World’s Poorest President Urges Public To Kick The Wealthy Out Of Politics

World's poorest President urges public to keep wealthy people out of politics

The Uruguayan President Jose “Pepe” Mujica, known as the world’s poorest President, has urged members of the public worldwide to kick out rich people from politics. 

Mujica, often described as the “world’s most humble president”, retired from office in 2015 with an approval rating of 70 percent. In an interview with CNN en Español this week the former Uruguay leader criticised world leaders for not truly representing the people.

We invented this thing called representative democracy, where we say the majority is who decides,” Mujica told CNN. “So it seems to me that we [heads of state] should live like the majority and not like the minority.” reports:

Mujica reportedly donates 90 percent of his salary to charity. Mujica’s example offers a strong contrast to the United States, where in politics the median member of Congress is worth more than $1 millionand corporations have many of the same rights as individuals when it comes to donating to political campaigns.

“The red carpet, people who play — those things,” Mujica said, mimicking a person playing a cornet. “All those things are feudal leftovers. And the staff that surrounds the president are like the old court.”

Mujica explained that he didn’t have anything against rich people, per se, but he doesn’t think they do a good job representing the interests of the majority of people who aren’t rich.

“I’m not against people who have money, who like money, who go crazy for money,” Mujica said. “But in politics we have to separate them. We have to run people who love money too much out of politics, they’re a danger in politics… People who love money should dedicate themselves to industry, to commerce, to multiply wealth. But politics is the struggle for the happiness of all.”

Asked why rich people make bad representatives of poor people, Mujica said: “They tend to view the world through their perspective, which is the perspective of money. Even when operating with good intentions, the perspective they have of the world, of life, of their decisions, is informed by wealth. If we live in a world where the majority is supposed to govern, we have to try to root our perspective in that of the majority, not the minority.”

Mujica has become well known for rejecting the symbols of wealth. In an interview in May, he lashed out against neckties in comments on Spanish television that went viral.

“The tie is a useless rag that constrains your neck,” Mujica said during the interview. “I’m an enemy of consumerism. Because of this hyperconsumerism, we’re forgetting about fundamental things and wasting human strength on frivolities that have little to do with human happiness.”

He lives on a small farm on the outskirts of the capital of Montevideo with his wife, Uruguayan Sen. Lucia Topolansky and their three-legged dog Manuela. He says he rejects materialism because it would rob him of the time he uses to enjoy his passions, like tending to his flower farm and working outside.

“I don’t have the hands of a president,” Mujica told CNN. “They’re kind of mangled.”

  • Jorn Jakob Albert Boor


    • JiKwonnie

      lets not make this about the science budget. science is important to ensure we live for the future.

  • Carmen Malaree

    Mujica has stood his ground when it comes to politics, money and fame. The strange thing is that he is paraded as an example of good practice in politics by politicians who have dedicated their lives in politics for their own personal gain. He was invited to give a a talk to the Chilean congress, where politicians (from the right and left of the political spectrum) are quite discredited, where their salaries are a thousand times the minimum salary and where politics is entrenched in a kind of family dynasty. Mujica was addressing these people and telling them in their faces what they are really like, and yet, they do not seem to get the message.

    • Renee Knight

      Unfortunately, they never will get it.
      Greed is oblivious to reality.

      • Judy

        They do get it, Renee. They just don’t care.

  • Gary Williams

    It’s dangerous to be right, when the government is WRONG.

  • Greg Burton

    Rockefeller: ¿En serio? Mujica: Estoy bromeando!

  • bosunj

    Sounds rational to me.

    I’d take it further than Mujica. Out of the gene pool is more appropriate.

  • MrLucky Doodle

    A wise and admirable man.

  • salekin

    I think Mujica is a blessing for today’s world . But unless the economy improves , he will fail to make sustainable changes. After all humans are slaves to their needs and lust .

    • Gustav Alsina

      He’s no longer president of Uruguay so your flawed assumption that he will fail to make “sustainable” changes falls on an empty bucket. Among many improvements, that would (should) shame other Big Nations, Uruguay is 100% free of oil dependency as it has developed an extremely effective solar, electric productivity. Be damned if that is not sustainable. And yes, he is a blessing, as you accurately said.

  • darthangel

    He is right about neckties, they serve the same function that long fingernails served on the Chinese Imperial elite when China slipped into decadence. It is a symbol for communicating that you do so little manual labor that you can afford to wear something that only gets in the way.

    • Distressed7

      The cable tow. The tie. It is a Freemasonic symbol of subservience. In the women’s counterpart, the Order of the Eastern Star, there is a ritual where the women lead the men around the circle of the pentagram signifying the male obedience and subjection, and submission to the female principle. The source of life.

  • Scott Adams

    The man has a point and speaks the truth. It politician’s who have forgotten who they work for and why they are supposed to listen to the majority. We have made it a bad thing to be American with free will and thought. Free speech has become political correctness so that non Americans have a greater say . Being offended by American idealism and values should leave us all to say , DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS ON YOUR WAY OUt. But instead were told we can say or do things that are American and most sit idle by as government gets bigger and our pockets empty . We are divided as people for the goal to pull blacks into Islam while Christian values are being eradicated in the minds of the people and Islam glorified to attrack those who are uncertain about there faith and who have fallen for the race baiting . Many won’t LISTEN to the truth and follow blindly without asking questions or looking at the big or hole picture. I pray that we can repair this country unite the people not as color but as Americans so we regain the pride of being American and freedoms and luxury of acting as such .

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  • Helen Sarah

    not only the wealthy, but selfish, evil, useless and etc. Choose those who is spiritual and not materialistic.

  • Jonathan Wint

    Truly Great Man.

  • Distressed7

    I am fully aware that the so called free world is run by a bi-ped species of river leech, with voice enhanced communication techniques.

  • Lijn Schutte

    Nice article. But why – I wonder – is it illustrated with this photograph of a crying Mujica? The man is alive and kicking butt. Not a seniel emotional wrack. Do something about that picture, I’d say.

    • Danny ayyash

      Maybe his tears are for the PEPOLE of the oppressed

  • Atlantis

    He is my hero, very admirable!

  • Peter Zaz

    He reminds me of Clem Jones (ex Lord Mayor of Brisbane). It is said he never took a wage, while as Mayor. His vision and actions included installing sewerage throughout Brisbane. Now days the B.C.Council pays their CEO over $500,000 pa, and the Mayor is not far behind. Wouldn’t If be great if they had to prove their worth to ratepayers. CEO should try to explain if their 10 times smarter, work 10 times harder or longer than most workers.