The tenth in a series of real-life Outlaw Heroes

President José Mujica of Uruguay, a 78-year-old former Marxist guerrilla who spent 14 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement, visited the United States in 2014 to meet with President Obama and speak at a variety of venues. 

He told Obama that Americans should smoke less and learn more languages. 

He lectured a roomful of businessmen at the US Chamber of Commerce about the benefits of redistributing wealth and raising workers’ salaries. He told students at American University that there are no “just wars.” 

Whatever the audience, he spoke extemporaneously and with such brutal honesty that it was hard not to love the guy.

He lives simply and rejects the perks of the presidency. Mujica has refused to live at the Presidential Palace or have a motorcade. He lives in a one-bedroom house on his wife’s farm and drives a 1987 Volkswagen. “There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress,” said Mujica, referring to his time in prison. He donates over 90% of his $12,000/month salary to charity so he makes the same as the average citizen in Uruguay. When called “the poorest president in the world,” Mujica says he is not poor. “A poor person is not someone who has little but one who needs infinitely more, and more and more. I don’t live in poverty, I live in simplicity. There’s very little that I need to live.”

He supported the nation’s groundbreaking legalisation of marijuana. “In no part of the world has repression of drug consumption brought results. It’s time to try something different,” Mujica said. So in 2014, Uruguay became the first country in the world to regulate the legal production, sale, and consumption of marijuana. The law allows individuals to grow a certain amount each year and the government controls the price of marijuana sold at pharmacies. The law requires consumers, sellers, and distributors to be licensed by the government. Uruguay’s experience aims to take the market away from the ruthless drug traffickers and treat drug addiction as a public health issue. Their experiment will have reverberations worldwide.

In August 2013, Mujica signed the bill making Uruguay the second nation in Latin America (after Argentina) to legalise gay marriage. He said that legalizing gay marriage is simply recognizing reality. “Not to legalise it would be unnecessary torture for some people,” he said. In recent years, Uruguay has also moved to allow adoption by gay couples and openly gay people to serve in the armed forces.

He’s not afraid to confront corporate abuses, as evidenced by the epic struggle his government is waging against the American tobacco giant Philip Morris. A former smoker, Mujica says that tobacco is a killer that needs to be brought under control. But Philip Morris is suing Uruguay for $25 million at the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes because of the country’s tough smoking laws that prohibit smoking in enclosed public spaces and require warning labels, including graphic images of the health effects. Uruguay is the first Latin American country and the fifth nation worldwide to implement a ban on smoking in enclosed public places. Philip Morris, the largest cigarette manufacturer in the United States, has huge global business interests (and a well-paid army of lawyers). Uruguay’s battle against the tobacco Goliath will also have global repercussions.

He supported the legalisation of abortion in Uruguay (his predecessor had vetoed the bill). The law is very limited, compared to laws in the US and Europe. It allows abortions within the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy and requires women to meet with a panel of doctors and social workers on the risks and possible effects of an abortion. But this law is the most liberal abortion law in socially conservative, Catholic Latin America and is clearly a step in the right direction for women’s reproductive rights.

He’s an environmentalist trying to limit needless consumption. At the Rio+20 Summit in 2012, he criticized the model of development pushed by affluent societies. “We can almost recycle everything now. If we lived within our means – by being prudent – the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction,” he said. He also recently rejected a joint energy project with Brazil that would have provided his country with cheap coal energy because of his concern for the environment.

He has focused on redistributing his nation’s wealth, claiming that his administration has reduced poverty from 37% to 11%. “Businesses just want to increase their profits; it’s up to the government to make sure they distribute enough of those profits so workers have the money to buy the goods they produce,” he told businessmen at the US Chamber of Commerce. “It’s no mystery–the less poverty, the more commerce. The most important investment we can make is in human resources.” His government’s redistributive policies include setting prices for essential commodities such as milk and providing free computers and education for every child.

He has offered to take detainees cleared for release from Guantanamo. Mujica has called the detention center at Guantanamo Bay a “disgrace” and insisted that Uruguay take responsibility to help close the facility. The proposal is unpopular in Uruguay, but Mujica, who was a political prisoner for 14 years, said he is “doing this for humanity.”

He is opposed to war and militarism. “The world spends $2 billion a minute on military spending,” he exclaimed in horror to the students at American University. “I used to think there were just, noble wars, but I don’t think that anymore,” said the former armed guerrilla. “Now I think the only solution is negotiations. The worst negotiation is better than the best war, and the only way to insure peace is to cultivate tolerance.”

He has an adorable three-legged dog, Manuela. Manuela lost a foot when Mujica accidentally ran over it with a tractor. Since then, Mujica and Manuela have been almost inseparable.
Mujica’s influence goes far beyond that of the leader of a tiny country of only 3 million people. In a world hungry for alternatives, the innovations that he and his colleagues are championing have put Uruguay on the map as one of the world’s most exciting experiments in creative, progressive governance.

45 thoughts on “OUTLAW HEROES #10

  1. This guy seems to be a great man. I know nothing about him, only that he stopped his car to give a lift to a stranger. How did such a decent man get to become president? Everything he has done I agree with, except I do have a problem where coal is concerned. Maybe it’s my coming from a coal mining community. I am all for protecting the environment, but I am very suspicious of the “green” movement, global warming etc. With the new cleaner technology, is burning coal really that bad? We are sitting on massive coal reserves that could provide energy for a generation, as well as employment. As for destroying the rainforests, this troubles me no end. I say NOT ONE MORE TREE!!!

  2. Jose is old and wise but young people dont understand how an outlaw man can be better politician than right people.

  3. Great – but who owns his country’s central bank.?

    And he’s a Marxist.?

    I posted a different view of who and what Marx actually was and who he was REALLY working for on a previous thread, I believe – and yes, here again:-


    It appears that Marx was just one more “bankers boy’, like Trotsky, with a remit to destroy the middle classes. So sorry Outlaw if I don’t recognise this guy as a “hero” – just one more “useful idiot”.(Copyright Lenin).

    1. Miles Mathis?

      Was he the guy who wrote the article about the Tate/Manson murders being a CIA False Flag?

      The name is very familiar.

      1. That’s the guy. He seems a bit of a strange one to me. Have seen some bad comments about him. From what little I’ve seen he’s another everything’s a conspiracy merchant. It’s just my opinion but I would say buyer beware with this one. Just in case.

        1. Read the pdf. And,as you read it, bear in mind that an essential pont in Marx’s 10-point “plank” for establishing a socialist nation is – A PRIVATELY OWNED CENTRAL BANK!.Now what the hell has that got to do with a “workers state”?.

          The main reason for the American revolution was the imposition of such a bank upon America,which,within a few years,had reduced a thriving economy to massive bankruptcies & unemployment.
          Thus,in their constitution is a clause that says “congress shall coin & issue the moneys and determine the value of foreign coin thereof”.

          But in modern histories of that revolution all you’ll read about is the Boston tea party.After the revolution Alexander Hamilton succeeded in re-imposing such a central bank with a charter for 20 years. When this was up in 1812, it was not renewed, So guess what happened?

          Ever heard of the war of 1812?. And the real reason for that war at a time when Britain was in a life-or-death struggle with France.

          And I’ve read his accounts of other “conspiracies”.

          But he nails Marx better than I’ve ever read before.

          So I’ll just repeat – “who owns his countries’ central bank”.?

          1. So you ignore all the great work he has done and condemn him because the country he is President of had/has a Banking system not of his making?

            You live in Europe OG, why not get yourself elected to the EU and do something about their fiscal policy?

          2. Is everything a conspiracy in your world Old Git?

            Can’t you see that José Mujica did at least try to do something about the corrupt system?

          3. OG, I will read his pdf on Marx. I was wondering what you thought of Mathis`s other conspiracies and your take on the fella himself. As for who owns the central bank of Uruguay? I don’t know. Who owns it?

          4. “As for who owns the central bank of Uruguay? I don’t know. Who owns it?”

            PRECISELY!. Who does – and who profits from it?

            And as long as he goes along with that situation, he’s perfectly safe.

            He could give a lift to just about anyone.

            But just start issuing your nations own debt-free money and suddenly you are the worst and most evil creature on earth, Remember Ghaddaffi?

            Praised by the United Nations for his work on civil rights in Libya – until he proposed issuing a gold dinar.

            Look it up.

          5. I am well aware of what happens OG, and I am well aware of what happened to Gadaffi.

            However, banging on about the Rothschild’s and their stranglehold on the world’s economies, is not exactly breaking news – it should be common knowledge, so I will not insult the intelligence of the reader, by continually referring to what should already be obvious.

            It is like people continuing to post links to the Hampstead ‘Satanic Abuse’ nonsense, when there is a high court injunction against doing so, which I am assured will have a devastating effect on the owners of the sites the videos (and the links) are published on.

            Another thing I can see is the marked absence of people admitting they were wrong, in their rabid pursuit to promote what was quite obviously – disinformation.

          6. Mike Mathis is as entitled to his conspiracy theories as anyone else is entitled to theirs.You can read them and decide whether or not you want to believe them.

            However, at least he puts them `out there’, and all I will say in this respect is “you read – you decide”.

            I will just repeat – his analysis of the truth about Karl Marx should be standard reading for anyone who wonders why our world is in the mess it is.

            Now,as to conspiracy theories/sites generally, I follow this general idea; namely;

            You a can call someone an idiot but be aware that that “idiot” might just know one thing you didn’t know and could reveal what he knows in such a way as to destroy your arguments.

            Just sayin.

            In short, when I post on here you don’t just get the link – if I know something of the background, or some extra info that should be known, I try to spell that out.

          7. Which is exactly what I try to do OG, publish things which may, or not, be of some interest and/or merit to others.

            If anyone wants to tear them apart, so be it, but the Outlaw tries not to tell people how to think, it’s more a case of looking at things in a way that may not have been considered before.

  4. Oh dear, OG is coming under a bit of fire here! At first glance, and after the first read of this article, I myself would automatically side with OG. Anyone labelled a marxist is an enemy in my eyes! For years I considered myself what the media would call ‘far right’. But as I matured, and began to see the world for what it is, I now despise such labels.

    I have a plethora of views these days, ranging from the media’s definition of Left to Right, Marxist to Nazi, Conservative to Liberal, Democrat to Republican!

    But when it comes down to it, I will always put my people first, and that is white British, then white Europeans!

    We have to remember that OG is no spring chicken here. I myself am only 32 and have seen this country go from bad to worse over the short course of my life, and it infuriates me deeply! But for someone in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to watch a once proud white country turn in to the hell hole it is today, can’t be easy. Especially if they have not had a wealthy upbringing!

    Now, I’d also like to mention that fucking bald headed reprobate Chris Spivey! Just when you think the fucking maniac couldn’t sink any lower, he starts writing disparaging articles about a disabled pensioner that was mugged outside his home!

    Now, although we can’t prove that what he says is false, surely it must have entered this thick fucking idiots head that maybe he might have gotten it wrong?

    To take the utter piss out of someone like that is an absolute fucking liberty! I sincerely hope this sick fucking depraved maniac is sent to jail for child porn charges, and gets what he deserves!

    To me, he is worse than the piece of shit that mugged the disabled pensioner! He’s even got his sycophantic followers so brainwashed that they are even joining in on his sickening abuse of this vulnerable member of society!

    How could they sink so fucking low?????

    Sorry for the bad language, the depraved idiot and his minions have really pissed me off this time! He’s lower than a rattlesnakes belly!

    1. Konigstiger, I don’t think OG is coming under any fire here, I for one welcome his contributions, I’m in my 60s but I consider myself not particularly politically educated really, and am always open to learning more.

      OG sounds as if he has been around a long time and has vast experience.

      As for Spivey, he doesn’t half monitor this site, he and his band of mods are constantly slagging this place. Weirdly they keep mentioning Mike for some reason, that must be me I think.

      They seem to think I am outlaw as far as I can see.

      That FTS joker mentions other names also, to be honest I only go there for the freak show value lol.

      1. I don’t claim “vast experience”, but I have been around a bit in life and when I came back onto the net in 2006, I had a much better idea of what to look for than before. I’d already been an avid book reader and wondered about the truth of some of the things I’d read, but the net really opened the gates.
        On the net were suppressed books,articles that really dug into matters, sites that told truths you weren’t ever even supposed to think.
        To give you an idea – I have about 700+ sites in my “favourites” and try to visit some daily,some weekly and most of them at least once a fortnight. And read – and learn. As I’ve said before on here – you have to spend time reading a lot of different sites, and put it all together.

      1. I sound like who Carl? Don’t need any chill pills fella, whatever they are. Explain what you mean if you can. If you can’t explain, then so be it. Are you putting out feelers? Or is your comment genuine. Please feel free to ask me any questions you like, I will answer anything you you wish.

      2. Another thing, have you seen that naked guy “absailing” at Buck palace?

        Guess what gullible plonker is pushing that crap.

        He must be the biggest mug on the AM to fall for that obvious sodding hoax.

        He really will believe anything, what an absolute Muppet.

  5. Can’t put it much better than that Jimmy. Your comment is spot on. I try my best but I just can’t seem to see the good in people. I guess I’m what the media would label a misanthropist. While I’m fiercely loyal to people I like and people I trust, (even online characters such as yourself and OG), I don’t have much time for anyone else.

    I can watch people getting chopped up, beheaded, set on fire etc, and it doesn’t really stir my emotions. When it comes to animals though, I can’t handle it! Animal abuse makes me sick, brings me to tears almost! I much prefer the company of my dogs rather than humans!


    1. I also struggle at times to see the good in people KT, as I am only too aware that more people than I ever imagined – will happily turn you over in order to raise their own profile or standing or profit from your pain and misfortune.

      However, I am lucky in the respect that I also see how things could be, and should be, as opposed to how they are for far too many people.

  6. I think I’d rather have someone like José Mujica than David Cameron or any of the other greed obsessed corrupt liars we have been saddled with for my entire life and beyond.

    As for the saddo bikini wearing bandit, ah but did he actually get busted for paedo images or did he just make it up for attention and donations like the sad old drama queen is so well known for doing?

    And if he did make it up, what does that say about the freak?

    His recent court appearance seems to be related to his Rigby abuse, no mention of him being a suspect nonce.

    Maybe he is projecting something there 😉

    Trouble is, he is far closer to the age of the pensioner than he is of the 18 year old for some strange reason he actually thinks he is. He is far from fit in any meaning of the word.

    Not sure what he sees when he looks in his mirror, but it can’t be anything like the reality. A haggard, bald, aging attention obsessed liar, who people seem to have the measure of now, not a very pretty sight, no matter what his psychotic delusions tell him.

    Sad midlife crisis man, only his mid life crisis seems to have been going on at least 2 decades and he just seems to get worse.

  7. You know who I’d like to see as your next hero Jimmy? Bashar al-Assad! If ever there was someone that was worth recognition on these pages, it is him!

    Cut through the media bullshit and lets get his true story on the table!

    A British trained doctor with a gorgeous wife that stood against Israel! What more could you ask for! 🙂


    1. Indeed KT, and as the smoke clears a bit, the hysteria subsides and the scales finally fall from many people’s eyes – I believe that many of those they have been programmed by the media to hate, will be recognised for the true patriots and heroes they are/were.

          1. And I should add – he didn’t HAVE to go back to Syria.

            He had a good career here, with a skill and speciality he could take to almost any country on Earth, and be well-paid for it.

            But I think he felt an obligation to his country of birth.

            Totally unlike the self-serving money-grubbing trash we have governing us.

    2. It seems every time Assad’s forces make gains against ISIS, they get bombed by Israel.

      Funny that ain’t it.

  8. The best thing people can actually do is not to read any of his garbage, because when he knows people are actually reading it, it only encourages him, even when he knows most people are seeing him for what he is these days, a con man. For every person who goes there to read and ridicule him, he see’s it as a new stat bigging him up. He just thrives on any attention he can get, good or bad. really is quite pathetic, especially for a bloke in his 50’s.

    If he is resorting to taking the rise out of elderly disabled people – after his many articles of how the government is treating both so badly, really does tell people all they need to know. The bloke really will do anything for attention & such stories show his desperation. Who exactly does HE think he is? Something completely different to the reality that’s for sure. Ridicule is all the whelk deserves.

    Wonder if his blues brother wannabe UKIP brother is as much as a pillock.


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    1. Right. This Danish newsrag is owned by Berlingske Media which is controlled from London. The Mecon Group, (founded by David Montgomery, formerly CEO of the Mirror Group) bought 76% of the company in 2006.
      The world is full of s—!!

  10. Old Git, I was going to have a guess and say the Rothschilds, but for all I know it could be the Rockefellers, or JP Morgan, etc, etc. I am so confused by the internet it ain’t funny. The Vatican? The Jesuits? Michael Shrimpton and his DVD? The CIA? The Jews? Do you see what I mean my friend? Regarding Gaddafi yes I’m with you on that. As if the US and NATO bastards really cared about the people of Libya or anywhere for that matter. How many are left now? Iran, N.Korea, Syria didn’t go as planned for them so far, but the evil swine have destroyed the place.

    1. Mike; the Rothschilds are generally reckoned to be the main players. In 1850,when there was still some freedom of publishing, the family was estimated to be the richest on earth, with the exception of the Tzar of Russia, Emperor of China, Emperor of Japan, plus some Indian Maharajahs.

      There has never been any evidence that they gave it all to charity.

      Hope that answers your question.

      The Rockefellers are very much junior partners in the “rackets”. Important, but junior.

      The Jesuits are now fading due to old age.

      The average age of a Jesuit priest is, I believe, now about 70+.

      You don’t have a truly dynamic organisation of old men.

      So,discount all the prattle about the Jesuits.

      It’s just distraction. The real power is the Rothschilds and their lackeys; I:E.; Schiffs. Kuhns. Warburgs, Liebs, De Mocattas and A FEW OTHERS, J.P.Morgan was merely an agent, no more than that.

      But he had a nice goyim-sounding name which fooled everybody.

      1. And I should add that Baron R and his buddies don’t have to own a newspaper. All papers rely on advertising revenue, adverts are placed by companies which, from time to time, must go to a bank for loans for new equipment, etc.

        So if a paper starts putting out things that Baron R and his buddies don’t like, that papers regular advertisers will be discreetly advised that if they continue to advertise in paper X, they could have trouble getting such loans, etc.

        So they stop, paper loses money, goes bankrupt, and is either left in the gutter or gets bought out cheap by a Baron R approved outfit.

        See how it works?.

      2. Not sure about the Jesuits “fading” I believe there are a lot of Jesuit trained commanders high up in the US military. Having said that, I am no authority on the Jesuits.

  11. Sounds like we might be from the same town mate LOL. Too young to remember the uprising though, and poor Dic being hung. They didn’t even get the right man apparently.

  12. It isn’t just you lol. I can imagine this fella in any number of local pubs I know. With the way he shoots his mouth off, awwww $#!t it wouldn’t be pretty. How has he lived so long?

  13. Haha, bloody true to, and you are not even exaggerating. I haven’t been to Merthyr for years but one of the pubs, the Wyndham arms was especially errmm, interesting. All the REAL hardmen and nutters used to drink there. Anyone who tried giving it the big I am would be dealt with sharpish lol.


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    “Additionally, at briefings held by the FBI in 2005, two of the men stated that they were told if it was necessary to invoke martial law, they would take down all communications so dissidents targeted for arrest could not warn each other. ”



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  15. Seems to be a Universal problem where lying toe rags are concerned OG, sadly that even includes some people pretending to be abuse survivors. I even get hauled up by alleged abuse campaigners telling me to trust people I know are as fake as it gets, people who are involved in attacking genuine survivors, ex Lib Dems.
    Thankfully I am not quite that stupid.


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    “The way in which European nations teeter between socialism and totalitarianism amuses me. Mostly because I don’t have to live there. In France, there are two parties. They Let Muslims In So What If they Kill a Few Jews Party and the Kill All The Muslims, The Jews Can Go Next Party. In Spain the government doesn’t appreciate its citizens protesting what a shitty job it’s doing with its financial collapse so it passed a bunch of laws saying you can’t publicly say what a shitty job they’re doing. You can’t protest in the streets or carry signs or take pictures of anybody protesting or carrying signs. And you definitely can’t run down the street with your tits bouncing screaming about the new laws preventing you from doing so.

    They’re not having much luck against these flapjacked Women’s Studies majors. I doubt they’ll do much better with the public at large. Spain will never be Russia. Just too much nice weather and beaches and good food and wine.

    Fascist domination isn’t that important when you can eat cured meats and bang chicks with tan lines.”


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