Bolivia To Banish Coca-Cola To Mark Mayan End Of Capitalism?

Apparently the “expelling of Coca-Cola” from Bolivia will be metaphorical rather than literal. Still, I feel as if we finally have a definitive answer as to what the end of the Mayan calendar means. Via Forbes:

David Choquehuanca, the minister in question, explained that Coca-Cola will be expelled from Bolivia on the same day that the Mayan calendar enters a new cycle–December 21. According to Choquehuanca, the date marks the end of capitalism and the start of a culture of life in community-based societies.

Although it may make sense for them to ban Coca-Cola–which screams America and, therefore, capitalism–it’s not the first time that a US company had trouble to find ground in Bolivia. After trying for years to conquer Bolivians, McDonald’s withdrew from the country in the early 2000s for not being able to turn a profit there.

The decision of Coca-Cola’s ban in Bolivia came in a time when the country is pledging to legalize the consumption of coca leaves, which are notoriously processed clandestinely into cocaine, and were declared an illegal narcotic by the UN in 1961, along with cocaine, opium and morphine, in spite of its consumption being a centuries-old tradition there, strongly rooted in the beliefs of various indigenous groups. “Neither the US nor capitalist countries have a good reason to maintain the ban on coca leaf consumption,” Morales has been quoted as saying.

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  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

     Quetzalcoatl has returned … in the form of a Surveillance Drone.

    • Nephilim

       More like Bolivar.

  • ahem

    It’s always great to see a country stand up to American bullies, love this.

  • Nephilim

    Good, getting rid of Coca Cola is like getting rid of the CIA’s little buddy, or is that boss?  Go Bolivia, let’s hope North America gets a clue soon.

     

  • IrishPotatoGun

     “Neither the US nor capitalist countries have a good reason to maintain the ban on coca leaf consumption,”  Billions of Dollars in a cornered market is a good reason, maybe not morally but financially.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    David Choquehuanca died unexpectedly
    in a small plane crash
    after two gun shot to the head
    he was found hanging in a small room
    his body in a pool of blood in a bath tub

    oh wait a minute
    that’s next month

  • DeepCough

    The Incans inhabited South America, not the Mayans (yet one more thing that has NOTHING to do with that damned Mayan Calendar!).

  • Neodead

    I hope and pray that this year brings down neoclassical economics bullshit, destructive neoliberal ideology and anti-human capitalism, which does not exist in the real world, but only in the illusory vision of those who promote it and profiting from it. 

    • rtb61

       A government of psychopaths, by psychopaths and, for psychopaths all to prey on the other 99%.

    • Nephilim

       If you are saying Milton Friedman was an idiot, I agree wholeheartedly..  Those who do not understand, read Greg Palast’s work.

  • Stoppedby

    The only way to prove neoclassical economists that their ideas (exactly, just empty ideas) are wrong is just let them experience what others did in free market reforms – unemployment, poverty, inequality, economical, social and moral decay, high mortality rates, etc. Let fire them all by not studying their crap. And after that we will call them lazy and preferring leisure, or asking too high wages.  Let free market destroy neoclassical economics!  Let them earn their marginal wages as workers, not by pushing their crap in universities for our money and getting nobel prizes and gifts from corporations.
    This real world will be in poverty until neoclassical economists live in their imaginary world. Let them live in reality!