• 2019 and what follows

    A tradition that some practice and others do not is to begin the New Year by stating some resolutions to carry out, even when they frequently can slide towards a collection of wishes and desires. Our New Yorker-Argentinean coeditor intends to follow that tradition, but, uncontrollable his temper, first he wants to shock us so that he can then present his ideas and previsions regarding what might happen in the complex and always changing geopolitical scenario of the contemporary world. Aiming high, he forces us to reflect. In the Development Section, we continue with the effort of unveiling interests and …

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  • “Truths” that are impositions: the case of large corporations’ profits

    In economics, there are issues presented as undisputable “truths” which in reality are used to impose interests and privileges that cannot be defended in open air. An example is how large corporations’ profits are seen and presented, how they are obtained and distributed. It is critical to make explicit what might be concealed to consider new options. Prevailing common sense says that enterprise’s profits belong to their owners which, in the case of corporations, are their shareholders. It is argued that such is the case because other actors that make the productive process possible have their own compensations. Thus, let …

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  • Geopolitical Provocations for 2019

    The following opinions are their own summary.  Their combined lesson is:  the old order is crumbling and there is no new order –only a series of paradoxical and self-defeating reactions without clear strategies. It is time to think out of the box.   It is common for people to start every month of January with one or more “New Year’s Resolutions.”  I start with a bunch of statements that are meant to shock a little and then restart our ideas and actions  –a bit like a cardiac defibrillator.  The geopolitical propositions that follow are not predictions, nor are they the …

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  • Are we afraid of thinking?

    Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth—more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established ‘institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. But if thought is to become the possession of many, not the privilege of the few, we must have done with fear. It is fear that holds men back — fear lest their cherished beliefs should prove delusions, fear lest the institutions by which they live should prove harmful, fear …

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  • Initiatives

    Excellent presentation of Rita Segato’s thought     Definition of illegitimate, illegal, hateful and unsustainable debt Article   Mercedes Sosa – Solo le Pido a Dios

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  • Reflections

    Regarding a love poem written 3,500 years ago I have many motives for internal and external sadness, as any other person; but that does not prevent me from living hopeful and consoled. Poetry is of great consolation. I remember a Chinese, anonymous, poem written 3,500 years ago: a shepherd looks after his herd, with an intense cold, far from his wife who is at home and imagines her by the fire sewing; the last verse says: He listens to the noise of her scissors in the deep night. The fact that this poem was written such a long time ago …

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