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Christian Base Communities Confront the Neo-Liberal ProjectJuan Manuel Hurtado is a member of the theological commission of the Christian Base Communities of Mexico This article appeared in Spanish in the July 1992 edition of Estudios EcumenicosAfter the fall of the socialist bloc and its opening to the market economy it would appear that the only valid economic and political model of society left to the world is capitalism Neo-liberalism the present model of capitalism grows stronger every day and allows the powerful to accumulate more wealth and power it also generates hunger misery under-development and death in Third World countriesThe law of the market of competition is the law of the survival of the fittest Wealthy corporations and technologically powerful nations join together to destroy their enemies basing their actions on economic political and even theological logic From this perspective we may analyze the US invasion of Panama the Gulf war the economic and political blockade of the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and the current blockade of CubaThis is the absolute law of the Empire which excludes anyone outside of its reign the law of the jungle which is directly opposed to any democratic aspiration or struggle for human rights And as somebody has already warned If the law of the jungle rules we are not the lionThe number of poor people and the level of poverty is increasing throughout the world In Latin America governments impose economic measures on the poor in accordance with the requirements of the IMF International Monetary Fund and giant multinational corporations rather than responding to the needs of the impoverished majority A good example of this subservience to the rich corporations is Mexico in its rush to pass laws to pave the way for establishing the Free Trade Agreement with the United States and CanadaOur cultures and our way of life have been inundated by consumer products promoted by the multinational corporations which canonize technology and consumerism as the
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