Evo Morales deliberately put himself and other leaders up for recall referenda. Coercive democracy, whether on the left or right, doesn't get more direct or pure than that.
Elitist capitalist landholders who stole the people's lands by force of arms and other coercive tactics hundreds of years ago have been against Morale's "share the wealth" campaign. Morales has somewhat nationalized the natural gas, oil, and other minerals-extraction industries. Now, rather than getting a pittance with the rest going out of the country, the Bolivian government gets more than 80%. The government than in turn distributes the wealth via goods and services to the people in general. The rich hate that of course.
Well, as the headline of this post says, it's the same kind of democracy as practiced where the people choose unbridled capitalism. If you're going to have coercive democracy, better to vote every time with the poor than it is to vote with the rich and sell your soul that much more.
So now, Morales is projected to win with some 60+ percent of the vote. [UPDATE: Results: 68 percent] That means he's even more popular with the general electorate than before the fascists started trying to secede from Bolivia.
Will the Bush administration congratulate Morales and recognize his democratic victory, or are they too small to do that openly?
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