Banana republic? Lithium republic?

From Slashdot | Bolivia Is the Saudi Arabia of Lithium

Bolivia’s new future (Score:5, Insightful)

by snaz555 (903274) on Wednesday April 29, @01:35PM (#27761673)

0. Evil Bolivian liberals start talking about using the proceeds from sale of lithium for things like national defense, highways, electricity, water plants, schools, research facilities, health care, a functional judicial system – all this first-world stuff they could only dream of affording previously
1. Coup
2. Generals clean out subversives who think Bolivians should own their own natural resources, and make country safe for U.S. and European mining co’s
3. Generals sell off complete and exclusive rights for pennies on the dollar – no taxation or local businesses involved; Generals get rewarded with nice personal kickbacks
4. Generals provide local labor for cheap. Very cheap. After all, they have a virtually infinite supply of desperate people willing to work for subsistence wages
5. After 10-20 years as the locals revolt because of the total sell-out, generals escape to a first-world life in luxury
6. As the locals refuse to accept the previous BS deal they kick out foreign mining co’s and nationalize the resources
7. U.S. decries evil commies and does its best to destabilize said evil commie government, by interfering with elections, supporting “freedom fighters” (read: insurgents and terrorists), and generally attempt to turn back the clock. The pretext is demanding “free elections”, which of course can be rigged to practically restore the previous order
8. After a generation everyone eventually gets tired of conflict, forget what they were fighting over in the first place, and things are allowed to return to some semblance of where they should have been at point 0. Only with a lot of bad history.

Been there, done that. Got the t-shirt.

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