In Bolivia, the political party MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo) of former President Evo Morales claimed victory in Sunday’s presidential election.
According to exit polls MAS candidate Luis Arce has won over 50 % of the vote, giving him an outright win. If confirmed, it will put the socialist party MAS back in power and end the far-right government which ousted Evo Morales in November 2019.
Bolivia’s coup government is currently led by the religious fanatic Jeanine Áñez, who already recognized defeat in this general election.
But what does this have to do with electric cars?
The main purpose of last year US-backed coup in Bolivia was to secure strategic cheap access to lithium for US companies, namely Tesla. Elon Musk even joked about it…
Billionaires do live in a bubble. This coup was responsible for the death of many peaceful indigenous people in Bolivia. What adult in their right mind thinks that imperialism is acceptable?
While some people think that we should avoid talking about politics in EV related websites, I don’t agree, when we leave politics to the elites, they only look for their own interests.
We need more people participating in democracy, not less. Moreover, the main reason why I created this blog was political.
My interest in electric cars didn’t start because they have fast acceleration, are cheap to run, silent or just cool… It started because I was tired of coups and wars for oil. I thought that the adoption of electric vehicles would help democracies all over the world.
Let’s keep ourselves informed and active to prevent that coups and wars for lithium become usual.
The short video below from Mike Figueredo explains extremely well what we’re facing.
Democracies are fragile and every time they prevail it must be celebrated.