42. Nutrition as a political issue

What kills more Mexicans: coke or coca? While we are being mass poisoned, many rush forward to defend their favorite snack against regulation. Rather than discussing lifestyles, the political and economical sides of nutrition should be object of debate. The perspective of nutrition can be used to critically analyze society, exposing how healthy food is…

41. Abrazos y balazos: strengthening the Mexican army

Mexico paradoxically has one of the most pacifist and most active armies in the world. Yet the army must be updated to function within a changed security context. That does not just require a close relationship with the population, but also 30mm bullets. The Mexican military paradox works as follows: Mexican foreign policy avoids military…

40. The decay of reality: on our hyper-tolerance for fake

This essay explains how we normalized living in a material and social environment that almost constantly lies to us and deceives us, and reflects on what it means to have a societal model that requires so many things to be fake. Romantic authors have complained for centuries that society became ruled by the ‘tyranny of…

39. When the opposition becomes only opposition

This essay explains why it is bad for democracy that almost the entire center and right flank of Mexican representatives are being transformed into a homogenous group of opposition, and only opposition. Much has been written about the need of a strong opposition, and their function in checking and challenging those in power. Yet given…

38. Is a left nationalism possible?

Nationalism is commonly associated with the political ‘right’, yet as a philosophy it is sufficiently empty in terms of social and economic stances to allow other ideologies to mix in elements of it. In this essay we explore how a Left nationalism could look like. Nationalism as an ideology of the political (far) right has…

37. Bidi Bidi Basta: time for structural poverty reduction.

Besides indignation, the photo shoots of the entourage of the governor of Nuevo León handing out bread to the homeless people should inspire discussion on the problem of poverty is handled by state governments. This essay explains what structural poverty reduction does and does not look like. The apparently weekly photo opportunities of the NL…

36. Placebo meritocracy: on video games and why life is hard

One source of uneasiness amongst young people is the contrast between the pervasive difficulty of steering one’s (work)life and the ideological promises of meritocracy and opportunity. In this essay we explore this tension and some of the ways society tries to fill this gab, including role playing games. For those who spend little time with…

35. A disease called Malinchismo

Reflections of a foreigner who wants to be Mexican on Mexicans who want to be foreigners; or on how Malinchismo is just concealed classism. During the latest global diplomatic offensive of Mexico, conservative commentators acted like panicked parents at a school interview. Whether it was hosting the summit of the Community of Latin American and…

34. The tragedy of overwork in a society without time

Nobody works more than Mexicans. While for some this is a matter of pride, behind this reality lies the massive abuse of the Human Right to rest and reasonable work time. We will first explore the consequences of a society without time, before proposing some alternatives. “No one is to be found who is willing…

33. Assets for the youth: a progressive take on entrepreneurship

Privileged people love to talk about entrepreneurship, but how does a progressive vision of the topic look like? We first discuss the difference between a traditional and progressive appropriation of the concept, before introducing a policy that is both social and encourages young entrepreneurs. The word ‘entrepreneur’ is of crucial ideological importance to modern society….