An old Mexican saying goes like this: "dog that barks, does not bite". A year has passed, and the world survived the first year of Donald Trump as president of the second largest economy in the world and the main military power of our time. And although the damage done is huge, two of your favorite threats are still not coming true: The Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada is still in force and its 2,000-mile border fence remains a bravado. Of course, in this case, the Mexican saying is not enough to calm us down. In this case the beast keeps one finger on the button of nuclear annihilation, while, at the same time, he shoots rabid twitters against his neighbor from the south, whoever believes in gender equality, those trying to avoid the ecological apocalypse, whoever dares to revere a different god and anyone criticizing or even not looking nice at him. READ HERE
In this 2018, several generations after the imaginary of that “Great America”, we inhabit in a planet of 7,600 million people. The average life expectancy in the world is 71 years. The so-called globalization is a reality in the economy of most countries, although inequality is greater than ever. Also, communications are digital, instantaneous and global. And yet, this 2018 Donald Trump will celebrate his 72nd birthday in the White House. Millionaire by birth, he grew up in the 40’s and 50’s as a temperamental and explosive child. Since he was a young man, he got into the great media wave that, for decades, has molded popular culture on a global level. Genius of the self-promotion and show business, he replaced Barak Hussein Obama, the first black president of the history of his country, defeating Hillary Clinton, who was supposed to become the first female president of this nation.
Let’s face it, this has been a horrible year. The same wave of intolerance, frustration and hate that put Donald Trump in the White House is now a global phenomenon. The pure blood philosophy has infected not only the crazies in the U.S. but Europe and even portions of Asia. 2017 may be remembered as a crossroad in human history. That moment when the rulers of the world –oligarchs and billionaires, big corporations and presidents as well as the political elites--, choose to sacrifice the world’s future in the name of their own personal pleasure and selfishness. There is no secret about what wait for all of us at the end of the road of ecologic devastation, social injustice and economic isolation: The sixth big extinction period in the history of planet Earth.
This year's Thanksgiving Day will be as important as the first one in 1621. Caught up in the deep crisis of values within the nation, as much of the rest of the world, with the winds of the Third World War on the horizon and the ravages of the forces of nature hitting various regions of the planet, Thursday November 23 may be one of the last moments for the U.S. as the model society of modernity that for almost two centuries was the main reference about building a global civilization. It is true that in everyday life, Thanksgiving has become that forced pause in which about 100 million people travel across country to pretend that the family is still the pillar of society, while in the midst of the boredom of football, impossible quantities of food are devoured. It is true that under the term "Thanksgiving 2017", Saint Google takes 0.48 seconds to deliver 52.6 million results, most of which focused on that terrible disease that this country infected much of the planet: extreme consumerism.
September was a month of tragedies, deep wounds and good opportunity to show our best and, of course, our worst. Let’s begin with the nature forces. From the geological point of view, an earthquake it is the release of enormous amounts of energy as a result of the interaction of the underground plates of the earth's crust. More or less the same could be said about hurricanes. The disaster comes as a result of the human factor: a culture of negligence, extreme poverty and corruption always produce death and suffering. Mexico´s experience could be the best example: the first September 19 (1985) toll was over 12,000 lives, and the second one (2017) main cost was around 350. The same with the over 8 points earthquakes of the recent past in Chile and Haiti. The one in South America took 255 lives and the other in the Caribbean, over 230,000. Also, the mass shooting took many lives in the U.S. Over 50 and 400 injured in Las Vegas. In all that context, the good news, most of them, were related with youth. Mexicans kids out of the street in amazing response of solidarity helping the victims of the earthquake. American Millenials in a solid support with their fellow Dreamers, the best of America.
The world is experiencing a real clash of civilizations. This means, the side of hate, violence and ignorance, versus those betting on the construction of a global human community based in knowledge and the power of science.
A new spectre is haunting the world: the spectre of authoritarian democracy. Soon enough, history books will tell the story about the times when the American Empire´s two great ideological flags - democracy and freedom - ended up turned into pieces of a stage of power that gave birth to the age of the Authoritarian Democracy.
Behind the old saying “In every crisis there is an opportunity,” there is an incontrovertible fact: extreme situations force us to have clear priorities and, above all, to act. The Mexicans in Chicago know this very well. Called the “Political Capital of Mexicans Living in the United States, Chicago is the fifth largest Mexican city in the world. Unlike the others, Chicago was not born from Mesoamerican roots. Monumental city that dominates the American Midwest, in Chicago 20 percent of the population is of Mexican origin. Even the neighborhoods like Humboldt Park, that once were Boricuas, today are mostly Mexican.
Of course, He still is more dangerous than a monkey with a knife. In fact, for his favorite villains-Mexicans, immigrants, women, religious minorities, and so on-he poses an even greater threat than he did last January when, with his fist to front, was proclaimed as the 45th President of the United States of America. However, it took four months to make it very clear that Donald Trump is a character completely congruent with himself: his thing is the circus...