• Mistakes, consequences, and hopes

    In a world where information and analysis are severely concentrated in powerful minorities, it does not surprise us the bias with which “the” reality is presented. That leads to a mistaken perception of situations, needs, priorities and feelings. Tremendous are the consequences, from serious geopolitical conflicts to environmental destruction, wealth concentration, social disarticulation, all types of inequities, permanent social and economic instability. Access to land is a vital necessity for large population sectors. However, its property has concentrated rapidly forcing migrations and conditioning the use of the land. How to tackle this challenge so that planned popular settlements can be …

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  • Land for popular settlements and family agriculture

    Access to land is a vital necessity for large population sectors. However, its property has concentrated rapidly forcing migrations and conditioning the use of the land. It is a dimension of the unbridled process of concentration of wealth prevailing almost everywhere in the world. How to tackle this challenge so that planned popular settlements can be established and family agriculture extended? Neoliberal governments, though also some progressive ones, have only focused their priorities on defining macroeconomic policies that would prevail in the country. Of course, these are very important as they condition both the course and way of functioning of …

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  • The Thomas theorem or the price of consequences

    When a group ill defines a situation, it becomes real and dangerous in its consequences. How can we apply the theorem to issues that range from public health to geopolitics? In early days of American sociology, W. I. and Dorothy Thomas formulated a theorem that made them famous and from which we can still profit to understand many social phenomena. The theorem says, “If people define a situation as real, it becomes real in its consequences.” Through this theorem, the Thomas made us realize the ability a group has to turn into real situations that people suppose are real, by …

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  • Care as central pillar of new paradigms

    During these so difficult and unprecedented times, that humanity is enduring, care can become the foundation of other ways of relating among ourselves and with nature. Approaches of neurobiology, feminism, and worldviews of indigenous peoples constitute valuable contributions towards imagining and building new paradigms. Pandemic is not a natural catastrophe and can represent a revolutionary pause Plenty has been said and written about the pandemic from multiple perspectives—philosophical, political, economic and even religious ones—but less commented are the opinions of those who address socio-environmental causes. From such perspective, coronavirus is not the product of chance but rather an announced tragedy, …

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  • Initiatives

    A 30-year trajectory in Ecuador, must-see dialogue with Betsy Salazar https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LpUZBAM7HzkcEcGDQNH7LXVFJEg6hXUs/view Regarding land invasion https://www.pagina12.com.ar/289944-odio-las-tomas Mercedes Sosa & Eduardo Falú – Tonada del viejo amor

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  • Reflections

    Regarding life as a gift and marvel This is how we live and die, to be, to have, and to share happiness, for us and for others we love life as a gift and a marvel. Sharing freedom, dignity, and hope in each thousandth part of available time, is to brighten life, keeping it peaceful and useful, with sense of community with what lives and what is lived, light, air, earth, water. Although we die, shared happiness remains and expands. Betsy Salazar Regarding the interest of companies’ shareholders Even though shareholders tend to invest in companies that are managed according …

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