Coca-Cola to be booted out of Bolivia

Coca-Cola to be booted out of BoliviaCoca-Cola, one of the planet’s giant corporations, is to be unceremoniously booted out of Bolivia. The announcement was made by Bolivian Minister of External Affairs, David Choquehuanca, who stated that the date chosen, December 21, coincides with the end of the cycle in the Mayan Calendar, the end of capitalism and the start of a culture of life.

Coca Cola will be expelled from Bolivia on the date that the Mayan calendar enters a new cycle – December 21. According to the Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Choquehuanca, the decision was taken to expel Coca Cola on the date of the end of the Mayan calendar so as to create a pretext for celebrating the end of capitalism and the beginning of “the culture of life” in community-based societies. The celebration will take place at the Southern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice on La Isla del Sol (Sun Isle) in Lake Titicaca.

“The twenty-first of December 2012 is the end of selfishness, of division. The twenty-first of December has to be the end of Coca Cola and the beginning of mocochinche (a local refreshing drink),” said the Foreign Minister at a political rally for Evo Morales. “The planets will line up after 26,000 years…it is the end of capitalism and the beginning of communitarianism,” he added.

The Mayan Calendar

On December 21, 2012, the Mayan Calendar will reach the end. Of what? Not the end of the world, as many believe (and one hopes this time round people will not commit suicide waiting for aliens to come to save them hiding in the tail of a comet). The Mayan Calendar on the beginning of the Summer Solstice reaches the end of a 26,000-year cycle, implying the beginning of a new one.

Whether or not this is the end of the capitalist-monetarist model which we see today remains to be seen: the one which has destroyed full employment and replaced it with endemic unemployment, which has destroyed free universal education and replaced it with a business which churns out generations of simpletons every year who after 12 or 13 years at school are unable to read, are unable to write and whose mental arithmetic skills are absolute zero.

This wonderful model destroyed free universal healthcare and turned it into a business (Sorry, Mrs. Brown, do you know how much money you are actually costing the National Health Service? Now, Mr. Brown do you want us to save your wife if she has a heart attack?) For this new model getting a home has to be a mix between a drama and a chimera and not a birthright, a system where job security does not exist, and neither does security on the streets because policing has been cut back so far the towns and villages have been taken over by marauding packs of animals.

As for Bolivia, imagine the health benefits of not drinking Coca Cola. A can contains 50 mg. of caffeine, while 20 mg, is considered enough to be a stimulant of the central nervous system; the gas – Carbon DiOxide, is considered to be psychologically addictive. The colour is produced by an additive called e-150.

Google it!

Congratulations, Bolivia.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey


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43 Responses to "Coca-Cola to be booted out of Bolivia"

  1. Woden  August 1, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I think you are confusing capitalism with neo-liberalism when you complain of detroying education, healthcare and full employment. In fact, it is arguable that capitalism realised these in the first place. I am not defending the market or otherwise, but I think you are constructing a strawman there.

  2. David  August 1, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Nowhere in this item is it mentioned the REASON for this “boot out”. Big words like Capitalism are fine, but please explain what harm did Coca-Cola as an international corporation was causing to Bolivia. Seems to me like it’s simply a populist move with no substantial reason behind it

    • Joel  August 1, 2012 at 7:34 am

      How would you feel if a huge international company with very deep pockets came and took the best water in you country, added lots of unhealthy things (8 tsp of sugar, in any form is unhealthy) and sold it for a massive profit margin and took the money away. And then with predatory ads simply destroyed domestic competition, and made all your kids fat and poor? Why? Why not?

    • KObaja grande  August 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

      You are joking, right? I hope you do. Otherwise – you, my friend, are a dumbass.

    • Tess  August 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      sorry David, but you’re awfully ignorant …Am?rican! ! !! !!
      I can’t believe I’m seeing message like yours! – it is as you would ask what’s wrong with… Monsanto, Roundup, pesticides & herbicides,
      or McDonald, GMO (genetically modified food) and MSG (monosodium glutamate)
      or cigarettes! or soy products! or low fat sugary foodz!
      or even pasteurized/homogenized milk!
      Need more?
      Educate yourself!

      Coca-Cola don’t make the same ingredients for their drinks in Europe as they do in America and other continents!

    • David  August 6, 2012 at 6:11 am

      Thank you Joel, Kobaja and Tess for your “warm” words, for questioning my level of education and for failing to guess my nationality (“American”?? why? who is the closed minded here???)

      Now let me get back to the subject: the question here is not whether Coca Cola is “good” or “bad”. Healthwise we have no argument – Coca Cola is not a healthy thing. So are not cigarettes, alcohol, drugs (of any sort) and excessive blogging. So why won’t we ban all of them?
      There is a major difference between saying that something is unhealthy and wrong to forcefully kicking it out just because we don’t like it.
      I’m all for educating the people about the damage that over-sugarry food can cause your body. All for government control and regulation for the sake of consumers. But a boot-out is just an unuseful populistic act that basically sends the message “we are too weak to deal with these challenges. Let’s just get rid of everything that sounds American”.

      Joel – you’re claiming that “Coca Cola makes all Bolivian kids fat and poor”. Have you actually been to Bolivia? I have and I’ve hardly seen any fat kid around. Poor? Yes, Bolivia is a pretty unfortunate country (because of too many reasons. I don’t purport to point all of them out). But are you really trying to make me believe it is all because of Coca Cola? This is just not serious enough, sorry man….

      Let me just add one more thing here, guys: I am not an “evil corporationist”. I am not “blinded by American policy” and not “the enemy of the people”. I am a human being like you guys who’s trying to question things. Tess – Please educate yourself about the history of Bolivia and show me how Coca Cola has such a disastrous effect on it that it should be booted out.

      Have a lovely day people, and continue questioning everything, even if it sounds like it serves your political agenda on the short-run…

    • vpaes  August 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Coca-cola is made of water too. Joel has a point. These big multinationals come and buy the ‘poor’ nation’s natural resources for a very cheap price. All bottled water sold here in Brazil for instance is owned by nestle and coca-cola. In India it happened the same! A friend of mine who lives near a village near Kerala told me that coca-cola came and bought from the corrupted government there 2 big patches of land near 2 villages and diverted the flow of that underground spring river to make their poison, leaving two villages with virtually no water. Do you think is fair that these fuckers come down here, take over our water and sell us poison? Although apparently the Bolivia government denied this move (which is a shame really) but i do agree that coca-cola should bugger off our land.

  3. Hal Anding  August 1, 2012 at 3:38 am

    since we produce carbon diOxide [sic] as a metabolic waste product, and it’s part of the atmosphere, How was it demonstrated to be psychologically addictive when it can’t be removed from any living thing? wouldn’t you need a CO2-free control to make a claim like that?

    • Mario  August 1, 2012 at 7:21 am

      It’s about the sensation of drinking carbonized soda I guess, not the level of CO2 in your blood.

    • bintalshamsa  August 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Actually, Hal Anding, you wouldn’t. Yeast is found in our bodies, throughout the earth, and in our diet. However, we know that there are adverse effects when we have certain levels of it in our bodies, especially in proportion to other natural flora. A “control” isn’t just something that lacks any amount of the substance being researched. It’s simply a sample that’s designed to show what happens when the researchers don’t change the subject in the way that the test sample will be changed.

    • Mary Gagnon  August 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      More likely the author is thinking of the alleged addictive nature of the high fructose corn (HFCS) syrup most of their sodas now use in the place of actual cane sugar.

  4. S  August 1, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Good on them I say but what is the reason, it seems pointless writing this article without explaining further…this will hit the Vatican’s pockets, they are apparently MAJOR shareholders in Coca Cola.

    • David  August 6, 2012 at 6:30 am

      Exactly!! that was exactly the question I was raising. Instead of real answers I got comments calling me an ignorant and an “American” (since when is that a curse word?)

      If you get an answer – please reply here so I can also be enlightened
      (could you also please add a reference to this interesting piece of info you have brought here about the Vatican?)


    • David  August 6, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Some real-life information about their shareholders (goddamnit people – stop believing everything someone says just because they are “anti-american….)

  5. mdtalk  August 1, 2012 at 6:43 am

    they probably want to make up their own similar drink and do not need competition, No Woden, its capitalism that is destroying everything in which profit stays before people, but luckily we have an ally of technological unemployment advancing on all fronts that will set us free.

  6. Carlos  August 1, 2012 at 7:43 am

    what about pepsi cola?

    • Tess  August 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      do yourself a huge favor – stop drinking soda for the health reasons (if not for any others)!

      What a brave girl! – Educate yourself:

      Coca-Cola, Papsi, Kraft, don’t make the same ingredients for their drinks and foods in Europe as they do in America and other continents!

  7. Jose  August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Pile of Shit… I quote:

    “The twenty-first of December 2012 is the end of selfishness, of division. The twenty-first of December has to be the end of Coca Cola and the beginning of mocochinche (a local refreshing drink),” said the Foreign Minister at a political rally for Evo Morales.

    And you think this is the end of Capitalism? It’s the worst form of populism, designed to perpetuate the self-proclamed “communitarian” leaders…

    I am a bit dissapointed this kind of crap is included on this forum…

    • bintalshamsa  August 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Yes, how dare those officials create policies that will make people want to keep them in office!

    • David  August 6, 2012 at 6:48 am

      Finally – someone who thinks for himself in this forum. Thank you Jose….

    • Atila  December 31, 2012 at 12:22 am

      You are right Jose, this is the same shit populism like Chavezuela, Argentina, Ecuador and so on, they are only corrupt politicians and the people in other countries (like Sean Penn) believes that they are “against corporations” but they ARE corporationsslaves and try to sale the people that they are national and popular , but they are enriched at the expense of the people themselves they are the most corrupt regimes on Earth actually, and they are NOT democratic, morales in Bolivia is a very corrupt man too !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE it´s only other form of PROPAGANDA yhis example with Coca Cola…

  8. ministervanagitatiet  August 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

    It’s a good decision but a bad article.

    What isn’t mentioned for instance, is the war on drugs and how it impacts Bolivia. There’s this little story Evo Morales once told me when he was not yet President of Bolivia but presided over the Andes Council that organized over 2 million Coca-Farmers.

    When pope John-Paul II went to visit Bolivia at the airport of La Paz he was greeted by people in traditional costumes that offered him matte de coca (coca tea) as a traditional welcome. Because the pope drank some of the cocatea, it made headlines. As a response, the then governement decided the sale of matte de coca would be prohibited in all official buildings. While Coca Cola was still available there.

    The strange thing is that Matte de Coca and Coca Cola both have some coca-ingrediënts in it. Part of the Bolivian coca-harvest is bought by the Coca-Cola Company, goes to Atlante to be decocainized and thus coms back to Bolivia in the form of cans. At the same time the US is waging a relentless war against the production of coca while in those countries it is used as a traditional drink and has nothing to do with cocaine-snorting.

    As a conclusion, Evo Morales said to me: “there is no war on drugs. There’s a war for drugs, and mainly the profits being made. That’s why the US is waging this war.”

    Kicking out Coca-Cola is part of this war and it’s a wise decision (although it’s a good drink if you have a hangover).

  9. Kay Simpson  August 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    For those of you that missed it….They are getting rid of greed and corporations and REPLACING it with mom and pop, community, and local..their own native ‘refreshing’ drink, mocochinche,. Seems to be a few good reasons to me.

  10. Alan Lucero  August 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm


  11. Gamhe  August 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Hope Mocochinche provides the same amount of jobs at the same conditions that Coca-Cola, not just for the guys working at the actual manufacturing plant, but throughout all the supply chain, which is massive.

    • BAsh  August 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Hitler employed a lot of people.
      The provision of jobs is not a satisfactory justification for morally corrupt, bullying and culterally damaging corporate invasion. Arguments for child labour and sweat shops often start the same way!

  12. Josh  August 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    bog standard coca-cola is actually one of the healthiest ‘pop’ fizzy drinks around. With only a few ingredients. It’s coca-cola’s other products like fanta that are harmful with additives like aspartame and phenylalanine

    • bintalshamsa  August 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Well, chewing sidewalk chalk is healthier than chewing granite, but that doesn’t make it a good idea to put either one in your mouth.

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  14. Chris ZeroUm  August 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Is it good the government deciding what people can or can not drink or have ?
    Where is the freedom of choice ? This is not something to be proud of.
    Next decision they will forbid books and internet access to people, but all for the “good of the regime”

    • bintalshamsa  August 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      The people are the ones who elected the government to make policies that will benefit them. They are completely free to choose who will represent them. The people of Bolivia can be proud of the politicians who are doing their job by improving life in their country. If you think that Bolivia is going to forbid books and internet access, you must have it confused with the USA. This, not Bolivia, is the country where politicians are doing their best to eliminate free public education and permits companies to restrict people’s access to certain parts of the internet.

    • Emma  November 26, 2012 at 12:35 am

      Government decides on everything
      Maken it harder and harder for our generation
      And our children’s generation :)

  15. Gamhe  August 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Are you really comparing Hitler with Coca-Cola? That is not just dumb but disrespectfull with the victims of Nazi Germany.
    Now, about your comment of child labour, I would love to read your back up evidence regarding that, you might be refering not to Coca-Cola employing children but as the horrible reality of many developing countries in which there are no good child work policies. If this is the case, you might find child labour at sugar plantations for example, nonetheless, if that is you point, every person consuming sugar in those countries should be charged with supporting child labour.

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  17. Constantine B  August 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm


  18. Kate  August 4, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Coca Cola also modified their patented ingredient when they were forced to exclude the main reason they became so popular in the first place – cocaine. The original “soft drink” syrup contained all the elements of the cocoa bean including the medicinal benefits of cocaine. Then the govt got involved, but Coca Cola went on exploiting foreign soils to make a few self-serving executives obscenely wealthy. I commend Bolivia’s President Evo Morales’ decision no matter what the reason. It’s about time to end what amounts to pillaging by foreign companies that take without giving back, without regard to the people who depend upon that nation’s natural resources.

  19. Stephan Muis  August 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Hello David, I agree with you as to the fact that we should not look at nationality. It has nothing to do with the Americans as a people. It has to do with the idea that becomes more widespread nowadays: Capitalism as we know it might indeed have reached its end and should be replaced by a system with ‘”common sense”, equality and most of all: compassion.

  20. Joshua heretic  August 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Capitalism Americans nationality medical system policies act labour additive culture… Catastrophic natural disaster cripples crippled economy people hungry scared alone together, perspective people is free.

  21. Joe Bandy  August 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Christ on a bike there are some short sighted people in this world that apparently have no understanding of confirmation bias. Kudos to the few that see through this populist nonsense. P.S. 5 points for stating that the world will not end at the turnover of the Mayan calendar, -15 points for claiming the planets will be in alignment. Sorry, they won’t be. 2 minutes research will confirm that. Numbskulls.

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  23. joylan  November 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Most of you are missing the point!! The act of ousting Coke from the country is a first step of reclaiming the spiritualism of the country… on December 21, the Mayan calender ends because a NEW ERA IS BEGINNING FOR OUR PLANET. Didn’t you read that part of the article? We were all born at this time to welcome in the time of peace and community for the whole world…go to http://WWW.LAWOFTIME.ORG and learn for yourself that the time we have all been wishing for has arrived! To all you naysayers I wish the gift of realization…open your minds to the idea that time should no longer be money, but art…

  24. DD Vandoria  December 15, 2012 at 4:46 am

    To keep things fair, Bolivia should stop all businesses from making money off of people. Only people should make money, but not by capitalistic means. Everybody should be forced to make money only for other people and not for themselves. This is the truly open heart. No one should eat until all have eaten. No one should receive anything for their labors until all have given everything away. Things should have no value. Only people should have value. Drink and eat the spirit of man. Do without food and drink, for others have made money by producing such things. Give everyone an equal portion of land and enough seeds to plant and nurture. Give everyone the same amount of sunshine and rain to grow their crops. Give everyone good fortune. Make everyone be equal. Banish all notions of ambition and success. Empty out the schools and colleges. Rid the land of intelligence. Drum out the doctors who make money. Get rid of salaried nurses. Politicians should work only for the love of their constituents. Everything, after is said and done, should be unprofitable. If one person can make a thousand times more than another, then punish him. Make everyone work at the same speed as the slowest. Make everyone respond to life as the slowest and dimmest. Do not allow one man to run faster or jump higher than the man who cannot run or jump. Let no woman be more beautiful and more attractive than the ugliest. Elevate the stupid. Promote the slow. Give riches to those who cannot work. Punish productivity. Let everyone know that business is evil and that the ability to produce is sinful. Force the producers out of business. Let the poor people make the world’s steel and timber. Give the land to the cobblers. Make the rich shoe manufacturer appreciate hard labor by giving him a dull shovel to work the land. Make everyone equal. Make everyone poor. Destroy the banks and the treasuries, for they only hoard evil. Pile up your currency and burn it. Melt your coinage and cast religious icons from the metal. Make dirt more valuable than gold or silver, for a man cannot grow crops in precious metals. Make everyone average and normal and completely full of love.
    Way to go, Bolivia, you’ve taken the first step off the face of the planet.

  25. Hazelz Eyes  January 2, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Great Done Bolivia….Cheers!! McDonald’s & Coke really sucks!!!


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