23. Resisting the Big Tech takeover

You are being monitored right now, and as if connected by an invisible blood transfusion, are constantly empowering the already powerful. This essay reflects on the main problems that come with the Big Tech’s hostile takeover of society, and claims that only decisive collective action can counter this. One of the under-discussed consequences of the…

22. On decaffeinated Christianity

The slow decay in Christian values is both evident and painful to see, even from the outside. In this essay I argue that the practice of Catholicism in particular became increasingly hollowed out in order to stay in line with the broader ideology and economic power relations of society. The famous phrase ‘god is dead’…

21. Let’s talk about the Maya Train

One of the more successful attempts to divide Mexican progressives was making a generation of ecology minded youth believe that they should oppose the Maya Train project. This essay is a friendly invitation to those dedicated to this ‘cause’ to learn more and reconsider their stance. Trains are good. Let me start by admitting that…

20. The social debt towards the poor

In this essay I explore the important idea of a historical social debt towards the poor, and reflect on its implications for politics in the post-Covid world. Just remember: “Los obreros movemos a México!” The broader concept of a historical debt or guilt is most commonly used in connection to the survivors of persecuted, enslaved…

19. The conspiracy of conspiracy theory exposed

The Covid19 pandemic came with an explosion of dangerous fake news and its edgy cousin, conspiracy theory. Instead of trying to expose any particular conspiracy theory, we will deliver a much lower blow and reflect on some of the functions that conspiracy theory has within society. After all, it’s all part of the system. Let…

18. Porn and neoliberalism, two sides of a coin

While most addictions break the user away from reality, pornography stands out in confusing the user that reality should change to match the trip. This gives porn culture unique ideological properties, allowing it to not just reflect societies’ hidden desires, but also to shape aspirations and imaginaries. This essay will explore its special relationship with…

17. Why Mexico needs Unemployment Insurance now

The Corona virus renders visible the dependence work plays in our society. With both the near-future threat of robotization, and the now-and-later threat of viruses, it is time Mexico adopts an unemployment insurance program. This essay outlines my own plan for this policy. The fourth transformation initiated or restarted various social programs that didn’t exist…

16. Why science fiction has failed us

Science fiction movies, at least in their Hollywood variant, have been inadequate in addressing some of the most pressing technological concerns of our times. In this essay we take a break from direct politics, and use a cultural angle to reflect on the inherent narrative obstacles the genre faces in addressing themes like robotization, besides…

15. Three theses on the future of the left

The start of the 2020’s is a good moment to reflect on floaty topics such as the future of the Left. It is an old wisdom that the political left should stay united – but united around what exactly? This essay argues against obsessing with purity and for a return to power politics by formulating…