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La constituyente es una decisión estratégica

1. La constituyente es estratégica
La iniciativa por parte del gobierno de Maduro de convocar a una constituyente, quiebra y descalabra la dinámica planteada en contra del gobierno por parte de la MUD y quienes apoyan este instrumento político de la oposición.
Luego de más de un mes de movilización y acción de protesta, la iniciativa constituyente pudiera desplazar los espacios de confrontación, de la calle y los códigos de la violencia, a los textos, la negociación política y los discursos en torno al Estado.
También es importante reconocer que la dinámica de oposición por parte de la MUD, en la calle y en la Asamblea Nacional, apoyada también por el «sentido común» de los medios y la comunidad internacional, se enfrenta no solo con el chavismo gubernamental, sino también, niega y cuestiona al chavismo amplio y crítico que no se identifica necesariamente con el gobierno de Maduro.
Pero la iniciativa del presidente Maduro, igualmente pone al chavismo amplio y crítico en una compleja situa…
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'Venezuela Undercover'. What the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent left behind

Campbell and Davis render chavismo banal, reducing it to the recklessness of Chavez’s charisma and people’s adoration of a now dead leader.

Foreign Correspondent disappoints with ‘Venezuela Undercover’. A good-looking but trivial piece of ‘investigative journalism’. The 30-minute documentary by reporter Eric Campbell and producer Mike Davis, begins by asserting that Venezuela is, today, a ‘disaster’. Though very little in the documentary is offered that might allow the viewer to understand why ‘Venezuela is a disaster’. The imagery of Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, looks colourful and striking on screen, but the material accompanies a formulaic narration. Caracas is either manic and dangerous or a stagnant and politically depressed city. The assumption that Campbell or Davis are capable of reporting on Venezuela is naïve. That they should report on Venezuela is arrogant. Beyond Campbell’s statements on ‘populism’, ‘socialism’ and ‘oil wealth’, very little is said beyond a reference to t…

historicty & contingency

That's it. 
But then I stumbled upon anthropologist Eduardo Kohn's little book, 'How Forests Think?' and am now slowly working through these positions, ontopolitical commitments, and academic liabilities. 
Where to?!

...reclaim

...reclaim, reclaim, reclaim writing, thinking, discussion and learning, all that is open, and fashioned by historicity, and confronts contingency.

The theft of wood

The theft of wood and the 'origins' of Marx's critique of political eocnomy. Barbara Harriss-White writes:

'At the age of 24 and soon after completing his doctoral thesis, Marx wrote the Debates on the Law on Thefts of Wood (1842), in which he recognized private property as theft, the interests embodied in it as antithetical to those represented in customary law and the state as the guardian of private property. Arguably, the seed of his later political economy was germinated by this early analysis of wood theft which he wrote for the Rheinische Zeitung' (p. 102).

Let us then now read such Debates. More later.

«otra política es necesaria»

Carlos Acosta presenta en la guarura.net un buen análisis de política venezolana en este momento de la coyuntura. Es decir, entre un Chávez enfermo del cual sabemos casi nada, pero que ha nombrado sucesor y la avalancha del PSUV del 16D con las veinte gobernaciones. 

Destaco un punto. Escribe Acosta que «... estas elecciones dejaron algunas cosas buenas como el triunfo de Erika Farías, ojalá se lleve a todo su Frente Francisco de Miranda para Cojedes y no salgan en los próximos 20 años». ¡De acuerdo!

On Temporality & Life Critique

A comment on a footnote in one of Fernando Coronil very last articles, "The Future in Question: History and Utopia in Latin America (1989-2010)". 

Coronil observes in a footnote to R. Koselleck's work that "Scholars have shown that conceptions of history and cultural cosmologies are intimately connected to each other and are historically specific" (288). In the piece Coronil found it necessary to discuss to a certain extent the question of the future, or rather, to be more precise, the issue of a "present-day future imaginary" (232). His discussion looks in particular at how the the "turn to the Left" in Latin America has been linked to new contemporary imaginaries for a future envisioned from the state.

The point Coronil is making is simple. He means to say that the cultural category of the future that Latin Americans work with, serving as a basic understanding of temporality, would have some kind of historically specific cosmological and thu…