Thoughts on Argentina's Conjunctures :: Recuperating Work, Recovering Life (2005-2007)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

With Morales, the burdgeoning and varied left of South American traditional politics

Nuevas mayorías en América del Sur

While Morales's victory is promising for the left, and especially for Latin America's increased struggle to separate itself from the grip of neoliberal agendas, especially those of the US, one must remember that Morales's victory in Bolivia is still ensconced within the traditional state and its traditional politics and economic commitments. If the trajectories of the recent left-leaning governments of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay are any indications, neoliberal co-optation will most likely soon follow (for eg, see Argentina's recent substantial payment of part of its foriegn debt to the IMF after years of tough anti-IMF rhetoric by the Kirchner govt.). The promising difference in Bolivia is that Morales comes from the ranks of the oppressed, not from traditional labour or party politics. Let's hope this ensures a different trajectory for Bolivia's near and long-term political outlook.

That Morales is indigenous -- the first elected indigenous president of the region -- is indeed also most promising. Perhaps the Aymara, Guarani. Quechua, and other groups that have been fighting for societal change in Bolivia for years will finally get a positive response to their ongoing struggles for a new constituent assembly entrenched in the Bolivian constitution, a transformation of the Bolivian state into a looser federation of autonomous groups, and full and unfettered participation in the economic pie that has eluded them for so long.

Que todos nuestros compañeros Bolivianos tengan el máximo succeso en un nuevo futuro egalitario y comunitario!

Con afinidad,

Marcelo