By Guillermo Lora
This booklet is an abridgement and translation of Guillermo Lora's five-volume heritage. It bargains with the strengthening and radicalisation of Bolivia's organised labour move, which culminated within the drastic innovative alterations of the Fifties. the 1st part bargains a reinterpretation of Bolivian heritage within the century previous the revolution, considered from the point of view of the operating category. the second one part discusses in additional aspect the foremost political occasions and doctrinal problems with a interval within which the writer, as secretary of the Trotskyist Partido Obrero Revolucionario, himself often performed an lively half. regardless of the novel upheaval that happened within the fifties and the mobilisation of large sectors of the inhabitants round such radical pursuits as direct estate seizures, union-nominated ministers and union, army and employee keep an eye on, the labour move was once not able to take care of its conquests within the Sixties. The concluding chapters describe the interval of renewed army repression and the ongoing efforts of the labour move to withstand.
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In order to circumvent the restrictions on the export of silver, Pacheco turned to smuggling. '13 Pacheco the smuggler was also an energetic conspirator, and thus on both counts he found himself on the wrong side of the law. He fought in favour of the political group which claimed to defend 'the constitutionalist cause of the country'. In his thirties, he not only proclaimed his support for Linares but also took up arms against the Belzu government, joining a revolutionary army organised in Tupiza.
It was, however, an unequal fight because I had to fight evil with goodness, combat treachery with generosity and dignity . . I was attacked by some people, betrayed by others, ill-used by nearly everybody, besieged by people scrounging for jobs and begging favours. I had to spend my time fighting opponents and keeping myself going amidst the dangers, the ingratitude and the opposition. If, for these reasons, I have not been able to achieve everything I so ardently desired, I must tell you, I have never deviated from my intentions.
History cannot conceal the high-handed nature of Arce's first period in office. As a Minister he showed no signs of his future promise as the most significant reformer of the republic. He was then the perfect conservative and failed to rise above the routine of the colonial era, with its absurd system of taxation. After the victory of Melgarejo, Arce decided to devote himself to his mines in Huanchaca. A relative of his had been working the silver vein of Pulacayo on a small scale since 1833 but with limited success, and on 6 June 1856 Arce bought him out for 40,000 pesos.