Daily Archives: April 3, 2013

Meet your Bolivian public officials: current VP under disproportionate electoral campaign

Renzo Abruzzese made a wonderful analysis of the type of politicians who are ruling our public lives… from El Deber:

The vice presidential speech

Renzo AbruzzeseThe speech of the Vice President Álvaro García Linera in the Event of commemoration of the 18 years of the Instrument for the Sovereignty of Peoples [MAS, political party, currently in government], strategically held in the city of Santa Cruz, reveals the nature of the ideological precepts of that political movement, enrolled in the more classical forms of Latin American populism. Ravage the adversary with a verbosity that borders on paranoia has always been a resource extensively exploited by populist movements and, in general, by all the regimes of clear totalitarian tendencies. The identification of the ‘other’ as an incarnation of the devil and all his attributes of ethical and moral devaluation are inherent in this type of speech features. By general rule, unable to articulate a clear message, appeals to the feelings and frustrations of society. The recollection of facts out of context, the exaltation of the ‘people’ as a vague category and the appeal to radical phrases were present in the past in the fiery speeches of Mussolini, Hitler and other dictators, that history dealt by judging.

García Linera speech became more direct and radical in the Event of Santa Cruz because it is the Department that produces more fears to them. Even considering the rapid growth of the MAS [Movement Toward Socialism] in this city, is beyond doubt that the ethnocentric current Government model can hardly materialize in Santa Cruz people over the short term; in fact, the only challengers who managed to put in jeopardy the Aymara State of Evo Morales was played by the indigenous peoples of the lowlands. The political demise of the TIPNIS was the most serious blow to the regime.

A minimal effort to debug the semantics of the spirited vice presidential speech, eliminating all adjectives and redundancies could yield in a single message: If here we don’t win, the project will be spoiled. In that, García Linera has the reason. If civil society is entrenched in the democratic bastions of Santa Cruz, the Aymara State will be a failed project and certainly the ‘vice’ knows that. I wish the opposition would understand it better.

Sociologist, http://laescaramuza.blogspot.com