the first world owes the Third World everything February 07, 2006 3:45 AM
A LETTER FROM AN INDIAN CHIEF BY GUAICAIPURO CUAUTEMOC
THE TRUE DEBT
Translation of the Spanish: RENACER INDIANISTA
A letter from an Indian chief to all European governments to repay the gold and silver they borrowed between 1503 and 1660.
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Here am I, Guaicaipuro Cuautemoc, who have come to discover those who are celebrating the discovery. Here am I, a descendant of those who colonized America 40,000 years ago, who have come to discover those who discovered it 500 years ago.
My European brother at his border asks me for a written document with a visa in order to discover those who discovered me. The European moneylender asks me to pay a debt contracted by Judas which I never authorized to be sold to me. The European pettifogger explains to me that all debts must be paid with interest, even if it means selling human beings and whole countries without their consent. I am gradually discovering them.
I also have payments to claim. I can also claim interest. The evidence is in the Archivo de Indias. Paper after paper, receipt after receipt, signature after signature show that between 1503 and 1600 alone, 185 thousand kilos of gold and 16 million kilos of silver were shipped into Sanlúcar de Barrameda from America.
Plunder? May Tanatzin have mercy on me for thinking that the Europeans, like Cain, kill and then deny their brother's blood!
Genocide? That would mean giving credit to slanderers like Bartolome de las Casas who equated the discovery of the Indies with its destruction, or the extremists such as Dr. Arturo Pietri, who states that the outburst of capitalism and of the current European civilization was due to the flood of precious metals! No way! Those 185 thousand kilos of gold and 16 million kilos of silver must be considered as the first of several friendly loans granted by America for Europe's development. The contrary would presuppose war crimes, which would mean not only demanding immediate return, but also compensation for damages. I prefer to believe in the least offensive hypothesis. Such fabulous capital exports were nothing short of the beginning of a Marshalltezuma Plan to guarantee the reconstruction of a barbarian Europe, ruined by
deplorable wars against the Muslim foe. For this reason, as we approach the Fifth Centennial of the Loan, we must ask ourselves:
What have our European brothers done in a rational, responsible or at least productive way with the resources so generously advanced by the International Indoamerican Fund?
The answer is: unfortunately nothing. Strategically, they squandered it on battles such a Lepanto, invincible armies, Third Reichs and other forms of mutual extermination, only to end up being occupied by the Yankee troops of NATO, like Panama (but without a canal).
Financially, they were incapable - even after a moratorium of 500 years - of either paying back capital with interest or of becoming independent from net returns, raw materials and cheap material and cheap energy that they import from the Third World.
This disgusting picture corroborates Milton Friedman's assertion that a subsidized economy can never function properly, and compels us to claim - for their own good - the repayment of capital and interest which we have so generously delayed all these centuries.
Stating this, we want to make clear that we will refrain from charging our European brothers the despicable and bloodthirsty floating rates of 20 or even 30 percent that they charge to Third World countries. We shall only demand the devolution of all precious metals advanced, plus a modest fixed annum accumulated over 300 years. On this basis, and applying the European formula of compound interest, we inform our discoverers that they only owe us, as a first payment against the debt, a mass of 185,000 kilos of gold and 16 million kilos of silver, both raised to the power of 300. This equals a figure that would need over 300 digits to put on paper and whose weight fully exceeds that of the planet Earth.
What huge piles of gold and silver! How much would they weigh when calculated in blood? To say that in half a millennium Europe has not been able to produce sufficient wealth to pay back this modest interest is as much as admitting to the total financial failure of capitalism.
The pessimists of the Old World state that their civilization is already so bankrupt that they cannot fulfill their financial or moral commitments. If this is the case, we shall be happy if they pay us with the bullet that killed the poet. But that is not possible, because that bullet is the very heart of Europe.
YES!!! February 07, 2006 9:08 AM
the reality is that the richest countries in the world are the ones that our governments consider to be "third world". these countries are the richest because other countries fight to dominate over them in order to steal the resources that remain buried beneath the lands surface. but because the people refuse to have their land squandered away by others who do not live there, these "third world" nations have become prime targets for extreme violence and for shifty money deals that leave the countries broker than broke.
it is time for a change. it is past time that we demand, as a global community, better for all people and that all people have a right to live in peace and that all people have a right to NOT have their land and their livelihoods put at risk. the majority of the people worldwide, all they want is enough food to feed their children, a home in which they can be safe and a little extra with which to enjoy the earth that was created for them. most people do not care to have millions.
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