
only do we have to establish rules for financial systems and tax
havens, we also have to re-establish credit around the world, because
the economy won’t work without credits", he stressed. And to that
end, he recommended the developed countries to have the “courage” to
nationalize the banks.

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

DOP

05/03/2009 17:26

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Lula suggests Communist Manifesto to overcome crisis

Brazilian president Luiz Lula da Silva kept laying blame on the
industrialized world for the generation of the international crisis,
and suggested the adoption of some of the ideas put forward by
Marxism to get over it while urging the great businessmen to help
re-establish the credit system.

At the opening of the year’s first meeting of the Economic and Social
Development Council, made up of ministers, businessmen, trade
unionists and economists, President da Silva pointed out that the
Communist Manifesto published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in
the mid-nineteenth century provides some “useful recipes” and “daring
ideas” to stand up to the international crisis.

"This is the moment of truth and the time to do politics, and not
precisely of appeasement: this crisis originated at the very heart of
the countries where those who used to know everything were born", he
remarked, according to Agencia Estado, ANSA reported.

Lula urged to "make the most of this crisis and do what we lacked the
courage to do 20 years ago".

In that respect, he referred to the lack of credits for production
and blamed it on Jorge Gerdau, C.E.O. of one of Latin America’s
biggest steelworks.

"Gerdau, where is all the money that circulated before the crisis?
Did it vanished?", Lula da Silva inquired.

"Not only do we have to establish rules for financial systems and tax
havens, we also have to re-establish credits around the world,
because the economy won’t work without credits", he stressed.

Finally, the President held that coming up with regulations for
financial systems and tax havens is not enough to overcome the
crisis, since it is also necessary to "re-establish credit around the
world, because the economy won’t work without credits".

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.



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