6. How to fight fake news? Four tips

They say children learn by example. I don’t know where my father got his honesty from, but I certainly got it from him. Unbelievable as it may sound, I have not once caught him lie. For this and other reasons, I take particular offence in one of the fastest emerging challenges of the twenty first…

5. Gender, Neoliberalism and alternative hierarchies

Given the popularity of the gender topic, in this essay I risk losing half of my newly acquired audience. That is because instead of repeating progressive slogans, I will offer an alternative analysis of the relation between gender/queer identity politics and general leftist politics. Using my concept of ‘alternative value hierarchies’, I will highlight certain…

4. The real problem with migration is not migration

One sore spot of our modern world system is that it was never able to satisfyingly deal with mass migration and the uneasiness this ancient human phenomenon poses to nation states. The solution is not in sight, at least not in mine. What I do offer, is the insight that for a country like Mexico…

3. Prisons are the issue

The prison system is easily the most problematic institution in Mexico. While other institutions, public or private, simply fail to deliver on their assigned objectives, prisons achieve the structural reversal of their goals: they make society less secure. As incubators of both crime and criminals, the deteriorated situation of jails and prisons in Mexico is…

2. For the nationalization of weed production and distribution!

The core twin evils of capitalism are exploitation on the one hand, and exclusion on the other. We are either integrated into the labor market where we are compensated less than we produce in order to enrich others – the Marxist meaning of exploitation. Or, we are excluded from the production process altogether. One response…

1. Work as a Mexican mask

One of the annoyances of driving in a metropolitan Mexican city are the platoons of street vendors, ‘acrobats’, and car cleaners that ambush you at streetlights. I hate these hard-sale ‘services’, not only because they make my car dirty, but because of what they symbolize. I have love, understanding and spare change for beggars, whom…