• Borrowed words. Understand to tell it. Understand to change it.

    “This issue that you have in your hands means fulfilling a dream for us. Putting a limit on dominant discourse using noble weapons with which we practice what we know. (…) We do not wish to arrogate anything that might exceed us, but we know that when the balance of these dark times is made, which always arrives, the contents of our magazine will be recognized as a contribution to the battle against oblivion and dis-memory. Not the main, not the only one. (…) We were where we ought to be when others bowed their heads, or refused to understand …

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  • Hélio Jaguaribe 1923-2018

    From a generational and biological point of view, he could have been my father. From an intellectual point of view, he was. Helio Jaguaribe was a great Latin American patriot, a thinker as those who no longer exist, from the metaphysical speculation, passing through geopolitics, up to the thorough description of social and political processes. A whole generation of social scientists was inspired by his work. In the pages of his profuse production, Helio is still alive and current. I was already reading him in my youth when I met him In United States (he was a visiting lecturer at …

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  • The eclipse of ethics today

    Two factors have reached the ethics’ core: the globalization process and the commoditization of society.   During July 10-13, 2018, it was held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, an international conference organized by the Society of Theology and Religious Studies (SOTER) on the theme Religion, Ethics and Politics. The presentations were of great current interest and top-level. I will only refer to the discussion about the Eclipse of Ethics that I had to introduce. The way I see it, two factors have reached the heart of ethics: the process of globalization and commodification of society. Globalization has shown different types of ethics, according to cultural differences. Western ethics …

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  • Initiatives

    Strategic Impasse: The Social Bases of Geopolitical Decline  – Juan Eugenio Corradi This book analyzes the social causes of the inability of United States, and in general of all Western countries, to tackle the urgent planetary challenges. It studies the social dynamic unfolded by the late global capitalism and the demagogic manipulation of popular unrest. It looks into the future of international relations and proposes an alternative. See the book   Remembering Samir Amin Globalization: transnationalization of the economy, the challenge of globalization Read the article   Mercedes Sosa – Serenata para la tierra de uno

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  • Reflections

    Regarding investment in financial markets Monopolistic rent is not reinvested in production, as there is no demand. Therefore, it escapes to invest in financial markets. Financial investments of this growing surplus are the only possibility for continuing with the accumulation controlled by monopolies. It is the so-called financiarization of the economic system. The expansion of investment in financial markets of the last quarter of the century has no precedents in history. The volume of transactions in these markets is more than 2.500 trillion dollars, while global GDP is 70 trillion dollars. In this sense, speculation is not an additional vice, …

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