We all know or should know, that through the ages, the imperialist powers were no more than bullies. They took what they wanted in the form of riches, resources and territory, from those they could plunder and pillage, and who were in no position to resit the might and corruption of the empire bullies.
Today nothing has changed except the name of the imperialist power, today the biggest bully on the planet is the U$A. Its power may be slipping on the world stage, but it can still throw its weight around and plunder its less powerful neighbours. Its latest pillaging expedition was in the form of a coup in its backyard in Bolivia. It so happens that Bolivia has one of the world's largest deposits of that rare mineral Lithium. Its government was developing the lithium and useing it to enrich the country and improve the lives of its citizens, keeping the big dollar boys out of the loop. With U$A trying to capture the electric car market and its need for a cheap supply of that mineral to do so, it then decided to overthrow the elected government of Bolivia, and install a puppet regime that would allow the dollar to develop the lithium to the benefit of the Elon Musk and other corporate bandit residents of the U$A. They feel so powerful and exceptional that they don't even try to conceal the fact that they engineered a coup to plunder the lithium.
A quote from Elon Musk: "We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.”
The following is an extract from Struggle La Lucha:
Elon Musk with Vice President Mike Pence on May 27, 2020. Photo: WikiCommons
On July 24, 2020, Tesla’s Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that a second US “government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people.” Someone responded to Musk soon after, “You know what wasn’t in the best interest of people? The US government organizing a coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia so you could obtain the lithium there.” Musk then wrote: “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it.”
Musk refers here to the coup against President Evo Morales Ayma, who was removed illegally from his office in November 2019. Morales had just won an election for a term that was to have begun in January 2020. Even if there was a challenge against that election, Morales’ term should rightfully have continued through November and December of 2019. Instead, the Bolivian military, at the behest of Bolivia’s far right and the United States government, threatened Morales; Morales went into exile in Mexico and is now in Argentina.
At that time, the “evidence” of fraud was offered by the far right and by a “preliminary report” by the Organization of American States; only after Morales was removed from office was there grudging acknowledgment by the liberal media that there was in fact no evidence of fraud. It was too late for Bolivia, which has been condemned to a dangerous government that has suspended democracy in the country.
Over his 14 years in office, Morales fought to use the wealth of Bolivia for the Bolivian people, who saw—after centuries of oppression—remarkable advances in their basic needs. Literacy rates rose and hunger rates dropped. The use of Bolivia’s wealth to advance the interests of the people rather than North American multinational corporations was an abomination to the US embassy in La Paz, which had egged on the worst elements of the military and the far right to overthrow the government. This is just what happened in November 2019.-----
This is capitalism, this is the rule of wealth and power over the lives of the many by the few. This is the system that condemns millions to deprivation and homelessness. The system of raw power over elected governments, that perpetuates wars for resources and power, this is the cancer that eats at the heart of humanity, destroys justice and crushes freedom.
For humanity to blossom, freedom to grow and justice to prevail, the cancer that is capitalism must be destroyed, root and branch.