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IW 05

Bolivia

National unity or nationalization?

 

¨EXPECTANT¨ REVOLUTIONARIES OR AN EVO MORALES IN THE WHITE HO

Lambertism (a “Trotskyist” current based in Paris) has decided to export to Bolivia its violently reactionary and pro-imperialist positions that characterize it in its native country, where it heads a denominated “committee for the reconquest of democracy” which defends a “unified, indivisible and sovereign” France. Such slogans, of course, do not bother right-wing folks who, for this reason, have joined their “committee”.

This is absolute degeneration: a current calling itself “Trotskyist” and whcih defends the intangibility of bourgeois States and national borders (and not of any State, but of an imperialist one).

The rebellion of the youth of the suburbs of Paris served to reveal the reactionary character of the “committee...” and of lambertism: in place of defending through their actions the youths repressed by the police, and of putting forward the fall of the repressors, it demanded, of Chirac!, together with a legion of bourgeois mayors, the convening of a Constituent Assembly... to defend the 'unity and sovereignty” of France! (see “Communiqué of the permanent Bureau of the National Committee for the reconquest of democracy”, in Informations Ouvrieres, 10 November). Well, now they are trying to sell in the Altiplano this merchandise is such an advanced stage of decomposition.

To this end, the magazine La Verité (in its English edition) published a long article by Jean-Pierre Raffi whichsays that in Bolivia “the very existence of the nation is threatened”, which lends value to the slogans of “sovereignty” and “democracy”.

Bolivia runs the risk of its disintegration as a nation. Against this, Raffi recommends “that the organizations representing the workers join together and launch without delay the call for a Constituent Assembly capable of forming a government of national emergency to implement a program to assure the unity and the sovereignty of Bolivia.” None of this is necessary: the Constituent has already been convened by Rodriguez and has been confirmed by Morales.

To what end? To sanction a political accord with the bourgeoisie of Santa Cruz and to assure in this way “national unity.”

The slogan to save Bolivia is not democracy, but rather the nationalization without payment of the hydrocarbon reserves and their being put into operation under the control of the workers and civil war against the exploiters of Santa Cruz.