Wednesday, August 08, 2007

"Let them eat cake"

Last night Lula arrived in Nicaragua. Yesterday in Honduras he stated that instead calling for "Liberty and Democracy" the new cry should be for "bread" for the world's poor. His argument is that Colonization and the Cold War are over, and the focus should be on world hunger and not national sovereignty. While I agree that the nationalist call is also off target, I wonder how free and democratic we really are in the world. Hunger is a symptom of oppression in a global system that concentrates the wealth of the world, not the principal problem. It is as if to say "They say there is no liberty and democracy left. Then let them eat bread."

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"


Frank Partisan said...

Lula has a big contingent of troops in Haiti at this time, disguised as UN troops.

Funny he survived the election in Brazil last year.

Graeme said...

Don't worry about democracy, the U.S. is in the business of spreading that :)

I think things are starting to change for the good in Latin America. Lula would probably have been on the U.S.'s list of leaders to overthrow in the sixties and seventies, now he is a moderate.