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(en) solidaridad obrera - PARADOXES OF THE MOMENT: LOOK FOR ANOTHER WAY OUT - CARLOS TAIBO (ca, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 21 Apr 2020 09:40:19 +0300

In 2016 I published a book titled Collapse. The main thesis that he defended in his pages indicated that the horizon of a general collapse of the system that we suffer is linked above all to two major issues: climate change, on the one hand, and the depletion of energy raw materials, on the other. It added, that yes, that in no way it was possible to discard the influence of other factors that, apparently secondary, could officiate, nevertheless, like multipliers of the tensions. And among them he mentioned, by the way, the weight of epidemics and pandemics. ---- Although the balance that should be recorded in these hours has to be provisional, it seems to me that a striking scenario is making its way. This is so, I think, for two reasons. The first calls attention to the weight of these apparently secondary factors and, more precisely, to the accumulated momentum that they seem to exhibit. At first it was, certainly, the pandemic. But to it have been added, with enormous speed and intensity, the effects of a social fracture of unfathomable profiles, those of the increasingly visible crisis of care, those of a financial anxiety that announces conflicts everywhere and, for leave it there, those of another pandemic, now of a repressive-authoritarian nature, which seems to have come to stay. It is not superfluous, under this accumulation of circumstances, to suggest,

I am going, however, for the second reason that I invoked. The great paradox of the present moment is that the rules that have been marking the course of the two great issues that I mentioned in my book - climate change and the depletion of energy raw materials - have changed, certainly in a light way, for the better . It is known that the levels of pollution have receded in almost the entire planet, that the consumption of fossil fuels has also declined and that the aggressive touristification of recent years has experienced a brutal brake. Although everything, or almost everything, announces that these three processes exhibit a fleeting character, they have the virtue of reminding us that it is possible, that it is urgent, to move the pieces differently.

Neither the international organizations, nor the governments, nor the employers, nor the claudicant unionism seem to have taken note of this. The bet of all these instances is today, cheekily, for a return to the scenario prior to that of the coronavirus. In many cases, perhaps the majority, the return would entail, in addition, one more setback, the umpteenth, in the social field, in the workplace, in the care and in the repressive. That universal wager of the really existing powers means, obscenely, that the great questions connected with the collapse will once again be put to the benefit of a new flight forward. Unequivocally, the latter will result in the use of a formidable media machinery at the service of the corresponding project. Only a brief minority has understood, meanwhile,

Someone will think, with respectable criteria, that a project as radical as the one I am proposing is superfluous in a scenario marked by endless problems of all kinds that harass us at these times. In response, I will limit myself to recovering a piece of information, very illuminating, that has run around the last few days. According to a study in Forbes magazine , the reduction in pollution registered in China in recent months seems to be called to save 77,000 lives, a figure 25 times higher than that of the officially recognized victims, in that country, as a result of the coronavirus. What to think about, right?

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