LA PAZ – Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said on Sunday that “neoliberal globalization as a political project has just died a sudden death” and new US President Donald Trump has certified “the autopsy of this unburied body.”
Garcia Linera discussed the fate of globalization in an address during the opening session of the Legislative Assembly, which is marking the 11th anniversary of the start of President Evo Morales’s administration.
“The president of the world’s most powerful and wealthy nation has announced his war to the death against the free trade agreements, has announced his willingness to build gigantic feudal walls to close his country off from the rest of the world,” the 54-year-old Garcia Linera said.
Trump also considers that protectionism, which was “demonized” by Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and the World Bank, “is now the only way to bring prosperity and strength to his nation,” the Bolivian vice president said.
“In other words, President Trump has signed the death certificate for the neoliberal globalization political project,” Garcia Linera, a Marxist writer and intellectual who has always described himself as a communist, said.
“It’s not that economic globalization is going to disappear,” Garcia Linera said, adding that it would continue to exist in coming decades. “What has died, what is already an unburied body, is neoliberal globalization as a cultural and ideological political project.”
One possible option going forward “is communitarian socialism,” or “communism,” creating a society “of common wealth, of common responsibility, of production and common happiness,” the vice president said.
Morales, the first indigenous president of this Indian-majority Andean nation, and Garcia Linera took office on Jan. 22, 2006.