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…

14. Education is overrated

There exists no safer opinion to voice than saying that education is important and the key to improvement. In this essay, I will make the claim that education is overrated in political discourse. I will discuss three ways in which we misunderstand the role of formal education, and conclude with an educational proposal of my…

13. Democracy in Mexico

Many fake tears get spilled when elites cry over how the Left is undemocratic or authoritarian, just loud enough to mute the sound of police bullets protecting conservative interests all over Latin America. This essay draws attention to a more fundamental danger that is creeping up on Mexican democracy and challenges it at it’s very…

12. Will Robotization be worse than climate change?

Climate change is not the only civilization threatening problem of the 21st century. In this essay I want to draw attention to the next big issue: the permanent replacements of human labor by robots and artificial intelligence. After discussing the scope and potential impact on society of this problem, I will offer a brief overview…

11. Motivational philosophy exposed

It is becoming increasingly clear that the fuel in the engine of late capitalist society is motivational philosophy. It is this, rather than nationalism or organized religion, that serves as the new opium of the people. In this essay I will describe the main (pseudo religious) characteristics and layers of what I consider to be…

10. The (social) fourth transformation in international comparative perspective

Mexican public debate on social policy is hindered by a stubborn provincial outlook where all that is not familiar is often quickly cast aside as either ridiculous or dangerous. In this text we will discuss three key social policies of the fourth transformation through the lens of a comparison with other (Latin) countries. As I…

9. The importance of not doing things: on water scarcity and austeridad

Nothing is more important in life than self-control. Matter of fact, one could philosophically argue that the ability to not do things is human life itself. This essay will explore self-control in a more practical way by looking at the role restraint plays in dealing with many of today’s challenges, ranging from water scarcity to…