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I do not know how this is outside Brazil, but here the political organization of students is… Well, it has been important at some specific moments in history (though i really, really disagree with the common sense about which were those moments), and it still has some relevance, but it is definitely going through a crisis. Now i believe that this crisis is the beginning of a new age for student organizations, another student politics — and i also believe that it is a small-scale experiment in the long search for better politics (and for politics that make sense in our texting world). So i am writing this text about a subject that does not interest me anymore (student organizations) to help us think about this other one (politics, in general), which i believe is extremely relevant and urgent. Read More »


Couple days ago at 10 zen monkeys there was an interview with a guy who made a funny site about Obama and got lot’s of traffic. The interviewer asks whether or not the internet having a growing place at politics is a good thing. The answer goes:

Mat Honan: I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, because it leads to us not talking to each other as we once did. I think the more that we splinter into little groups, the worse it is for society as a whole. It becomes very easy for me to forget that there are people out there who have some political opinion that’s very different than my own, because I just don’t go to those web sites. I don’t know what people are talking about on Little Green Footballs today. I don’t know if it’s still around, and if it went away — I wouldn’t know.

And what i really do not know is: was it really that different before? Read More »

I hereby present a theory (actually, an hypothesis). Human beings can only acquire central political roles in society after around 60 years age. They may be successful or famous, but they become part of the backbone of society, and they opinions acquire real weight, only after 60. Thus the few persons who do have a chance, however small, of being placed in such roles tend to sharpen their skills constantly up to around their late 50s. At that age it becomes clear whether or not they will be there, and if that turns up to not be the case, they start to get complacent and frivolous. Thus the manager who used to read lots of complicated books suddenly turns her “diet” to Harry Potter and bestsellers only, the guy who used to have his own ideas suddenly starts to quote more and more and more. Obviously there are exceptions to this sad softening and shallowing at 60: those exceptions (which are the real leaders), i gues they develop an even more interesting and deep intellectual life — about that, maybe just maybe, if you return here in 31 years i might tell something about.

In the same way that the access to internet services has increased the consumption of paper, i think the so-called globalization will make the Nation-State more important.

When i say “more important” i mean that the society will aply more energy into the governments and political-apparatus encircling it. More energy, ergo more money, more man-hours, more discussion of the “issues” by the lay-man and so on and so forth.

Now, i do not think that the Nation-State will be as meaningful in the world-of-tomorow as it is now or had been some years past. For example, the Roman Catholic Church today probably has more followers than it did circa 1000 AD, just because there are so much more potential believers (i.e. alive human beings). Nevertheless, the part it plays in human history has gone from primary agent to just an opinion emitter. Read More »