Sunday, February 10, 2013

Modest lifestyles and solidarity

It's great to see leaders, such as the Broad Left's President of Uruguay Jose 'Pepe' Mujica (2010–), lauded for their modest lifestyles and looking like the rest of us.

Following an interview with the Spanish El Mundo, this former guerilla was reported in Univision News as living in solidarity with the citizens of Uruguay: giving away 90 per cent of his salary to charity housed in a farmhouse rather than a presidential palace.

He has managed to reduce corruption and moved to legalise marijuana and abortions.

Warming Eduardo Galeano's heart, as in certain neighbouring Latin American countries, the popular economies of mutual aid and shared ownership of means of production are being restored — and developing anew — in Uruguay.

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