Political Racism In Question
By Idón Moisés
02 September, 2007
Bolivia is living through a time
of political transition where the verbal masks used prolifically by
the television, radio, and press to cover up reality and, as [Uruguayan
write Eduardo] Galeano would say, lie in what they say and lie even
more in what they don't say.
We live in a country where
reality is one thing and what the media says is another, the media racism
is a close relative of political racism, and it constructs a country
where paradoxes have the perversity of showing us the world upside down.
In this context, born democrats
are those with white skin; born dictators are the ones that have dark
skin and that's why:
Democracy is when the political
minority govern; dictatorship is how the social majority govern.
Democracy is the savage market
where the only ones that are saved are those than can and those that
have the ability to; dictatorship is the search of a society of equals.
Democracy is beating Indians,
mestizos or progressive intellectuals with impunity; dictatorship is
when the Indian, or the mestizo, or the progressive intellectual does
not allow this to happen.
Democracy is the failure
of deliberative mechanisms to find the solution to a historic crisis;
dictatorship is the success of these mechanisms.
Democracy is the infamous
sell out of the nation to the transnationals; dictatorship is the recuperation
of those resources for the nation.
Democracy is being an accomplice
to the transnationals; dictatorship is to not be one.
Democracy is being an accomplice
to the corrupt judges; dictatorship is justice for all.
Democracy is protecting the
privileges of the powerful; dictatorship is not doing this.
Democracy is being the privileged
owner of the state; dictatorship is when the state belongs to the entire
Democracy is telling lies;
dictatorship is telling the truth
Democracy is the exacerbated
racism of the white; dictatorship is the diversity of colours.
Democracy is the media justification
of racial violence; dictatorship is preserving social peace.
This is because majestic
democracy sustains itself on skin colour, on the most simple, and at
the same time most grotesque and perverse, racism
This string of political
facts is not fiction, rather the reality of a country that has decided
to decolonise itself and put things in their rightful place. They are
the reverse of what is occurring today.
Bolivia is facing the task
of saving the Constituent Assembly, of saving democracy, the state of
law and the plurinational republic.
The oligarchic minorities
persist in the protection of old privileges, of old forms of impunity
and infamous domination.
Bolivia is facing the challenge
of giving to the world hope of renewing its paradigms of life.
The minorities have no other
paradigms than those that scorn life and diversity.
The indigenous peoples of
Bolivia are facing the task of being included in the Political Constitution
of the State, just that.
The same privileged ones
of always, are the same racists of always and their idea of democracy
has the colour of their skin, violence as a culture of domination; that
is the majestic paradox, it is the persistence of colonialism.
Everything that has happened
up until yesterday in Bolivia, is part of a totally planned conspiratorial
plot, we have denounced this in various previously published articles:
"The Camba Nazion" (2004), "The proposal for autonomy
and its racial nucleus" (2005), "Egalitarian and solidarity
based autonomies vs. Camba Nazion" (2007), "Sucre, the full
capital and the peak of rachitic racism" (2007) and "The full
capital and the poverty of the arguments" (2007).
Parallel to this we have
been closely monitoring the political evolution of the "Camba Nation"
since 2002, and this is an ideological and political-military nucleus
that marks out the line of action for the Pro Santa Cruz Civic Committee,
the Chamber of Farmers of the East (CAO), the Confederation of Farmers
of the East (CONFEAGRO), the National Association of Producers of Oils
(ANAPO), the Cruceñista Youth Union, the Federation of Business
Owners of Santa Cruz, the Fraternities and obviously, the citizens'
grouping, PODEMOS, whose historic roots can be found in ADN [National
Democratic Action], with recycled elements from the MNR [National Revolutionary
Movement], the MIR [Movement of the Revolutionary Left], the NFR [New
Republican Force] and other less important fractions.
Currently the Camba Nation
has control of the prefecture of the department, the Fiscal University
and all of the private universities, which it can use to arm and design
paramilitary tactics of persecution, clashes and physical offensives,
and wage a social and media psychological war (see www.nacioncamba.net)
According to what PODEMOS
senator Luis Vasquez Villamor pointed out on a state channel (20/8/2007),
"the strategists of this grouping have worked out a political strategy
of shifting the regional east vs. west conflict over the argument of
autonomy, to a new west vs. west strategy through the debate over the
To confirm what was said,
one week after the discussion on the capital began, groups of youth
from the Camba Nation (Cruceñista Youth Union) travelled to Sucre
with the aim of providing political military training to youth groups
there (the same thing that they did in Cochabamba before the fatal January
What is really infamous,
and is already an insult to intelligence, is that today, the media fills
it mouth with talk of democracy, having been the same ones who solidly
protected the neoliberal model and the governments that support it.
What is indignant also, is
that together with the rearticulation of the conservative right, we
have seen the reappearance of their same babbling spokespeople, hypocritical
media judges, tricky journalists and the accomplices to the murders
of October 2003.
With this we can confirm
the construction of a plot, which has as its political aim:
Destabilise the government
Destabilise the parliament
Ensure the failure of the constituent assembly
Protect its hard nuclei of
power (judiciary, Constitutional Tribunal, judges council, National
Electoral Court, civic committees and prefectures).
Weaken, fracture and destabilise
the democratic road, which for the Camba Nation means, the return of
the old schemes of party-based power, construct its own regional secessionist
government, and with that the return of the old neoliberal Bolivia.
To avoid this dangerous predicament,
Bolivian men and women, indigenous and non-indigenous, brilliant and
honest intellectuals, business owners committed to their country, have
the mission of carefully protecting the results we have had until now:
Nationalisation, Decolonialisation, as the basis of the New Plurinational
Chivi Vargas is part of the Presidential representation for the Constituent
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