THE REAL FOREIGN DEBT
A letter from an Indian chief to all European governments to repay the gold and silver they borrowed between 1503 and 1660.
By Guaicaipuro Cuautemoc
Here am I, Guaicaipuro Cuautemoc, who have come to discover those who are celebrating the discovery. Here am I, a descendant of those who colonised America
40,000 years ago, who have come to discover those who discovered it 500 years ago.
My European brother at his border asks me for a written document with a visa
in order to discover those who discovered me. The European moneylender
asks me to pay a debt contracted by Judas
which I never authorised to be sold to me. The European pettifogger
explains to me that all debts must be paid with interest
, even if it means selling human beings
and whole countries without their consent. I am gradually discovering them.
I also have payments to claim. I can also claim interest. The evidence is in the Archivo de Indias
. Paper after paper, receipt after receipt, signature after signature show that between 1503 and 1660 alone, 185,000 kilos
and 16 million kilos of silver
were shipped into San Lucar de Barrameda
? I wouldn't say so. Because that would mean that our Christian
brothers are violating their seventh commandment
? May Tanatzin
have mercy on me for thinking that the Europeans, like Cain
, kill and then deny their brother's blood! Genocide
? That would mean giving credit to slanderers like Bartolome de las Casas
who equated the discovery of the Indies
with its destruction, or to extremist
s such as Dr Arturo Pietri
, who states that the outburst of capitalism
and of the current European civilisation
was due to the flood of precious metals
! No way!
Those 185,000 kilos of gold and 16 million kilos of silver must be considered as the first of several friendly loans
granted by America for Europe
's development. The contrary would presuppose war crimes
, which would mean not only demanding immediate return, but also compensation for damages
I prefer to believe in the least offensive hypothesis
. Such fabulous capital exports
were nothing short of the beginning of a Marshalltezuma Plan
to guarantee the reconstruction of a barbarian
Europe, ruined by deplorable wars against the Muslim
foe. For this reason, as we approach the Fifth Centennial of the Loan, we must ask ourselves:
What have our European brothers done in a rational, responsible or at least productive way with the resources so generously advanced by the International Indoamerican Fund
? The answer is: unfortunately nothing. Strategically, they squandered it on battles such as Lepanto
, invincible armies, Third Reich
s and other forms of mutual extermination, only to end up being occupied by the Yankee
troops of NATO
, like Panama
(but without a canal
Financially, they were incapable - even after a moratorium
of 500 years - of either paying back capital with interest or of becoming independent from net returns
, raw material
and cheap energy
that they import from the Third World
This disgusting picture corroborates Milton Friedman
's assertion that a subsidised economy
can never function properly, and compels us to claim - for their own good - the repayment of capital and interest which we have so generously delayed all these centuries.
Stating this, we want to make clear that we will refrain from charging our European brothers the despicable and blood-thirsty floating rates of 20 or even 30% that they charge to Third World countries. We shall only demand the devolution of all precious metals advanced, plus a modest fixed annum
accumulated over 300 years.
On this basis, and applying the European formula of compound interest
, we inform our discoverers that they only owe us, as a first payment against the debt, a mass of 185,000 kilos of gold and 16 million kilos of silver, both raised to the power of 300. This equals a figure that would need over 300 digits to put it down on paper and whose weight fully exceeds that of the planet Earth.
What huge piles of gold and silver! How much would they weigh when calculated in blood
? To say that in half a millennium
Europe has not been able to produce sufficient wealth to pay back this modest interest is as much as admitting to the total financial failure of capitalism
The pessimists of the Old World
state that their civilisation is already so bankrupt
that they cannot fulfil their financial
commitments. If this is the case, we shall be happy if they pay us with the bullet
that killed the poet. But that is not possible, because that bullet is the very heart of Europe
- Third World Network Features
Reprinted from Revista, Renancer Indianista, No. 7.
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