Powerful international groups together with local accomplices have swept away entire countries. The reconstruction of those countries is now a great challenge as it is not about restoring the same processes that took them to the debacle but rather to establish other courses and ways of functioning.
A myriad of countries have been swept away by the action of powerful international groups operating with local accomplices. They have made profit out of an endless greed and harsh indifference for the consequences with which they punished large majorities.
Recovering those devastated countries does not mean restoring old-time processes that one way or the other, resulted in the calamitous conditions they ended up. It will be necessary to avoid returning to previous dynamics and foster other courses and ways of functioning. As it is needed to dismantle the mechanisms that reproduce the unbridled concentration of wealth and decisional power, it is crucial to identify experiences that were led by those who resisted the concentrating advancement. These people and, certainly, new generations are call on to have a leading role in recovering their societies.
Although it emerges from the received merciless punishments and injustices, vengeance is the worst adviser for the needed reconstruction to address. There are other approaches to closing wounds; judging those responsible for social destruction providing them with due process guarantees, guarantees that the peoples did not have.
The purpose is to cut the dreadful spirals of retaliations that never end and allow for liberated societies to concentrate into building better futures. Justice (once reformed in its composition and normative framework) should do its job with the collaboration of organizations that support memory and help with investigations.
Actors that swept away countries took advantage of their dominant position for appropriating wealth generated by the entire society. So much were the greed and belittlement of the rest of the population that those groups also evaded taxes, did not pay fair royalties and flight the obtained loot abroad. With that, they asphyxiated every attempt of sustainable and sovereign development. To get out of the swamp it will be necessary to establish transforming strategies bearer of what peoples long for and then implement them with determination and creativity.
In that context, it is of full justice to recover the ill-gotten resources and help them finance the recovery of devastated countries. Something hard to achieve but impossible to ignore.
Each country circumstances and moment will condition how to recover stolen and fled wealth, which do not represent small numbers but rather billions. As well as criminals are condemned for robbing banks or defrauding persons, devastators should be judged and the return of what was stolen from their peoples secured. Damage has been so serious that there is no place for starting over with a clean slate.
Priorities of reconstruction
In the article “Another economy, another country“, published last month, some of the main challenges to address to rebuild devastated countries were mentioned. Among them, it is worth mention the need for deactivating financial speculation and the actions of swallow capitals concentrating resources and organizational efforts in support of real economy and employment, gradually transforming productive structure to make it inclusive and sustainable with policies that preclude market power abuses and promote the emergence of new economic actors, fully reforming justice so that it no longer is a defense trench for the powerful. As well as democratizing the media and politics funding to decolonize minds and the perverse way in which subjectivities are being formatted today, recovering the decisional sovereignty of each country without beating around the bush, supporting permanent popular clarification and reinforcing social organizations that sustain and custody of full democracies.
Political foundation of the reconstruction
Recovering devastated countries demands that new strategies help dismantle the dark underworld of political crimes that compromise the state of law and democratic functioning. Rebuilding devastated countries will always be an uphill effort if we are not able to transform the prevailing correlation of forces, critical political dimension that will become an unsurmountable restriction if not considered. This is not simple for the institutional traps and trenches established to protect privileges. The razers have appropriated the most diverse power springs, generating media concentration, infiltration in political parties, cooptation of opinion leaders, biased judicial systems, and think tanks that provide them with ideological coverage. Tremendous cases that are being uncovered.
One of such cases is unlawful associations that are created to neutralize leaders that oppose the devastating submission. It greatly calls our attention that these types of attacks against transforming leaders has been developed with similar methodologies in very different countries around the world. They appear as new ways of domination adapted to technological times and popular awakening.
Although with local peculiarities, in essence, these actions are threading diverse instances. Heads of the unlawful association linked with concentrated power chose actors that they need to neutralize. Intelligence services that answer to them mobilize searching for compromising aspects in those actors’ trajectories. If they find some, they gather those criminal or quasi-criminal records in what is called “carpetazo”, means for pressuring actors. With those threats in their hands, the devastators coopt actors and turn them on their favor; examples abound regarding politicians or judges that suddenly change opinions, before confronting privilege, and then end up being functional to the dominators.
When intelligence services are not able to collect factual evidence against those actors they try to discredit, they invent or forge criminal cases. For that purpose, they use scripted depositions of alleged “repentant.” That is, people coerced to declare against previous allies in return for not being convicted or, if they are, to receive lesser sentences. As coaction cannot become transparent, false allegations are filtered to legislators or addict journalists that can adduce not being able to reveal their sources to protect them. Then, kindred media publish infinite times such falsehood adding or deforming details to grant an aura of verisimilitude to the fraudulent campaign launched by the unlawful association. In this way, public opinion is manipulated until prosecutors and judges intervene, who are also part of the unlawful association. As necessary accomplices, they betray their mandate and initiate the proceedings charging those denounced and, frequently, incarcerating them even before being convicted.
False denounces or those that might end up being true refer to acts of corruption of those who confront the devastators. What is not denounced is the multimillionaire robbery that the own devastators are making through public policies that facilitate and rig the crimes they commit. With the power they control, they secure an impunity fence that it is not easy to trespass. It is outrageous and painful to see that the large corrupts parade around with thus obtained fortunes, at the expense of countries’ and societies’ wellbeing.
In the end, it is worth noting the essentially political and value-related nature of the task of rebuilding devastating countries. Even though it is a multidimensional effort that includes economics, culture, environment, education, public health, housing rights, strengthening of social organization, institutional transformation, and so forth, the intertwining of all these dimensions should target changing the prevailing correlation of forces, critical factor to secure sustainability of the new course and way of functioning. Failing to do so, forces that destabilize popular-base governments will continue to operate, producing the recurrent setbacks that history of humanity shows.
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