Jubenal Quispe, September 5, 2007
Democracy in danger! A totalitarian regime is upon us! We must defend democracy! These and many other trite slogans are recited mechanically by the feudal “lords” of the traditional political machines in
We are told that there is no democracy, when Bolivian participatory democracy is in fine health. We are told that totalitarianism is rampant, when the totalitarianism of the neoliberal minorities was routed at the ballot boxes. We are told to defend their corrupt representative democracy, when what we have to promote is our inclusive participatory democracy.
If truth be told what is endangered is the democracy that crowned
For them, democracy means being in the Government. Now, deprived of their faithful financial servants and state infirmaries for their businesses, it follows that their democracy is in danger. When the landlords are expelled from the ministries of agriculture and development, and when their democratic banquet comes to an end, they beseech the angels with mechanical chants of “Democracy yes, Dictatorship no!”
Branco, Manfred and Oscar are nervous
Branco Marinkovic is nervous because he is dogged by the harshness of the Law. Will he be able to demonstrate the legality of the 27,000 hectares of land that he holds in Guarayos? He knows that his peons in the civic committees of the “half moon”, including the workers of the
Manfred Reyes Villa is very nervous too. How will the captain be able to demonstrate, under the Law, the “legality” of his economic inheritance, valued at many millions, when the Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz Law comes into force? If García Meza and Gonzalo Sánchez had had the opportunity to overthrow Evo Morales, Manfred would have allied with his former partners. But for now he is simply clamouring desperately for the resignation of the President. They say that the anti-corruption fight is to the corrupt and immoral ones what holy water is to the peons of Lucifer.
Oscar Zurita, president of the non-existent Civic Committee of Cochabamba, suffers the same chronic paranoia. Zurita knows that the nationalization of ELFEC [Empresa de Luz y Fuerza Eléctrica de Cochabamba] is inevitable. As inevitable as his losing the 18% of the shares that are “his” in this electrical power company.
What is the Government waiting for in order to act?
The democracy of the privileged minorities collapsed with the emergence of the excluded majorities. The democratic banquet of the rich has been disrupted by the militant engagement of the hungry. The peace for the rich is threatened by the hunger for bread of the impoverished. The democracy of capital is being cleansed through the legitimate cultural and ethnic pluralism that is budding throughout the country. The “democratic” tyranny of the savage hordes of the urban civic committees has been unmasked by the active and persevering non-violent mysticism of the social and indigenous movements. The democracy of the privileged is collapsing like a house of cards while its promoters and beneficiaries are sucked into the whirlpool of existential desperation.
When they asked for autonomy in order to halt the process of the Constituent Assembly, they were given an overdose of autonomies. They demanded a two-thirds majority, which was conceded to them. Last January, they set C
What is the central government waiting for in order to exercise the monopoly of force confered on it by law? Are they waiting for the country to be divided into two, as the mayor of
Jubenal Quispe is a journalist and activist with the Tribuna Boliviana cyberforum.
Translated by Richard Fidler
 Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz was a Socialist party candidate for president of