• Michael Laxer

Daily LIFT #349


Salvador Allende addresses the United Nations, December 1972 -- Daily LIFT #349


"The battle in defence of natural resources is but a part of the battle being waged by the countries of the Third World against underdevelopment. There is a very clear dialectical relationship: imperialism exists because underdevelopment exists; underdevelopment exists because imperialism exists...


This is the drama of underdevelopment and of the countries which have not stood up for their rights, which have not demanded respect for their rights and defended, through a vigorous collective action, the price of their raw materials and basic products and have not confronted the threats and aggressions by neo-imperialism.


We are potentially wealthy countries and yet we live a life of poverty. We go here and there, begging for credits and aid and yet we are - a paradox typical of the capitalist economic system - great exporters of capital."


Full speech.

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