• Clarity and determination

    Impossible to ignore what happens in each country and the world. We have reached unsustainable limits of wealth concentration and dreadful inequalities, poverty and indigence. We must change the course and way of functioning that have generated such social and environmental disasters. Shaking and sliding in world’s geopolitics, outbreaks in every region, dominators enjoy themselves in the Titanic. Clarification and social organization advance; from homogenizing arrogance to diversity of identities; searches for economies that serve humanity and the planet germinate, with re-flourished cultures. We hope this can be achieved and especially through democratic means, as many propose, including Opinion Sur. …

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  • Institutionalized greed: shareholders and large investment funds

    Behind large corporations, other actors appear that help sustain the concentrating dynamic. They are shareholders and investment funds that, with diverse complicities, seek maximum profits without considering that their decisions affect the entire humanity and the planet. Greed eagerness goes hand in hand with the permanent attempt to cover up the damages it produces. A diversity of actors exists in the economic system, a few very powerful, some with medium power, and most of them under the others’ submission. It is a severe hierarchy where the strongest abuse their power to retain good part of the wealth produced by the …

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  • White swans or colored horses? How to qualify the crises that overlap?

    Four crises unfold in front of us and cause consternation. They have a disturbing similarity with the first four seals of the Book of Revelation in Western religious eschatology. According to a colleague from New York University, economist Nouriel Roubini (whom newspapers call “Doctor Doom”), we are facing several very serious crises, or seismic events that threaten international order. In contrast with the “black swans” that financial analyst Nassim Nicolas Taleb[1] studies, (unexpected catastrophic events), Roubini talks about “white swans” (potentially discernible catastrophes) and warns: “This year, we can see several potentially seismic white swans in the horizon. Any of …

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  • The new paradigm requires a different spirituality and its own ethics

    Such as they are, Earth and Humanity cannot go on like this, risking suffering a socio-ecological Armageddon. Several snares threaten the life-system and Earth-system: nuclear holocaust, ecological catastrophe of global warming and shortage of drinking water, socio-economic systemic catastrophe with the radicalization of neoliberalism producing an extreme accumulation at the expense of astonishing poverty, moral catastrophe with general lack of sensitivity towards large suffering majorities, political catastrophe with global resurgence of the right and corrosion of democracies. As they stand, Earth and Humanity cannot continue like this, risking suffering an eco-social Armageddon. Focusing on Brazil’s recent scenario, heavy rains in February …

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  • Initiatives

    Conflicts with native peoples – Laura Kropff Economics in Context Initiative (ECI) Advancing the theory, teaching, and application of economics to foster equitable societies in sustainable ecological surroundings. http://www.bu.edu/eci/:59 Jorge Cafrune – Yo soy el dueño de todo (I am the owner of everything)

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  • Reflections

    Regarding politics and future Politics is based on the election of alternatives, is based on thought, rational strategy. Identity is the opposite of freedom, is the opposite of election. I am white, I am black, I am Muslim, I am Christian … Politics has nothing to do with the “being,” but with becoming. Franco Berardi Regarding how to face Goliaths To face Goliaths favored by the neoconservative dynamic and the (as disguised as potent) support from Governments, we do not need an opposite-sign Goliath but rather that many David proliferate, smaller but with deepest roots and different conception. This criterion …

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