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December 29 2007

Non-violent Humanist Revolution in Bolivia is an Inspiring Example

For the New Humanists of North America, the revolutionary process unfolding in Bolivia is an inspiring example with which we feel great affinity. It is a humanist revolution, guided by the principles of non-violence and impelled by a courageous attempt to overcome centuries of discrimination. This noble project fills us with hope. At the same time we recognize that the process is at risk, due to the unprincipled actions of a minority afraid of losing its monopoly on power.

Therefore, we offer our complete support to the legitimate, elected government of Evo Morales, as an expression of Bolivia’s genuine attempt to liberate its people and form a real democracy with progress for all.

The new Constitution, presented to the President by the duly elected Constituent Assembly, guarantees for the first time full participation and political power for the indigenous majority. This is a development that should be celebrated by all those who honor the true meaning of democracy – “government by the people, of the people, for the people”.

The Constitution has rightly been praised by the High Commission for Human Rights of the United Nations for its commitment to ensuring (as basic human rights) that all people have access to water and to adequate food. The Latin American Parliament has unanimously endorsed the Constitution. Yet, in North America the corporate media has engaged in systematic disinformation, echoing the distortions spread by the Bolivian opposition and clearly revealing their true loyalty.

The Constitution distributes power more evenly, introduces new checks and balances, imposes a two-term limit for the office of President, and provides for a recall election, for the presidency and the department prefects. But the opposition, as well as The New York Times, have called the Constitution a “grab for power” on the part of the President, an accusation that is flatly contradicted by the text of the document itself.

The Constitution includes the renunciation of war as a means of resolving international conflicts, enshrining the principles of non-violence within the country’s foundational document. It affirms a deep commitment to a new (non-violent) type of revolution and a new type of relation between nations. Like the unequivocal affirmation of human rights, as well as the attempt to restore the dignity of the Bolivian people through the methodology of active non-violence, this provision shows the humanist core of this revolutionary process.

Finally, the United States has a long history of covert and overt violent intervention in Latin America (in defense of business interests). The current U.S. administration has demonstrated both its dishonesty and its ruthlessness in defending the interests of its oligarchy through monstrous military invasions. We call on the nations of the world to denounce and bring to light any form of intervention by the U.S., which would reveal a total lack of respect for the sovereignty of Bolivia and a complete betrayal of the democratic principles on which the United States was founded.

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