A Criticism of corporatism

Mario Ronald Duran Chuquimia, Argenpress, Oct 7, 2006

The mining conflict in Huanuni comes as a result of a grave problem of the Morales administration - the positions taken by the social movements. In the middle of the explosion of dynamite, the firing of bullets, the dead and the injured, the Minister for Mining Walter Villaroel announced his resignation from the position, then minutes later declared in front of the media that he would remain in the position, causing frustration within the Bolivian population.

The decision was taken after a meeting in the headquarters of the National Federation of Cooperative Miners of Bolivia (FENCOMIN), where in front of the media he indicated that although the naming of authorities depended on president Morales, the ministerial mandate depended on the cooperative miners, given that Villaroel had been named by a congress of this sector, making it understood that this state portfolio belonged to this social movement.

The context of the Huanuni conflict, according to the denunciations of the historic Trade Union Federation of Mining Workers of Bolivia (FSTMB), originated due to certain governmental favoritism towards the cooperative sector, a sector which, via the power obtained from the transnational Allied Deals, assumed that the administration of the Huanuni mine corresponded to them, despite the fact that the law impedes the privatization of state mines.

In synthesis, the central problem of the Evo Morales management is that the leadership of the social movements, converted into the heads of ministries, offer preferences to satisfy the demands of their sector before giving solutions to the problems faced by society as a whole, reproducing attitudes that spring from the most basic acceptance of the social movements - who are organized groups of people in search of satisfying certain demands - whereby to achieve certain aims in front of the authorities they exercise various means of pressure.

Therefore the current self-denominated government of the democratic and cultural revolution needs to initiate a cyclical of self criticism demonstrating its errors, analyzing its defects, deepening the positive in order to put back on track the course of its government, change the ministerial cabinet and not be guided by the pressures of the corporatism of the social movements, rather by a wide sentiment for the homeland, enabling a governmental management that has as its central axis the three principals of the Chinese conception of development: “to improve the lives of the people, to increase productivity and to give potential to the country”.

Translated from Argenpress

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