Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Bolivia

posted by The Vidiot @ 4:09 PM Permalink

Man, you gotta' cringe when the MSM reports on South American politics. The bias is phenomenally obvious.
BOLIVIAN President Evo Morales claims to be ruling his country on behalf of an indigenous majority whose rights have been denied for centuries by an evil "oligarchy." In fact, as a referendum in the country's largest province has demonstrated, Mr. Morales is pursuing a narrow and divisive agenda that, if continued, will split Bolivia along geographic as well as ethnic lines, and possibly trigger a civil war.

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Worse, Mr. Morales is an acolyte of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and has adopted his potted and authoritarian version of socialism -- a sure recipe for economic catastrophe in what is already one of the hemisphere's poorest countries.

For one thing, it's not 'splitting the country in half.' A very wealthy 2.5 million of 9 million are voting on the referendum, and of those 2.5 million, only 55-60 percent bothered to vote, leaving the rest probably as against or undecided. So, as it stands of the 2.5 million, only about 1.5 million voted and only 84 percent of those that voted wanted autonomy. So that means around 1.2 million or so want to be separate from Morales' Bolivia. How much do you want to bet those folks are rich as hell and don't want to share with the poor?

What exactly has ruffled the feathers of these rich folk, well, could be this:
“If we want to save the planet, we have to put an end to and eradicate the capitalist model"

Ten Commandments:

1. Put an end to the capitalist system

2. Renounce wars

3. A world without imperialism or colonialism;

4. The right to water

5. Development of clean energies

6. Respect Mother Earth

7. Treat basic services as human rights

8. Fight inequalities

9. Promote diversity of cultures and economies

10. Live well, not live better at the expense of others.

-Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
Honestly, MSM doesn't even try to hide their big business, monied bias. Anything that challenges the status quo, anything that calls into question the system of greed and profit is mocked and marginalized.

Update: Here is an example of how the system is FUBAR.
The food price crisis is caused largely by greed and speculation rather than food shortages, the head of Southern Africa's development bank said on Tuesday.
The only way MSM could spin this in favor of big government is if they say, "Well, that means we just need more government regulation."

Update: Found this article about the referendum.
A modern parallel to the weekend’s events in Santa Cruz would be a vote by the Rotary Club of Cheltenham in favour of home rule for their town and its secession – flowerbeds and all - from the European Union. Or the Shriners of Phoenix voting for Arizona to leave the US for fear of Obama and the Mexicans.

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9 Comments:

At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All too true. I'm glad you posted this, because it makes me feel better. At least I'm not the only one who sees it.

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funny thing is, once the US dollar collapses (as oil producers switch to the Euro), the "new socialism" of South America will possibly/probably become the dominant ideology of the west.

By "new socialism", I am referring to what Hugo Chavez is doing: let the market do what it can, then the government does what business can't or won't. That's hardly an "anti-capitalist" mentality.

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

Indeed. We're just waiting for 'them' to feel like they've raped and pillaged enough. Then they'll let us feast on the carcass.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

Congrats on your link from C&L{

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

aw, shucks guys, thanks!

 
At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Shade Tail said...

I would just like to mention that I cringe whenever the American MSM report on *anything*.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

Actually, i'm with you on that one.

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger randy said...

There is no "new socialism" only a slow awakening to Socialism that is going on all over the world. The people of Venezuela are ever pushing Chavez to go further as will be the case in country after country until the scourge of Capitalism is finally expunged.

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

And what a great expunging it will be!

 

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