From DAVE POLLARD
How To Save The World
Evo Morales’ Manifesto: The President of Bolivia made a speech to his people last month that contained the following remarkable statement:
Let us witness the end of this age of violence against human beings and nature and let us move into a new age. An age where human beings and Mother Earth are one, and where all people live in harmony and balance with the entire cosmos… We are the Rainbow Warriors, the Warriors of right living, the rebels of the world. Here we give you ten ways to confront capitalism and start building a culture of life:
- Rebuild democracy and politics, transferring power to the poor and putting it at the service of the people
- More social and human rights, not the commodification of human needs
- Decolonize our peoples and cultures to build a communitarian socialism of well-being
- A real environmental policy to stand against the environmental colonialism of the ‘green economy’
- Sovereignty over natural resources as a prerequisite for the emancipation from neocolonial domination and a movement towards integral development of peoples
- Food sovereignty and the human right to food
- The alliance of the peoples of the south against interventionism, neo-liberalism and colonialism
- The development of knowledge and technology for all
- The construction of a global institutional union of peoples
Economic development should not have as its goal capital accumulation and profit, nor market income, but must be holistic, and seek people’s happiness and harmony with Mother Earth. This new age is one of the power of workers, of the power of ’communities’, of the solidarity of all peoples, of the communion of all living beings with Mother Earth, all working together towards building the communitarian socialism of well-being. Our vision of a communitarian socialism of well-being is based on rights and not on market forces; it is based on the fulfillment and happiness of humankind.
Idle No More: Morales’ statement above seems consistent with the mission of the Idle No More movement, started by four First Nations women to seek social and economic justice for the indigenous peoples of North America. My friend Chris Corrigan summarizes the movement’s goals. First Nations Chief Lookinghorse, in supporting the movement’s aims, writes:
This effort to protect Mother Earth is all Humanity’s responsibility, not just Aboriginal Peoples’. Every human being has had Ancestors in their lineage that understood their umbilical cord to the Earth, understanding the need to always protect and thank her. Therefore, all Humanity has to re-connect to their own Indigenous Roots of their lineage — to heal their connection and responsibility with Mother Earth and become a united voice… All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.