EL PENSADOR: DISUASIÓN «Falta sin Aviso»

What’s wrong with Minister Heber? Tiredness, anemia? No no. In any case, the opposite: excitement. It has plunged headlong into the center of a disorderly and highly politicized debate on security, which includes figures for the reduction in crime, questioning the construction of those figures, contradictions, abrupt and even absurd comparisons with previous administrations and a string of plans to improve police services and their effectiveness, in the midst of complaints of internal corruption in the Headquarters and projects -in some cases delusional- on the rehabilitation of both prisoners and those released after serving their sentences. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: DISUASIÓN «Falta sin Aviso»

EL PENSADOR: EL VALOR DE LAS PALABRAS

A few years ago, during a television report, the Argentine philosopher and writer Santiago Kovladoff outlined an intelligent reasoning when analyzing the increasingly conflictive democratic coexistence in his country – today it is decidedly worse, it must be admitted – focusing on the impoverishment of language. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EL VALOR DE LAS PALABRAS

EL PENSADOR: CRECE EL ESCEPTICISMO

In a country delicately balancing on a fine wire so as not to rush into a crisis that could jeopardize the immediate future, there is a majority of politicians who, shamelessly, have anticipated foreseeable dates, adapting them to their anxiety and ambitions, launching into a brutal pre-election campaign. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: CRECE EL ESCEPTICISMO

EL PENSADOR: El Enunciado, Escondite Perfecto

In days gone by, various academics, teachers and, of course, politicians, spoke about education reform. Actually, as had happened before, perhaps without so much enthusiasm, we were inundated with statements. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: El Enunciado, Escondite Perfecto

EL PENSADOR: Formación del Carácter

In my previous column, you reflected on the progressive and dangerous cracking that affects national politics and, consequently, society itself. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: Formación del Carácter

EL PENSADOR: NO HAY PUENTES

The circumstances that are repeated in the national society, clearly cracked, force us to return to a question. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: NO HAY PUENTES

EL PENSADOR: VIVIENDAS..¿QUE VIVIENDAS?

We all know that in Montevideo -although the problem is also in the interior of the country- there are thousands and thousands of citizens, especially those who have the lowest income, and what to say about those who suffer below the poverty line, who They are living in undignified conditions. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: VIVIENDAS..¿QUE VIVIENDAS?

EL PENSADOR: LA GRAN MATERIA PENDIENTE

In our country, in the middle of the period of any government -from this point of view, when describing it, it can be profoundly ironic-, when it is time to fulfill pre-electoral promises and present essential projects for the future in order to find sufficient consensus , politics is transformed, with the basic thrust of the opposition, in a carnival of sticks thrown at the wheels of everything that must move, in the celebration of suspicion, lies and insults as legitimate resources and, ultimately, in the drawing of a frightful shadow that will obscure all intelligence that society expects and will give way to the umpteenth advance of the umpteenth campaign in fits and starts with a view only to sit on the soft seat of power, no matter how much time is left before the votes enter the polls. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LA GRAN MATERIA PENDIENTE

EL PENSADOR: AQUELLOS VIEJOS, BUENOS HÁBITOS

How do you describe someone who, suddenly, and already at an advanced age, thinks they discover -in reality it is their memory that brings back the memory of a distant memory, or not so much-, a serious problem in the loss of some old and good habits, enjoyed by your generation and who knows how many more in the past? Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: AQUELLOS VIEJOS, BUENOS HÁBITOS

EL PENSADOR: BENEVOLENCIA Y PROPÓSITOS COMUNES

The history of humanity has been teaching, for a long time, that a close interdependence -whether between political forces of the same country, or between it and all the others with which it maintains stable relations- requires common purposes if disaster is to be avoided. . And constructive common purposes will not prevail unless some community of sentiment is formed. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: BENEVOLENCIA Y PROPÓSITOS COMUNES

EL PENSADOR: ¿Y LA BASE, EL CIMIENTO?

It is possible that, between the end of this year and the beginning of the next legislative period, the Uruguayan Parliament will face the responsibility of deciding on the two reforms that the government and the opposition consider essential: social security and education. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: ¿Y LA BASE, EL CIMIENTO?

EL PENSADOR: LOS CHIMPANCÉS DE LA POLÍTICA

Aclaro, ya en el inicio, que esta columna ya fue escrita y publicada. Pasa que hace tanto tiempo, que es probable muchos no la recuerden y hasta no la hayan leído. Por eso la reitero, obvio que con ciertas actualizaciones y para que tenga vigencia. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LOS CHIMPANCÉS DE LA POLÍTICA

EL PENSADOR: LA PREPARACIÓN DEL POLÍTICO

There is a simple exercise -obviously simpler the more intellectual capacity and good intentions the person who undertakes it has- that citizens could do about politics, the object of so much dislike and distrust today: appeal to memory, history books and any other way that allows us to remember if it is true that the quality of those who exercise it has been progressively diminishing at least since the middle of the last century. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LA PREPARACIÓN DEL POLÍTICO

EL PENSADOR: ¡Ah QUÉ CÓMODO LIMBO..!

If I had the obligation to define the attitude of Uruguayan politics – all of it, government and opposition, although the generalization makes it uncomfortable – in the face of the ups and downs that are shaking the region, with different intensity depending on which country we are talking about, I would need, to be the civilized as possible, appeal to a metaphor. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: ¡Ah QUÉ CÓMODO LIMBO..!

El PENSADOR: DETALLES MÍNIMOS, GRANDES PROBLEMAS

When we talk about improving coexistence in our society, the first thing to understand is summed up in a school-level phrase, even though that is the root of many misunderstandings and conflicts: “My rights can reach the limit where the rights of others». We all have constitutional rights in a democratic State, as well as obligations, but for both, no one ignores that there are limits. Continúa leyendo El PENSADOR: DETALLES MÍNIMOS, GRANDES PROBLEMAS

EL PENSADOR: EL LENGUAJE Y SUS COMPLEJIDADES

Now that we are just a few steps away from deciding on the educational reform project – or so the facts seem to indicate – I feel the impulse, even at the risk of being labeled as simplistic, to insist that the essential point is learning to read correctly, to develop comprehension and, in parallel, speak, write and think better. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EL LENGUAJE Y SUS COMPLEJIDADES

El PENSADOR: TODO EMPIEZA MUY TEMPRANO

The world of the future will be inextricably linked to the formation of the personality of those who, day by day, awaken to life. That is, those who are born with innate abilities –such as swimming or being amazed at the life they are beginning to discover- and others that will be built according to how they are treated. Continúa leyendo El PENSADOR: TODO EMPIEZA MUY TEMPRANO

EL PENSADOR: AH, LA JUSTICIA

There are problems in Uruguayan society, diagnosed decades ago, which, far from being resolved, become more complex and inconvenient. Perhaps, at least in part, they are expanded by the accelerated complexity of everyday life. That imposed by the rapid progress of problems caused even by important activities -and intrinsically constructive- such as science, technology and education, in addition to others, these pathological, such as social security in a country that sees its population age more than others and where the weakness in the fight against crime and corruption is losing ground, for now without remedy. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: AH, LA JUSTICIA

EL PENSADOR: DESCONOCIMIENTO CIUDADANO

About a week ago it became known, through a survey, that fifty percent of Uruguayan citizens «did not hear or know anything about the pension reform project» presented by the Executive Branch to Parliament. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: DESCONOCIMIENTO CIUDADANO

EL PENSADOR: EL PESIMISMO CRECE

I warn, without too much difficulty, that the unpopularity of politicians continues to increase among the majority of our society. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EL PESIMISMO CRECE

EL PENSADOR: CONSTRUCCIÓN DE PUENTES

As he usually shakes his threadbare clothes, almost without exception for a long, long time, I begin by admitting that the question I am going to expose is not new. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: CONSTRUCCIÓN DE PUENTES

EL PENSADOR: EPIDEMIA DE ODIO

Hate is killing us. Every day that passes, Uruguayan society is divided into tribes – small, large, of all sizes – that base their philosophy, if that is what generates their actions, on intolerance, lack of respect for those who think differently , fanaticism, discrimination, racism and the idea of ​​dogma prevailing over the postulate. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EPIDEMIA DE ODIO

EL PENSADOR: Y, SI «LA POLICÍA A LA CALLE»

If there is an issue that politicians, so-called specialists, journalists and even many simple citizens who shout inconsistencies have turned into a gigantic pot of Spanish-style stew, which they feed with fiery enthusiasm without wanting to stop, it is security. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: Y, SI «LA POLICÍA A LA CALLE»

EL PENSADOR: HACIA EL ENTENDIMIENTO

Listening to the arguments between pro-government parliamentarians and those of the opposition that have begun to torment our search for serenity, without pauses and at the speed of state-of-the-art machine guns, we can see that if something is lacking, or directly lacking in relation to the Rendering of Accounts project, it is the understanding. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: HACIA EL ENTENDIMIENTO

EL PENSADOR: CADA VEZ PEOR

A report from an international specialized institute has been circulating for days among the professional journalistic media and on social networks, which measures the global level of the intellectual and cultural capacity of human society. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: CADA VEZ PEOR

EL PENSADOR: SOLO SÉ QUE NADA SÉ

I am convinced that a vast majority of adult citizens in our country do not have the remotest idea about the pension reform bill; that is to say, they do not know -unless slogans are repeated here and there, depending on where the sun is that warms them- how it will affect their lives and those of their descendants or why and, much less, the implications it will have on the economy on which we will all continue to depend afterwards. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: SOLO SÉ QUE NADA SÉ

EL PENSADOR: DIFÍCIL, NO IMPOSIBLE

A republican democracy, to be really and not in appearance, that is to say to function as it should, must be based on the independence of three essential Powers that are related to consolidate it: the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: DIFÍCIL, NO IMPOSIBLE

EL PENSADOR: SOCIEDAD e INDIVIDUO

Hay una corriente filosófica de cierta antigüedad que sostiene que a muchos de nosotros solamente nos interesan los hechos de nuestra vida privada, lo que nos hace difícil experimentar subjetivamente, y de modo inteligente, lo que ocurre alrededor, es decir en la sociedad que integramos y en el planeta en el que ella debe funcionar. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: SOCIEDAD e INDIVIDUO

EL PENSADOR: EL LENGUAJE

In its most common and understandable meaning, to think means to reflect, to carefully examine something to form an opinion. Implicit in this act is the fact that it allows forming ideas, opinions and even inducing action. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EL LENGUAJE

EL PENSADOR: UN FALLO POLÉMICO

I don’t know if when I write this column, the issue I want to deal with will have been resolved or will still be coming and going. Assuming the risk of developing reflections in this scenario, I do not want to curtail my right to free critical opinion. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: UN FALLO POLÉMICO

EL PENSADOR: EL CICLO INTERMINABLE

I have suddenly noticed, just by rereading some texts, that humanity, at this point in the evolution of science and technology and, supposedly, of education, is immersed in an infernal cycle regarding one of its most discussed problems the length and breadth of the planet: the damage that human beings, stuck in an apparent progress and in their ambitions, are causing to nature and that generates one of the greatest dangers for the near future. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EL CICLO INTERMINABLE

EL PENSADOR: LA POLÍTICA MITÓMANA

Going back over old readings of philosophers from different times -Bacon, Kingsley, Huxley, Russell- I have noticed the antiquity of a problem that Uruguayan society suffers today and that I, perhaps confused by the speed, sound and little thinking of the modern world, I had believed something installed from the democratic restoration after the dictatorship. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LA POLÍTICA MITÓMANA

EL PENSADOR: OPINIONES OLVIDADAS

There are many citizens – I know – who have been surprised by information that has been circulating in recent days: according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, based on data from the OAS Inter-American Observatory on Drugs, Uruguay is the country with the highest Per capita consumption of cocaine in Latin America. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: OPINIONES OLVIDADAS