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Bibles at the Barricades: How the Right Seized Power in Bolivia

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/28/bibles-barricades-how-right-seized-power-bolivia

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Damn! These psychopaths have been at it full throttle for 500 years and they just keep digging their hole deeper and deeper, waxing their surfaces and bloating with the fecal until the methane explodes; their jewelry rattles and resets the hypnotic venom. THE BIBLE?

The only things showing are the insensate knuckle dragging and denial of being surrounded by 500 years of failure, psychopathically celebrated in “blondie” roots standing for show in front of the boy in power dressup. The former, by the by, being one of the most successful ‘wannabe’ indicators of the predatory model standing in as designer model claiming … whatever.

Deadly force has been fetishized, swirling around in 15th century insanity, devouring the planet and claiming to have a right of kings, who in turn have the right under a god that has been so thoroughly misinterpreted and bowdlerized as to have dropped to Dante’s 2nd through 9th circles of hell. The rest of humanity struggling to keep from dropping from the first ring.

  1. Limbo: Where those who never knew Christ exist. Dante encounters ​[Ovid], Homer, [Socrates], Aristotle, Julius Caesar, and more here.

  2. Lust: Self-explanatory. Dante encounters Achilles, Paris, Tristan, [Cleopatra], and Dido, among others.

  3. Gluttony: Where those who overindulge exist. Dante encounters ordinary people here, not characters from epic poems or gods from mythology. The author [Boccaccio] took one of these characters, Ciacco, and incorporated him into his 14th-century collection of tales called “The Decameron.”

  4. Greed: Self-explanatory. Dante encounters more ordinary people but also the guardian of the circle, [Pluto], the mythological king of the Underworld. This circle is reserved for people who hoarded or squandered their money, but Dante and Virgil do not directly interact with any of its inhabitants. This is the first time they pass through a circle without speaking to anyone, a commentary on Dante’s opinion of greed as a higher sin.

  5. Anger: Dante and [Virgil] are threatened by the Furies when they try to enter through the walls of Dis (Satan). This is a further progression in Dante’s evaluation of the nature of sin; he also begins to question himself and his own life, realizing his actions and nature could lead him to this permanent torture.

  6. Heresy: Rejection of religious and/or political “norms.” Dante encounters Farinata degli Uberti, a military leader and aristocrat who tried to win the Italian throne and was convicted posthumously of heresy in 1283. Dante also meets [Epicurus], Pope Anastasius II, and Emperor Frederick II.

  7. Violence: This is the first circle to be further segmented into sub-circles or rings. There are three of them—the Outer, Middle, and Inner rings—housing different types of violent criminals. The first are those who were violent against people and property, such as [Attila the Hun]. Centaurs guard this Outer Ring and shoot its inhabitants with arrows. The Middle Ring consists of those who commit violence against themselves (suicide). These sinners are perpetually eaten by Harpies. The Inner Ring is made up of the blasphemers, or those who are violent against God and nature. One of these sinners is Brunetto Latini, a sodomite, who was Dante’s own mentor. (Dante speaks kindly to him.) The usurers are also here, as are those who blasphemed not just against God but also the gods, such as Capaneus, who blasphemed against [Zeus].

  8. Fraud: This circle is distinguished from its predecessors by being made up of those who consciously and willingly commit fraud. Within the eighth circle is another called the Malebolge (“Evil Pockets”), which houses 10 separate bolgias (“ditches”). In these exist types of those who commit fraud: panderers/seducers; flatterers; simoniacs (those who sell ecclesiastical preferment); sorcerers/astrologers/false prophets; barrators (corrupt politicians); hypocrites; thieves; false counselors/advisers; schismatics (those who separate religions to form new ones); and alchemists/counterfeiters, perjurers, impersonators, etc. Each bolgia is guarded by different demons, and the inhabitants suffer different punishments, such as the simoniacs, who stand head-first in stone bowls and endure flames upon their feet.

  9. Treachery: The deepest circle of Hell, where Satan resides. As with the last two circles, this one is further divided, into four rounds. The first is Caina, named after the biblical Cain, who murdered his brother. This round is for traitors to family. The second, Antenora—from Antenor of Troy, who betrayed the Greeks—is reserved for political/national traitors. The third is Ptolomaea for Ptolemy, son of Abubus, who is known for inviting Simon Maccabaeus and his sons to dinner and then murdering them. This round is for hosts who betray their guests; they are punished more harshly because of the belief that having guests means entering into a voluntary relationship, and betraying a relationship willingly entered is more despicable than betraying a relationship born into. The fourth round is Judecca, after Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ. This round is reserved for traitors to their lords/benefactors/masters. As in the previous circle, the subdivisions each have their own demons and punishments.

Time to revive some of the mythological terminology … eh?


Hey, hypocrites? Why not comment on Morales’ own quasi-coup against the Bolivian Constitution? He was ineligible to run for re-election until its high court made up a bullshit ruling. socraticgadfly DOT blogspot DOT com/2019/11/goodbye-evo-morales-hello-hypocritical DOT html

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Inexplicably wishy-washy on the central event last fall, the election.

the opposition promoted a narrative about the likelihood of fraud in the weeks leading up to the election. The issue of fraud during the October 20th elections, which indicated Morales won another term, has been widely debated and investigated. Many of the people I spoke with in La Paz in March did not believe “monumental” fraud had been committed by the MAS, as the opposition claimed, but that a “typical” low level of irregularities had taken place. Regardless …, the Organization of American States strategically threw gasoline on the fire … with their early claims of fraud, pushing the country into violence.

That Morales’s electoral victory was only indicated (my emphasis in the quotation)?
Hardly – it’s well established that he won by 10 percentage points or more.

And the OAS role is greatly underplayed. Without evidence, its claim of fraud was used by the right domestically and internationally (hint: D.C.) to overthrow Morales. That claim has been extensively debunked, and it’s shocking that a Common Dreams article on the regime change fails to refute it.

Also shocking: no mention of the OAS’s treacherous role in attacking Venezuela.

Mr. Dangl, what are you up to here?
Common Dreams, please vet future articles by this author carefully.

first look from within… your Rump is running mad, ignoring our constitution…

“made up a bullshit ruling” hmmmm, I think it’s just a ruling, lol. The rest of that phrase is projection

If the author mentioned the CIA I missed it. But we all know who was working behind the scenes. It’s just a given.


It’s apparent the author was " flacking " for psuedo-left urbanites, when he interviewed smaller fringe environmental and human rights groups, who wanted to send a message to Morales by splintering and undermining MAS. And, have now sent a secret policeman and a bullet, to their supposed allies and kindred spirits, instead. How very considerate of the hip, upper class and tenured university intellectual club. Snobs, for the most part. People of the ’ burbs, imo.
The same old story of " wants " plays out, again.
The author admits MAS is Morales’ power base. And thus, the source of the protective power of the Indigenous and working poor. Who gained food to eat, water to drink, human rights and working rights in a country they are the majority in, no less.
But then … the usual disconnect. Intellectually justified, possibly, but hardly effective politically.
When will the intellectual class ever learn, when will they ever learn??

Exactly, with Bolivia sitting on the worlds largest lithium supply, the American corporate “musclemen”, were sent in to work their régime change magic. IMO the right wing bible thumping is just a distraction from that fact.