Disglobalization: defining 2016

20 Dec

 There are several possible definitions for 2016, which is not over yet, but we knowterradividida that there is a change of route, it was the year of BREXIT (the departure of the Great Britain from the Euro zone), the most surprising victory of Donald Trump in the USA, The right and extreme right disputing elections in France and Angela Merkel losing spaces in Germany.

The University of Oxford used the word post-truth to define this year, a word that although known since 1992, coined by Steve Tesich, had a growth of more than 2,000% in the year 2016.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, post-truth is defined as: “which relates or denotes circumstance in which objective facts have less influence in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal beliefs”, ie also the scenario of Latin America could be contemplated this way.

The Germans of the German-speaking Society (GfdS) used a speech by Angela Merkel when her party was defeated in regional elections: “we live in post-factual times”, to define 2016 thus: post-factual.

I prefer what is common in all these facts, in a retrogression the tendency of globalization, a certain revival of the concepts of “nations”, “cultures” and “peoples”, which is not a bad thing, if there were no rejection Of what is different, is the need for tolerance and dialogue.

I call this process the reverse of globalization, of disglobalisation, a tendency opposite to what books like Edgar Morin’s “Land-Patria” ask for, and “The world has no time to lose” of several important thinkers, among them Morin himself, Peter Sloterdijk and many others who call for “global governance” to tackle emergency problems: concentration of income, ecological imbalance, corruption, etc. Who need a global agenda.

I remember that the history of humanity also had setbacks, such as the Restoration in France, the reigns in the midst of an incipient advance of modernity and many others, but the vector of “globalization” is positive, we must understand within various parameters.

The role of networks and social media in denouncing discrimination, atrocities and non-coherent use of the state machine, a greater visibility of everything that occurs on the planet and on the philosophical plane, the rediscovery of the “Other”, the different and homo sacer.


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