How the darkness came to Bolivia

Hugo Marcelo Balderrama

A few days ago I visited my first weightlifting coach. Apart from remembering golden times in our beloved sport, the tragic situation in Bolivia was one of the topics we discussed. For a couple of old people (my teacher is in his sixties and I am in my forties) it is tragic to see how our country, therefore, part of our lives, has fallen into a destructive maelstrom.

It is more than obvious that young people will one day ask the question, what happened?

It is a complex question. So let’s go by parts.

There, at the end of the 1990s, the Bolivian press and many university professors began to offer a change. Obviously, many were seduced by such a beautiful offer. But very few questioned that exchange rate.

The change that fitted us was the replacement of politics by organized crime. All this with dramatic consequences for the Bolivian population. For example, in the Security and Police Index, Bolivia ranks 114th out of 127 countries in the region, which leaves us as one of the most dangerous places in the world.

They also told us that there was a lot of wealth concentrated in few hands, that it was necessary to redistribute it. So, starting in 2006, the national government began to attack oil companies, and since 2013 it had the arbitrary use of private savings that were protected in the national financial system. Today our economy requires large doses of private capital, but nobody is willing to invest here. Not to mention the risk of default.

Likewise, they accused our constitution of being very “right-wing”, very “neoliberal” and not very “inclusive”. We were persuaded to change it to a “plurinational” and “inclusive” one. However, it was only a pretext for the dictatorship to screw itself into power. In addition, the new plurinational constitution violates the human right to equality in dignity and rights, granting more rights and power to groups that they justify as indigenous and others.

Our security institutions (Police and Armed Forces) were forced to abandon their role as protectors of the homeland, the constitution and citizenship. They corrupted them to such an extent that they are now part of a huge drug trafficking network. They no longer protect the country, but are the guardians of the dictatorship and part of organized crime.

The military of honor – those who protected the country from Castroism in the 70s – are subjected to all kinds of persecution and humiliation, for example, General Gary Prado Salmon.

Not even our rich Hispanic and Catholic tradition should remain standing. We had to “decolonize” with the utmost urgency. For that, nothing better than copying the Guevarist idea of ​​building the “new man” from the State.

Today, according to the UNESCO Third study, Bolivia occupies one of the last places in the region in terms of educational performance. In fact, more than half of Bolivian students do not have the necessary skills required for boys their age.

Now many “repentant” appear to tell us that this is not “true” socialism, that in Bolivia we live under a “populist” regime. But the truth is otherwise. The moral, political, legal and economic crisis in the country is the product of the application of the socialist recipe, neither more nor less.

We lost our freedom because many allowed themselves to be guided by slogans. They were the useful idiots of the Sao Paulo Forum.

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