Quarantine (XI): The Fragile Truce

Reinaldo Iturriza López Man with a mask. Cappuccinos, Caracas. Photo: Dikó. Cacri Photos Collective A Slap in the Face for Humanity The news and testimonies coming from the popular neighbourhoods of Guayaquil, Ecuador, about tens and maybe hundreds of corpses in houses and streets (1), is a slap in the face not only for the…

The Pandemic and the End of the Neoliberal Era

Atilio A. Boron The coronavirus has unleashed a torrent of reflections and analyses that have as a common denominator the intention to outline the (diffuse) contours of the kind of society and economy that will re-emerge once the scourge has been controlled. There are plenty of reasons to enter into that kind of speculation, which…

Quarantine (X): The Day After the Pandemic

Reinaldo Iturriza López Photo: Giuliano Salvatore Thinking about the world we live in In our homes, as most Venezuelans are, and as it should be, occupied with the care of our sons, daughters and relatives, the occasion is propitious to think about the world in which we live, instead of becoming absorbed in fear. Perhaps…

Mystified Consciousness

Andy Merrifield Like in the 1930s, whiffs of fascism are in the air. Demagogic chauvinism is thriving across the globe and tolerance has undergone core meltdown. Nationalism is alive and apparently well. Borders are getting staked out, walls erected, and mass media—especially social media—saturate us with misinformation morning, noon, night, and much of the time…

Chile: The Massacre in Barbecho

Manuel Cabieses Donoso The signs are very clear: the right-wing are preparing the ground for a massacre that will impose public order. There are more than twenty massacres in our history that enshrine multiple murder as a brutal corrective method when people go beyond their historical attempts to shake off exploitation. Massacre does not mean…

Quarantine (VIII): Neoliberalism and Popular Classes: The Mutation in Progress

Reinaldo Iturriza López Photo: Giuliano Salvatore Reorienting the View A process of mutation is underway in Venezuelan society, in the system of government, which affects not only our physicality, but also our ways of feeling and thinking. The “humanitarian rationale”, with its trail of de-citizenization and depoliticization, is gaining ground. One part of the political…

Quarantine (VII): The Restless Neoliberal Dream

Reinaldo Iturriza López Neoliberalism from below In a very schematic way, I would say that the contribution of Veronica Gago in her extraordinary work La razón neoliberal, involves: the recovery of the concepts of governmentality and biopolitics (Foucault) as a starting point for thinking about the question of neoliberalism; the problematization of the concept of…

Our Latin America

Frei Betto Latin America, with its 638 million inhabitants, is today the most unequal region in the world. After a decade of reducing poverty and inequality, the rates are again worrying, due to tax evasion and cuts in social programs. As national economies have shrunk, some 20% of the population is now considered vulnerable. And…

Díaz-Canel: A New Spectre is Sweeping the World

A new spectre is sweeping the world, says Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez. He warns that neoliberalism promoted in Latin America by the United States made citizens more unequal, poorer, less protected and led them to distrust politicians. “Cuba alerts, at the same time, that the battle against neoliberalism and imperialism will be tougher, insofar…

Emir Sader: “Neoliberalism is Incompatible with Democracy”

Hector Bernardo Emir Sader is an outstanding Brazilian sociologist and political scientist of prolific academic production and renowned social militancy. On Monday, December 9, Sader received the Rodolfo Walsh Award at the Faculty of Journalism and Social Communication of the National University of La Plata (UNLP). As part of his visit to the city, Sader…

Quarantine (VI): On the Socialist Art of Governance

Reinaldo Iturriza López To Govern Socially When, in June 2010 (1), I first made use of the concept of governmentality, I did so in order to pose a question that seemed crucial and urgent at the time: what does it mean to govern socially? At that time I identified at least three situations: On the…

Bolivia, a Second Evangelization by Blood and Fire

Ollantay Itzamná Police with crucifix in hand go out to repress in Bolivia “Bolivia for Christ. Never again will Pachamama return to the Palace”, was the triumphalist sentence of Luis Camacho (one of the main visible local actors of the civic-Christian-military coup d’état) when he imposed the Bible on the Bolivian Creole flag in the…