Magazine article New Internationalist

The Marshalltezuma Plan [Colonial Exports of Precious Metals from Latin America to Europe Should Be Repaid Now]

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Marshalltezuma Plan [Colonial Exports of Precious Metals from Latin America to Europe Should Be Repaid Now]

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I am a descendant of those who colonized America 40,000 years ago and I've got a bone to pick with those Europeans who claim to have 'discovered' us 500 years ago.

Why is it that your banks and money-lenders ask me to pay for debts which I never authorized to be sold to me in the first place? You tell me that all debts must be paid with interest, even if it means selling human beings and sometimes even whole countries without their consent.

But I also have payments to claim. And I, too, can claim interest. The evidence is in the archives where paper after paper, receipt after receipt, signature after signature, show that from 1503 to 1660, 185,000 kilos of gold and 16,000,000 kilos of silver were shipped from America. Plunder? I wouldn't say so. Because that would mean that our Christian brothers were violating their seventh commandment. Genocide? May Tanatzin have mercy on me for thinking that the Europeans, like Cain, kill and then deny their brother's blood! Pillage? That would mean giving credit to slanderers like Bartolome de las Casas, who equated the discovery of the Indies with its destruction, or to extremists such as Dr Arturo Petri who thinks that the growth of capitalism and of the current European civilization was due to that early flood of precious metals from the Americas!

But I would rather consider those thousands of kilos of gold and silver as the first of several friendly loans granted by Native Americans for Europe's development. The contrary would presuppose war crimes, which would require their immediate return and also compensation for damages. I prefer to believe in the least offensive of the hypotheses. Such fabulous capital exports were nothing short of a Marshalltezuma Plan to guarantee the reconstruction of a barbarian Europe, ruined by deplorable wars against the Muslim foe. …

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