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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:54 AM

Evo Morales: Ten commandments against capitalism, for life and humanity

Posted on January 15, 2013

Evo Morales: Ten commandments against capitalism, for life and humanity

“Our vision of the Communitarian Socialism of Living Well is based on rights and not on the market. It is based on the full realization of human happiness of peoples and populations, through the full complementarity of the rights of peoples, persons, states and Mother Earth”

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On December 21, at a solstice celebration in Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes, Bolivian president Evo Morales introduced the “Manifesto of Isla del Sol.” His talk, translated below, includes the full text of the manifesto.

“Vivir Bien” has long been a key element in Morales’ political philosophy. The phrase literally means “living well,” but its meaning in Bolivia is closer to “living in the right way” or “living appropriately, so that others may also live.”

Thanks to Richard Fidler for the translation, which was first published, along with his introduction and commentary, on Life on the Left.




The cover shows Morales arriving at the Island of the Sun in a replica of
the reed boats that Andean peoples used for centuries on Lake Titicaca

TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR CONFRONTING CAPITALISM
AND CONSTRUCTING
A CULTURE OF LIFE

Sisters and brothers, I want to express my surprise at the size of this huge gathering that today brings together, on this Isla del Sol, sisters and brothers from Abya Yala, America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Greetings to our Vice-President of Bolivia, Álvaro García Linera; to the Vice-President of Nicaragua, Moisés Omar Halleslevens Acevedo; to the Minister of Communications and Information of Venezuela, Ernesto Villegas, and to the deputy ministers of Venezuela for Latin America and the Caribbean, Verónica Guerrero, and for North America, Claudia Salerno; to the Minister of Culture of Cuba, Rafael Bernal Alemany; to the ministers and ambassadors of Bolivia, of all of America, of Asia and of Europe.

Greetings, as well, to our leaders, men and women who are leading the social movements and organizations of the various sectors that were debating around this 21st of December and expressing some profound thoughts on political, economic, social issues and on the environment and Mother Earth. They are engaged in an ongoing debate about equality and social justice.

Today we are all reunited here, in the time of Pachakuti, in the time of change.

More:
http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/01/15/evo-morales-ten-commandments-against-capitalism-for-life-and-humanity/

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Judi Lynn Jan 2013 OP
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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:01 AM

1. #9 refers to "the empire of capital"

 

Sounds so different than "the land of the free and the home of the brave"

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:28 AM

2. He speaks well

 

From the heart and with lot of wisdom.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:02 AM

3. Be careful President Morales

Your words makes you an enemy of the Capitalist empire.
And they know every trick in the book to destroy you with, and many evil men and women that will carry it out.
But you speak the truth, and people with hearts love you.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:58 AM

4. Thanks, Judi Lynn, this is wonderful.

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