Presumably they have brought it from the past. Perhaps from their elders’ acts of violence. Or the product of cultural or monetary inheritance. Perhaps the early childhood influenced by films of superheroes and villains based on the American way of life… and death. Perhaps raised in environments of dual morality, in which transgressing the rules was forbidden, unless particular benefit was obtained from it. They were certainly inoculated by tutors, teachers and doctors -from private schools and universities first and American later- with a fierce McCarthyism against everything popular or left-wing. It is difficult to know why and when someone anesthetizes all empathy and becomes an individual prone to cruelty.
The principal characteristic of these individuals, however, is their obedience to power. It is the vile being who, obedient to the law of the most powerful, rapidly transforms his demeanor from a self-confident man into a servile lackey.
The most sagacious psychological analysis cannot halt, prevent or remedy the severe consequences of his actions, notwithstanding evidence of mental disorder. It is not even worth pausing to detail personal traits. They are disposable fuses, cotillion extras. They are mannequins placed by capital in a window of mirages, to conceal the threads and obscure the plot.
The Sorrows are Ours, the Projects are Foreign
The political project of the Latin American right is not its own, much less mandated by the population. In the short term, the plan implies destroying leftist and progressive political structure. Expel the poor from the new trenches of conquered rights. Liquidate the social property accumulated in projects of national scale. Lower their national flags, bury the common ones and hoist the imperial one. In short, to turn back the clock of emancipatory advance.
These projects are articulated from the minorities, who through (i)legal subterfuges and manipulation, succeed in violating the theoretical popular sovereignty of the current “timocracies”.
Minorities that are grouped in all latitudes around the banks, in whose slate of power the appropriation of natural resources and the massive mechanisms of connection and diffusion (and alteration) of common sense figure as a strategic primary.
All this is part of the new old plutocratic scheme, in which the people make no decisions. The only difference, perhaps, is that local aristocracies, while enjoying the privileges of the game, are nothing but pawns of hyper-concentrated transnational minorities. The much-mentioned 1%, and much fewer too.
The rapaciousness of neoliberal projects is not the result of the inefficiency of the soulless at the beginning. They are not incompetent, but they are overseers. The sorrows are ours, the projects are alien…
Vertices of the Retrocession Project
History is made up of progressive stages of human emancipation. Each advance corresponds to a relative acceptance and reaction, both in the strata of the new beneficiaries and in that of the detractors. The phenomena of transformation are not homogeneous, because societies are not homogeneous. They play an intrinsic role, not only in the modification of surface social roles, but also within the internal context, in the evaluations made by different generations, social and cultural fringes that cohabit within the human sphere as a whole.
Before the speed and magnitude of the social growth experienced in recent times, the reactive pendulum mechanics is exploited today by powerful sectors that lead the backward reflux so as not to lose the reins. Reflux that we could call “restoration”, although this term often includes a sense of repair and improvement, which is certainly not the case. A restoration that has different vertices.
Social regression requires few explanations. This is about the breakdown, to the fullest extent possible, of all shared social responsibility, by reinstalling the sole authority of capital. By reason – distortion- or force. Above all by force.
Therefore, almost all the agreements that the Latin American right-wing parties make with the U.S. and Israeli governments revolve around the arms race and systems of surveillance and “security”.
Empowered global diversity stands against the imposition of white supremacy, which conquered by fire and blood’ during centuries of colonization. To sustain the dictatorship of European civilization (of which the United States is a main appendix) it is necessary to suffocate – today as yesterday – the rebellion of Blacks, Indigenous, Mestizos and Creoles in their demand for social justice and sovereignty. It is necessary to imprison their leaders, to give them the sanctuary of corruption, to trample on their honour in the public space. It is essential to imprison their leaders, to foist upon them the sanctity of corruption, to trample on their honour in the public square, thus establishing – today as yesterday – an exemplary punishment of destiny that falls to anyone who dares to contradict or doubt the immutability of the sacrosanct and natural order of racial hierarchies.
The ongoing global revolt is not merely social, geopolitical or cultural. It shakes the dusty shelf of ideas and beliefs, drives new habits, explores new paths in search of options. Technological progress today allows us to think of alternatives unprecedented in all previous history. Established patterns are cracking.
In the face of this, the reaction is virulent. Fundamentalist movements grow by taking root on the periphery, providing containment to abandoned social groups and projecting their retrograde demands with ever greater political power.
In Latin America, Christian fundamentalism is seen as a neo-Pentecostal invasion directed from the extremist and conservative sector of the United States, which aims to lead the human flock once again astray into the corral of morals and outdated cosmogonies. Ultimately, it is a retrotraction of human history.
Nations that emerged from the colonial yoke in the Americas, Africa and Asia achieved political independence but remained economically dependent. In recent decades, this has begun to vary substantially.
The gigantic economic growth of the countries in Asia, together with the increase in their South-South relations with Africa and Latin America, corresponded to a move away from the virtual commercial monopoly imposed on these regions by Europe and the United States.
In addition, there was an impulse for regional integration that was essential to complement development possibilities, to agree on common political positions and not to be swallowed up by the pressures of the dominant powers in the international arena.
To this end, various organizations such as UNASUR, MERCOSUR, ALBA and, more recently, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) converge in Latin America. The latter is characterized by a determined vision of regional sovereignty, which excludes the historical pretense of intervention by the United States and its unconditional ally (hostage?), Canada.
In the face of this global reconfiguration of forces, the restorative reaction aspires to curtail China’s rise, its investment ties, trade and its sources of energy supply. At the same time, the offensive is aimed at crushing popular political resistance, repositioning right-wing governments through coups d’état of greater or lesser sophistication. The alignment of these governments with the imperial strategy demands the removal of institutions of sovereign integration and their “replacement” by ghosts and hypocritical “de-ideologized forums” such as Prosur.
This false process of integration serves the purpose of creating a new, more or less formal forum in South America under the U.S. leadership, to continue the siege of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and attack the Process of Change led by Evo Morales in Bolivia. Simultaneously, the United States-controlled alliance will eventually function as a deterrent against multilateral investment – especially from China – and will operate as a perilous agent for US (and NATO) military action in the region.
To this end, the governments of the Latin American right collaborate, acting as disintegrating and divisive factors. For the purposes of the title of this article, however, we must concede that sometimes they succeed in combining two different concepts in the same word.
Javier Tolcachier is a researcher at the World Center for Humanist Studies and a communicator at the international news agency Pressenza.
Translation by Internationalist 360°