Charades in the weary sand of the crack

The facts describe a serious and reprehensible attempt on the life of the vice president, and with it, an attempt to politically destabilize the democratic institutions of our country. For now, before public opinion, there are few answers about the motives, causes, circumstances and mechanisms that made this attack possible. Perhaps due to ignorance or due care to the judicial process. In any case, the facts that disturb us must be resolved through a professional, efficient and unobjectionable investigation.

But perhaps, is that possible? And if it were in this case, as it has been in others, would its results be credible or at least respected in terms of its sense of justice by the political and communication spokespersons of the parties in conflict? At least the doubt, if not the certainty that this is far from being possible, constitutes not only the sign of a long and exhausting economic deterioration, but also the expression of a political decadence, whose end of the cycle –fortunately– seems increasingly closest.

For now, the stories of the crack dominate the scene, public opinion dictates split summary sentence and the political and communication spokespersons are subordinated to their audiences. For some, everything has been and is a perverse and ill-intentioned farce; while for others it is a brutal conspiracy or even the work of a deranged unwitting victim of “hate speech” generated by the powers that be.

The truth about the facts matters little, much less any reasonable truth that emerges from the judicial investigation. Once again, the political story of ideological groups that fight for symbolic power, and eventually factual, which is achieved by silencing or blocking opposing audiences; even also to those audiences that for different reasons question, suspect or appear distant or indifferent to the discursive parodies staged by the main protagonists of political polarization. In my opinion, we are far from the empire of hate, what actually seems to dominate are the political strategies of silencing, and with it an effective and disciplined silencing of the urgent social demands of citizens.

It is not society in general, nor is it the media, nor the markets, much less the Judiciary -although such instances may function as crucial weapons- that are mainly responsible for setting up these signs of political authoritarianism, an expression of a deeper moral decadence. It is precisely the main political referents, their militancies and their closest audiences who promote and seem to feel comfortable with the pyrrhic space of power that the discursive arena of the crack promises. In this context, the current State –government too– takes sides, remaining both protagonist and victim of a factious political logic.

In this way, the dramatic and reprehensible attack against the vice president –and against the democratic system– not only does not seem to alter the impoverished political process that preceded it but, on the contrary, everything indicates that the fact motivates the actors to take advantage of the crack potential. The political promise of one and the other about the union of Argentines around higher common causes is still far from being a project with a sense of reality.

In effect, our leaders care little about attending to, dealing with and solving the real problems – present and future – of an impoverished, tired, disillusioned citizenry, lacking a certain horizon within the framework of a common nation project. On the contrary, the farce made parody continues to occupy a large part of the socially necessary time required to reach correct diagnoses, shared self-criticism, opposition of ideas, open citizen debates, minimum consensus and conducive political actions.

Now, as we have analyzed in a previous note in this same medium, new airs seem to begin to settle in the face of an imminent end of the cycle that generates the fatigue of a crack empty of new stories. A social system in a state of crisis, subjected to increasingly unstable imbalances, which rules out cooperation as a moderation device, only finds a way out under a new moral and political order capable of offering a new dynamic equilibrium. The good news is that, if the change is as necessary as it is possible, it is a social process that is already taking place among us, and some signs of public order seem to show it.

*Argentina-UCA/UBA-Conicet Social Debt Observatory.

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Charades in the weary sand of the crack