Daily Archives: June 22, 2013

Bolivia experiences restrictions on freedom of expression, thanks to current central gov!

Armando Mendez Morales writes for Pagina Siete:

Restrictions on freedom of expression

Armando MendezAt the heart of the Government of the MAS, there is a dangerous political current based on an archaic ideological vision, even China some time ago and more recently Cuba discarded it. This current, imposed, would do great harm to the future economic development of the country. The unfortunate thing is that this people is preparing the drafts of new laws which stands, with crystal clarity, a State intention to exercise controls over the private organizations that has no incumbency over them and, thus, are prejudicial to freedom of enterprise.

Since the Ministry of Justice has prepared a draft of the law on the legal profession, which explicitly considers the political interference, the bar said to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, in a meeting with this authority: “that the Ministry of Justice register, monitor the professional practice and designates the National Honor Court, the risk is that the free exercise of the profession is under control of the ruling party.

In regards to the financial services Bill, there are several restrictions against mutual housing coops who will move to be Finance Housing Entities (EFV). Among others, the mandatory creation of an “Election Committee” operation to be regulated by the ASFI; with requirements of a specific quorum for the realization of special meetings that make unviable its realization; the number of votes for decision-making in the assemblies; the prohibition to members to delegate vote; the period of duration of the directors and the prohibition of re-election.

In a general manner, they want to impose on financial institutions that the election, either directors or directors of administration, be subject to rules issued by the ASFI, in terms of the duration of its mandate and to renew them in a “cyclical” and partial time, not accepting if the owners of a company deems, they could keep them indefinitely. Again it is unknown that in private business is valuable knowledge and experience of the people at the time to occupy positions of responsibility. One has the impression that it wants to regulate banks as if it were the Central Bank of Bolivia. The latter is not an entity to do business, but is an eminently political entity precisely responsible for monetary policy. Any public entity principle is bureaucratic, not encouraged for profit, and democracy is good to rotate the posts of political control.

China, three decades ago, and Cuba, today, are two tangible examples which have recognised that societies that respect and promote private ownership and the market economy have a future. Today in China has developed a broad class average who dresses well. Since Deng Tsiao Ping stated “being rich is not bad”, the Chinese launched the opening of their own businesses, attracted the investment of foreign capital and imposed the rules of the free-market economy. In year 2004, was introduced the constitutional reform to guarantee the right to private property. There is no confiscation, nationalization or nationalizations in that great country, the new locomotive of the world economy.

Cuba, after a complete failure of full State interventionism in its economy, is restarting the exercise of economic freedom, is encouraging workers on their own, private property is being recognized, bank credit is being promoted and is being delivered the land to the peasants.

It is timely to remember what a prominent Marxist thinker by the name of Nguyen Phuoc Tuong, 77 years of age, a scholar of Marxism and former advisor of two Prime Ministers in Viet Nam, says: “our system is the totalitarian rule of a party”, it is not surprising, because it is the reality in all countries where it wanted to impose the diffuse socialism. The remarkable thing is that it has sentenced: “Marx is a great thinker, but if we had never had Marx, it would have been even better”.

Armando Méndez is a member of the Bolivian Academy of Economic Sciences.


I say, if only those voters would be able not only to read Armando’s analysis but to understand it…?! How unfortunate we are, the Bolivians who read and learn… when we see democracy has a setback, votes count per person and usually the illiterate majority or the biased ones are the responsible parties to appoint specimens like the ones who rule now in Bolivia… It is therefore our priority to show those population the real government results, that their demagogue will hurt us over the long-run.