Editor’s Note

The neoliberal reflux

It is not by chance rather by cause that, when the tremendous social and environmental impacts produced by the unbridled concentration of wealth became unveiled, a neoliberal reflux has appeared …

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Gagged understanding

The tremendous process of concentration of wealth that prevails in the world (62 people have concentrated the same wealth as 3.6 billion people) punishes large majorities keeping them poor or pushing them back in their level of life and so-hardly-fought rights, mercilessly destroys the environment with its irresponsible predatory action, undermines social cohesion and intensifies antagonisms among countries, enthrones endless greediness and the selfishness of just caring for one’s own interest without considering the aspirations and sufferings of the rest. In this context, the uneasiness expands at an alarming rate in multiple directions. It is not by chance that such lava of furiousness and frustration is not focused on transforming the diverse modalities that have the concentrating process, not the only but one of the main responsible factors for today’s commotion and instability. It happens that those who have seized the global course rudder have managed to implant mechanisms for diverting the transforming potential to prevent their interests and privileges being affected. These mechanisms are a powerful arsenal to manipulate and domesticate popular will: it combines dissuasive means (the power to impose and repress) with alienation and disorientation means (colonization of minds, trivialization of life, and alienation of conducts). The ability to understand what is going on becomes dangerously threaten. The articles of this issue of Opinion Sur, From inequality to instability, The accabadora, and The atomic bomb and the Olympic games, converge on the challenge to understand critical instances of our realities. Greetings The Editors

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Our world and that of the elites

Entrepreneurial, political, media and judiciary elites have seized the global rudder and that of many national governments establishing two overlapped worlds: one of the elites and the other of large majorities of population. The elites’ world commits a myriad of abuses that mercilessly punish the vulnerable, destroy the environment, and suck out the value generated by the entire humanity. To achieve that, it cultural and economically subdue the majorities; it appropriates strategic results that condition the trajectories of our societies and colonizes the minds to sterilize resistances. If that were not enough, elites have the power to destabilize popular-base democratic governments until they are ousted.   The challenge that many of us assume is transforming through political interventions this order imposed behind the back of the world population. It is a tough but necessary path to face. It is an uphill climb full of obstacles, such as: international agreements the elites try to impose in negotiations hidden from public opinion, the imposition of public policies that keep down defenses when face with the possibility of a new global crises, as well as by ignoring a diversity of collective heroes that struggle every day to restore better life spaces. These are issues we address this month, identifying problems and outlining possible, alternative courses of action. Greetings   The Editors

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Neoliberalism, colonization of minds, and search for better referential utopias

In Opinion Sur we have been pointing out that the manipulation of consciences is steadily expanding around the globe generating serious constraints for peace and general wellbeing. Against that there is no place for a stunned gaze. It is necessary to redouble efforts to disentangle what is happening and support those who are able to build new courses and way of functioning. In this issue we analyze the social cost of several decades of concentrating and globalizing neoliberalism in United States, how colonization of minds is used to subdue societies that are driven to support or tolerate policies that infringe upon their own interests and needs, and how people’s culture can be the basis for building an inclusive and sustainable referential utopia. Greetings,   The Editors

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Selective warnings against corruption

Corruption cannot be condoned and must be social and legally condemned. What is inadmissible is that certain acts of corruption get reported as part of political operations against popular-based governments while it remains ignored and hidden the large corruption done every day of every year by powerful concentrated groups and their accomplices in the media, politics, and the judiciary. An irrefutable indicator is that in tax havens/heavens just 3% of the ill-gotten resources deposited there come from corruption, 30% from organized crime, and the remaining huge 2/3 come from great corporations and rich people. It is the old tale of incarcerating burglars with loudspeakers and pretended indignation, while those who destroy entire nations live secure in the opulence and impunity that they surely know how to purchase. In this issue of Opinion Sur we resume this subject from a geopolitical vision as well as in the context of captured democracies.   Greetings, The Editors

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