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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Moving to the left

Eva Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, explains why his country will continue to cultivate coca:

"You have to realise that, for us, the coca leaf is not cocaine and as such growing coca is not narco-trafficking. Neither is chewing coca nor making products from it that are separate from narcotics. The coca leaf has had an important role to play in our culture for thousands of years. It is used in many rituals. If, for example, you want to ask someone to marry you, you carry a coca leaf to them. It plays an important role in many aspects of life."

Read a fascinating interview with the new leader about British imperialism, US attempts to smear him and plans for his impoverished nation. It's worth remembering that, "in the 182 years since it was granted independence from Spain, this chaotic and crippled country has welcomed and waved goodbye to more than 190 failed governments."

In related news, Costa Rica is also turning away from the US orbit.


Blogger psydoc said...

It just so happens that cultivation of coca plays an important role in many aspects of life that include, but not limited to, significant government revenue, the proliferation of organised crime and the injuring of a largely western market. Why should they care?

Yet another immoral leftist leader.

Thursday, February 09, 2006 6:48:00 pm  
Blogger Progressive Atheist said...

Yet another moral leftist leader.

Thursday, February 09, 2006 7:27:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

He's a Libertarian.

Thursday, February 09, 2006 7:49:00 pm  
Blogger nick_yzf said...

"....injuring of a largely western market" What does that mean? As Morales was saying coca leaf is an important and traditional plant for Bolivians. It also allows the peasants of Bolivia to get a somewhat decent return for their labour and plots of land. About the only real capitalist market left is the drugs market, the others having been replaced by monopoly capitalism (or state capitalism/corporate welfare if you will).
Don't worry though Evo heads the Movement Towards Socialism so the filthy capitalist drugs market will eventually be swept away psydoc.

Thursday, February 09, 2006 9:25:00 pm  
Blogger paul said...

Yes, cultivating coca doesn't necessarily lead to Hollywood producing The MotorCycle Diaries- toot had nothing to do with it.

If the supply of dumb dust dried up overnight due to an embargo by the Marxists in Venezuela, there'd be no reaction in tinseltown.

In following news, the Palestinian question is admitted to be a publicity stunt by Pepsi to break the Coca Cola Stranglehold on th West Bank.

Friday, February 10, 2006 12:21:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...


You really are a little blinkered aren't you? Obviously you are intelligent, yet now and then, you make statements based on such ignorance.

And givent eh rape and pillaging of latin aemrica by the, arent you a little embarassed by this question "Why should they care?"

Friday, February 10, 2006 2:38:00 am  
Blogger James Waterton said...

He's a libertarian? Do you actually know what a libertarian believes1?

Hint : they aren't much into socialist aims. They are violently against nationalisation (theft) of private assets. They don't believe in coerced redistribution. They won't say things like "The worst enemy of humanity is capitalism. That is what provokes uprisings like our own, a rebellion against a system, against a neoliberal model, which is the representation of a savage capitalism."

Libertarian indeed. What a laugh.

Saturday, February 11, 2006 12:39:00 am  
Blogger orang said...

It was supposed to be, a laugh. Initially you didn't get it.

Saturday, February 11, 2006 7:23:00 am  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Initially I didn't. And I still don't.

Saturday, February 11, 2006 1:44:00 pm  
Blogger HisHineness said...

"It was supposed to be, a laugh. Initially you didn't get it."

Probably because it didn't make any sense. If it was a joke, you might wanna get some new material.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 10:45:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

It's a tough audience.

Monday, February 13, 2006 9:26:00 pm  

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