In an interesting statement today the country of Bolivia has announced it will kick the Coca-Cola Company out of its country on December 21 to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar, ending capitalism there and ushering in a new era of equality, presumably by not letting its people get fat on sugary sodas.
(Mayor Bloomberg, if you’re watching maybe you could take a hint from Bolivia about how it is really done.)
Bolivian foreign minister and all around soda hater David Choquehuanca said in a press release, “December 21 of 2012 will be the end of egoism and division. December 21 should be the end of Coca-Cola.”
Instead of jumping off a cliff like this guy, the Bolivians are taking a different approach to making December 21 symbolically significant. Whether you agree with capitalism or not, you have to hand it to Bolivia for doing something to promote a change with the day. (Take note Obama*, this is what real change looks like.)
Recently the country legalized the consumption of Coca leaves. So it looks like out with the Coca-Cola, and in with the coca leaves. Let’s just hope the Mayans were wrong so we can see if a country will be able to survive without the sugary drink.
*I am already in the process of trademarking the “Day of Change” name so don’t get any real ideas, Obama campaign.