The bad thing was not the plagiarism, but who denounced it – Political Indicator

From his very nourished curriculum of intellectual and academic work, the writer Guillermo Sheridan not it needs defenders; if anything, you can lend him a hand by pointing out something that is sometimes misunderstood: his extraordinary sense of humor in his journalistic texts that recall that irruption of the king of irony, Jorge Ibargüengoitia, in the Excelsior by Julio Scherer Garcia.

In the journalism of absurd, now it turns out that the bad guy in the movie is the one who revealed the plagiarism of a law degree thesis to title the current minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Yasmín Esquivel Mossa. And once I know I pay the cost of plagiarism with the loss of the presidency of the judiciary, now it is wanted to blame to the messenger.

Sheridan is the author of one of the parodies brightest and most humorous of the struggle for power in Mexico, the dystopian novel the golden finger (1996, Alfaguara) who narrates at the end of the 20th century the scenario of decomposition of the PRI political regime that was shaping up to disappear in 2000, although now Sheridan has enough elements to write a second stage version of the old regime turned into the new and prosperous regime.

Instead of the public sector discussing the meaning that a minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation has been discovered plagiarizing his law degree thesis, now all the batteries want to focus on the personality and work of the messenger who has dedicated himself to the not-so-noble task of finding plagiarists and plagiarists of intellectual work or trying to discredit the complaint based on the medium in which it was made known by opposition militants to the ruling group in turn.

What should be thoroughly analyzed not It is not Sheridan’s work –by the way, with an impressive essay production that makes him stand out in the drowsy Mexican intellectual environment–, but rather the fact that a legal professional has come to occupy one of the eleven most important seats of the Mexican Judiciary, but from the tests irrefutable evidence that he plagiarized his degree thesis and therefore his decisions should be rigorously reviewed for being the fruit of a tree poisoned.

Sheridan’s revelation is leading to a complex and impressive campaign of deviation of national attention to the messenger, as a way of continuing protecting the impunity of an acting court minister who was trapped in one of the most elementary traps of the national educational system: traffic of thesis.

if by chance something Sheridan can be accused of being a typical intellectual provocateur, although from the fact that all intellectual work must to imply a provocation to fulfill its purpose of shaking the conscience of the readers. Sheridan published his novel the golden finger in 1996 and put as a character grotesque of his work to a figure whose immediate reference was none other than the all-powerful Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, leader for more than half a century of the powerful Confederation of Workers of Mexico, the union sector founded by President Cárdenas to check the workers as a mass and mediate them as a class. In 1996 Fidel Velázquez still had all the control PRI worker, although he died in 1997 and could not see the debacle that President Ernesto Zedillo was preparing for him to accelerate the partisan alternation in the presidency of the Republic.

Confronting the Mexican union leader still alive from a novel dystopian that had as a character the figure of Fidel Velázquez, taken to the highest parody as a character of 200 neokilosIt was not the best at that time. recommendation, but Sheridan managed to consolidate a dystopian novel that he located in the year 2029 – and there is little left – and which offered a grotesque vision of the more than 70 years of the PRI government. Sheridan even seemed to invent the phrase that works as the epigraph of the novel: “I’ve been telling you for 50 years that things can’t go on like this… FV”, typical of the union leader’s puns, because they would be the initials of the almighty Fidel Velázquez to whom Sheridan jokingly disrespected.

The reply from Sheridan to presidential nominations —— actually was unnecessary because journalistic works defend themselves, although it reveals the fragility of intellectual work against accusations from power that arouse passions without control that often end in tragedies.

Policy for dummies: Politics is a grotesque novel.

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The bad thing was not the plagiarism, but who denounced it – Political Indicator