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Wednesday
Apr132011

In Bolivia, Pachamama takes aim at capitalism with UN treaty

La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, is the world's highest capital city (3,660 m; 12,005 ft). Bolivia is the world’s third largest cultivator of coca and a major consumer of cocaine. [Photo and caption/text: CIA World Fact Book/US Govmt.]Earth Day is approaching so it seems fitting Bolivia will put forth the draft of a treaty to the United Nations declaring Mother Earth has the same rights as humans. The move has been disclosed in Canadian media who often cover US and global events more honestly than domestic US media. The news site Canada.com said the treaty “is meant to mirror” a law enacted in Bolivia, the Law of the Rights of Mother Earth.

The embodiment of Mother Earth, said the Canadian publication, is Pachamama, the Earth Deity worshiped in indigenous Andean culture. The concept is at odds with the Judaeo-Christian tenet of man having dominion over the earth, but Western countries will ultimately confront this treaty and the political aspects of it—as always, the aim is money but religion once again is being co-opted to mobilize the populace for political and financial gain.

In 2008 Bolivia presented a pamphlet to the UN containing 10 commandments addressing saving Mother Earth.

Canada.com said one commandment stipulates ending capitalism.

In the U.S., we don’t really need help from Bolivia to do that. The current administration continues a pre-existing path of socializing various sectors of the economy including car manufacturing, banking, mortgage lending, healthcare and others.

Bolivia, according to the CIA World Fact Book, is “one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America.” Approximately 30 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day (2009).

Bolivia’s natural resources are operated under risk-sharing contracts after foreign firms surrendered “all production to the state energy company in exchange for a pre-determined service fee” said the Fact Book. This temporarily benefited Bolivia’s economy and as in many other countries with natural resources, produced a spike in commodities prices in other countries.

Bolivia, however, like many countries, has a contradiction. The country is the world’s third-largest coca cultivator said the Fact Book, and cultivation continues to increase. The country is also a major consumer of cocaine.

Cocaine is an environmentally unfriendly crop because cultivation requires clearcutting forestland. I am certain Pachamama would be very negative to that practice but recognizing the conflict requires more common sense than the entire UN world body could muster.

Aside from that Bolivia deals with some very nasty food, water and vector-borne diseases like hepatitis A, typhoid, dengue, malaria and leptospirosis widespread in countries where resource management is not practiced.

Canada.com suggested the extreme wing of the environmental movement will get behind the treaty with one group launching the book Nature Has Rights. The US domestic movement is a religion of sorts based on nature worship.

Preservation advocacy has replaced the concept of wise use of natural resources that enabled the U.S. to grow a robust economy. At present the extremist environmental movement in the U.S. hampers productivity, particularly on energy resources, and presents a barrier to the creation of jobs although the current administration would not agree with that reality-based concept.

Will the day come when a company operating in an area where a rare insect is threatened go on trial in an international court for murder?

That scenario  may sound crazy, but considering the massive wealth global warmists have amassed on the backs of taxpayers around the world, nothing is outside the scope of possibility.

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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 13, 2011)

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