• From the concentration of wealth and decisional power to full democracies

    Humanity is going through a destructive phase of unbridled concentration of wealth and decisional power; its results have been widely identified and denounced. Even though spaces for resistance and transformation desires germinate, it still remains to be seen how large majorities organize to establish new courses and ways of functioning. Contemporary trajectory is social and environmentally unsustainable; the economies must be subordinated to the general wellbeing and protection of the environment, giving way to political processes that lead in peace, equity, transparency and justice. We need a referential utopia that guides and harmonizes such large diversity of actors, tensions, interests …

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  • Options for popular economy

    Transition from the very small to medium scale ventures of the popular economy. Can it be addressed? What kind of support is needed?   We have said that popular economy is not like a hunting preserve to leave the poor and marginalized cornered; on the contrary, it can be transformed in one of the founding columns of the new course and way of functioning orientated towards the general wellbeing and the protection of the environment. However, a very strong dynamic concentrator of wealth and decisional power prevails in the world, which considers popular economy as a space to be ignored …

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  • Will reason, wisdom, and justice find refuge?

    A spectrum is cycling the globe. Neo fascism has taken over several governments and the imagination of many as well. The last to fall into this state was Brazil. It is urgent to review a not-too-distant past in which this happened and appreciate the resources of resistance and history of an eventual recovery of culture and civilization. Meanwhile, today as yesterday, the media wants to make us believe otherwise.   Looking around my library, I realize that we are at the verge of a social and cultural catastrophe. I linger on some volumes. Thus, I see that historian Dolores Pla …

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  • CRISIS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF REDEFINING WELFARE STATE

    Cartoon with people showing signs saying “without a job,” “without a house,” “without medicines,” “without education” and the last one says “without shame” while standing over the sign for Fiscal Heaven   In the context of great process of concentration of wealth and main decisions that prevails in the world, it is worth asking whether Welfare State has died, is no longer viable or sustainable or, on the contrary, new variants could be adopted today? Moreover, will it be a wellbeing for whom, a simple idealism or a referential utopia that can orientate trajectories in the countries? At this point …

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  • Initiatives

    Open class-Constitutional guarantees and judicial processes An excellent clarification exercise for those of us who are not lawyers (only in Spanish).       Brazil: democracies also die democratically. Boaventura de Sousa Santos Read article in Spanish   Master in Social Economy—National University of General Sarmiento Browse the program in Spanish

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  • Reflections

    Regarding what we should debate about and solve after the flood We should start thinking about the huge task that we will need to undertake after the flood. Central issues of our State and that we should debate about and solve are, for example: control of the presidential power, cabinet of ministers, federal co-participation, media plurality, legislative control over indebtedness, ownership of legislative seats, political parties’ financing, intelligence services, role of the Armed Forces, control over security agencies, constitutional tribunal, national cassation, judiciary council, defense of the environment, original peoples, participatory budgets, economic and social council, and a long etcetera. …

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