Archive for September, 2007

Karma Banana
September 4, 2007

Debating politics is probably the most excting form of dialectical gaming. Gaming because it gives us tools we eventually use for our survival in the social world. And even when it’s with bright and smart individuals, it may go beyond the boundaries of reason onto the realms of passion. But the thing with politics is that we definitely take it too seriously: Our pride makes us stubborn on changing our opinion and thus, it makes harder to understand our opponents points. And this is a good thing for me: The stronger the collision of ideas, the better the outcome in the long term, when reflection comes.

Karma Banana

After taking the reccommendation of Papamook and Patrick Dugan, I saw the excellent piece of documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. A great testimony of the coup Hugo Chavez had back in 2002 and proof of the importance of the so called Fourth Power. Yet, although the events portrayed in this documentary may certainly be important to Venezuela’s history or unknown to the institutional traditions of USA, Europe or Australia they aren’t even a novelty if we correlate them to the history of Argentina (and so many other latinamerican nations).

This documentary is about the karmic spectre that has been haunting latinamerica -the spectre of Populism, the spectre of Dictatorships. The vicious circle that keeps trapping real progress.

Throughout history, dictatorships and the shameful external politics of the United States have been the best allies of leaders such as Peron, Chavez or Castro -you know, that kind of leader that has a thrill for reforming constitutions and get eternal presidencies at the same time they declare themselves men of the people and democracy. Nobody, in its sane mind, would prefer a dictatorship. And when that happens, it only helps to expand the figure of such leaders. It happened over and over again in Argentina during the second half of the XXth century.

I’ll put a personal note here to make clear were I’m standing: My big interest for politics came when I read for the first time The Communist Manifesto, a piece of writing that still feels updated today. Since then a lot of utopias inspired me to pursue a path that would help me contribute in the process of making a better world. But when I went to Cuba for a month, it taught me many things and the essential difference of having an idea and living a reality. One thing came up clear to me: Ideologies are just like religions (but without the god thing). They only blind people behind impossible ideals and lead to massive wars.