Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Simon Romero is such an asshole

Ok, this post is way late and late on Simon Romero's latest reporting of Bolivia. But as BoRev points out, me and Simon must be as equally fond of tardiness (and Peruvian steaks!), but I'm no New York Times staff reporter. However we are not as equally fond of bullshit. So let's discuss just how big an asshole Simon can make himself into.

I really thought Bolivia had hurt Simon's feelings and he had thrown in the towel on the country after he resorted to plagiarizing this crappy blog and was forced to admit that his favorite democratic opposition in Santa Cruz are actually a bunch of fascists.

But Simon came back, drooling at how much money his buddies could make off Bolivia's lithium deposits if only those crazy Indians living there would just disappear. My favorite part is when he calls corporate tool and mass murderer Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada a "nationalist". But Simon is far from alone in saying wacky shit about Bolivia's lithium "wealth". Anyways here is a voice Simon just forgot to mention while peddling the next "green solution" to Detroit's shitty cars. Bolivian Mining Minister Luis Alberto Echazu:

"It is also going to generate pollution, not just from fossil fuels but also from lithium plants, which produce sulphur dioxide. This isn't a magic solution.... The capitalist leaders have to change. If all the world had consumers like North America, everyone with a car, [the global biosphere] would grind to a halt."

How about that fatty? Get out of your fucking car and walk or take the bus somewhere for once.

But moving on, Simon is not just a lazy, stupid, corporate whore journalist, he also writes fairly racist shit about Bolivia's indigenous peoples as demonstrated in his piece on the new constitution, frankly the worst English language reporting done on the text's approval January 25. According to Simon:

Evo is not really indigenous because he is not fluent in both Aymara and Quechua, right, just like the majority of all those supposed "Hopi" and "Navajo" "Native Americans" in the US. Let's take their Reservations! Those fakers!

And this constitution which eminently respected Anthropologist Xavier Albó says advances indigenous social and political inclusion is just plain crazy as clearly "Some Bolivians who read the entire Constitution came away with other impressions." Naturally by this Simon means Cornell Literature Professor Paz Soldán, a US educated Bolivian-American.

Ending the article; recognizing Bolivia's 36 indigenous nations is like a "Chinese encyclopedia’s attempt to divide fauna into myriad nonsensical categories." Because treating other peoples like equal human beings is sooo chinesey and difficult to think about, better to just forget this democracy stuff altogether, “The mind-boggling text may have the ratification of the majority but it might not be the recipe for a viable country.”

Yeah, it is pretty well established that Simon Romero is an asshole and ought to be fired, but hey it's the New York Times so whatever. They'll be bankrupt in six months awayways.


Bowen said...

But at least he's read Borges! Although he somehow remembers it as factual? Or maybe he got the example from Foucault (from the preface to The Order of Things):

This book first arose out of a passage in Borges, out of the laughter that shattered, as I read the passage, all the familiar landmarks of my thought - our thought, the thought that bears the stamp of our age and our geography - breaking up all the ordered surfaces and all the planes with which we are accustomed to tame the wild profusion of existing things, and continuing long afterwards to disturb and threaten with collapse our age-old distinction between the Same and the Other. This passage quotes a 'certain Chinese encyclopaedia' in which it is written that 'animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (1) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off" look like flies'. In the wonderment of this taxonomy, the thing we apprehend in one great leap, the thing that, by means of the fable, is demonstrated as the exotic charm of another system of thought, is the limitation of our own, the stark impossibility of thinking that.

Anonymous said...

What a shame of Paz Soldan! I read his articles in his blog and is incredible how he could be so blind to the racist and antidemocratic stands of the civicos from SC

El Duderino said...

Thanks for the quote Bowen. I imagine if we had Soldan elaborate on this thoughts he would expressed something more nuanced. But he should be smarter than to give a shotty reporter like Simon such ridiculous quote.