Latin America is rebelling against America's neoliberalism
The mainstream media largely ignored the collapse of the center-left over the past decade. The ideology of "progressive on social issues, while being almost indistinguishable from the right-wing on economic issues" had died in 2008, but its zombie corpse lives on because the ruling class requires it.
Western democracy has been crumbling from within for a long time.
The people are fed up.
The people we’ve tasked with running the world have, for the most part, turned out to be corrupt. Did they really think that citizens wouldn’t notice?
The ruling elite pretended that nothing had changed, because you can't talk about a global movement against rising inequality without talking about class. Instead, the embarrassing victories of right-wing demagogues were treated as inexplicable failures of average voters, rather than reactions to the greed and failures of the ruling elite.
In the rare case when the media notices the widespread revolt, neoliberalism and U.S. policies never get mentioned.
But ignoring a movement doesn't make it go away, and now it's growing into a full-scale, working-class revolution on a global scale.
Not only that, this revolution has a distinct anti-U.S. flavor and that explains why we don't hear much about it.
This was what happened when Nancy Pelosi met some prominent Haitian Americans.
A meeting in Miami between U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and some of South Florida’s most prominent Haitian Americans ended Thursday with a message for the Democratic leader to take back to Washington: The U.S. needs to stop meddling in Haiti’s internal affairs — and Haiti President Jovenel Moïse needs to go.
— Haiti Information Project (@HaitiInfoProj) September 27, 2019
Ranking right up there with Haiti is Ecuador, where Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, and the rest of the government has fled the capital of Quito to the coastal city of Guayaquil.
A good example of who is in charge is this.
Indigenous leaders in Ecuador captured and publicly paraded eight police officers before a crowd on Thursday, pushing back against a tough government crackdown on anti-austerity protests that have shaken President Lenin Moreno’s administration.
In an escalation of week-long demonstrations over Moreno’s ending of fuel subsidies and loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), protesters detained the officers at a cultural center in Quito being used as an opposition base, Reuters witnesses said.
The eight officers were forced on stage in front of thousands of people.
Parading captured police is the next to last stage of a revolution.
The country is paralyzed by a nationwide strike.
“What the government has done is reward the big banks, the capitalists, and punish poor Ecuadorians,” said Mesías Tatamuez, head of the Workers’ United Front umbrella union.
The IMF agreement requires the government to make sweeping cuts the federal budget – equivalent to about 6 percent of GDP over the next three years.
Argentina will have an election in just a few weeks, where they are expected to vote out the IMF-loving neoliberal president and install a leftist president in his place.
When President Mauricio Macri, heir to one of the country’s largest fortunes, came to power in late 2015, he vowed to eradicate the oppressive poverty that draws “slum priests” like Padre Paco to the villas miseria (misery towns). Instead, the number below the poverty line has swelled by four million under Macri — more than a third of Argentina’s population of 44 million now live in the kind of poverty seen in Barrio Eva Perón.
But the people aren't waiting around for the election.
The Hondurans have been fighting back against the U.S.-backed coup for a decade, so far in vain.
Grassroots resistance in Honduras has flared at each new step toward authoritarianism and the private takeover of public goods. Hondurans have survived a coup regime perpetuated through electoral fraud and exclusion, as well as some of the world’s most extreme experiments in neoliberalism, like the introduction of “Special Economic Zones” that exempt investment areas from legal protections against corporate plunder. The country suffers savage forms of extractivism that take water, land, and territory and assassinate defenders...
“We’re not just talking about the privatization of health and education, we’re talking about the fact that the Honduran people have seen just about all basic services privatized: They’ve privatized electrical energy, telecommunications, roads—in a country where there’s no other way to get around. This has meant an exponential rise in the cost of living for the population, and wages haven’t gone up.”
In our media all you hear about is the Honduran government's involvement with drug lords.
While that is important, it's also a way to avoid talking about the way the social safety net has been completely destroyed.
49 percent of the public health budget had been diverted to other purposes in recent years, and the nation’s head of finances reported that the health ministry underspent its budget in 2018 by 800 million lempiras, or about $33 million, as surgeons operate by cell-phone lanterns on patients sharing a single bed...
We think they’re purposely causing deterioration in the health system to justify handing it over to the private sector,” says Dr. Figueroa.
Honduras is reaching a tipping point. Like Haiti almost everything has been stolen, so the people have nothing left to lose.
An important exception to the rule is the protests against the socialist government in Bolivia.
...or is it an exception?
Demonstrators on Monday launched a series of rolling protests demanding the Bolivian government grant more benefits from a massive lithium project with Germany's privately owned ACI Systems.
Residents in the province of Potosi say they will not receive enough royalties from the plan to build a factory for electric vehicle batteries and a lithium hydroxide plant.
Protesters marched and blockaded streets in the first of a series of protests planned by the Potosi Civic Committee, which will amplify their demands in the coming days with public and education strikes if President Evo Morales doesn't respond.
So in reality the people of Bolivia are protesting when their socialist government does something like a neoliberal.