By Jorge Rulli
For years we have warned that the massive clearings caused by the incessant extension of the agricultural frontier, that is, by the new extensions of transgenic soy monocultures, would cause irremediable losses in ecosystems and much suffering in populations. For years we have demanded that the forest emergency be declared in our country but they turned a deaf ear
The complexity of the globalized world and the changes brought about on the planet by predatory Capitalism
For years we have warned that the massive clearings caused by the incessant extension of the agricultural frontier, that is, by the new extensions of GM soy monocultures, would cause irremediable losses in ecosystems and much suffering in populations. For years we have demanded that the forest emergency be declared in our country. They turned a deaf ear to our demands in times of Maria Julia, also in the time of the supposed progressive Massei, during the Government of the Alliance, and the same since then, with all the officials who have continued in office and imitated them in indifference and in idleness. They turned a deaf ear to the claim to declare a forest emergency when Argentina had only twenty percent of the forests left and they continue to turn a deaf ear now that we no longer have more forests, because all have been devastated and the eyebrows are difficult access. We anticipated in those years that there would be entire ecosystems that would collapse as a result of these absolutely criminal policies and unfortunately we were right and we had the opportunity to remember it when the province of Chaco entered a state of emergency, first with the great floods and then with the enormous and prolonged drought. They made the Impenetrable Chaco disappear and the consequence of this environmental crime is widespread malnutrition, hunger, homelessness and the belts of outcasts expelled from the countryside and agriculture, who now live in the peripheral and miserable areas of the city of Resistencia. But the province of Chaco was not enough for them and they continued to dismantle night and day with their infernal machines the geography of northern Argentina, because their greed is insatiable, and they destroyed the jungle and the landscape of the area of
Tartagal to enlarge its sugarcane and soy fields and now Nature is taking its revenge in the province of Salta ... Because we have already said it, many times: God always forgives, we men forgive sometimes but Nature does not. never forgive and every action we commit against it returns us more than enough ... and what we are now experiencing is an environmental collapse in the province of Salta, where the rivers drag masses of soil devoid of their forests and sweep the bridges, with the roads and with populations. And venal and irresponsible officials all they have to tell us is that now it rains in one day what used to rain for months and they are not capable of associating these climatic changes and in the rain regime, with the environmental disasters that they They themselves allowed or perhaps provoked, in recent years, to do business with the land and with the lives of the Salta people. Hopefully a new Güemes will soon reappear from the jungles and from the hills of Salta and put back into the box that predatory oligarchy that tyrannizes it, a parasitic group heir to the same venal oligarchy that negotiated in the 19th century with the armies of Fernando the seventh, both the homeland that was born as the life of the beloved Caudillo.
The profound degradation of Argentine political thought comes simply from the stubborn refusal to recognize the complexity of the globalized world and from the changes brought about on the planet by predatory Capitalism. The regeneration of politics could only take place then, within the framework of the humble acceptance that we are only a part of the ecosystems, that natural resources as well as water and land do not belong to us but rather belong to our children and that We must learn to incorporate in our political activity, the knowledge that we can have from the observation of Nature. Of course, this would imply abandoning the constant and perverse practice of contradicting all the norms of that same Nature, and accepting that those insane practices in which we persistently insist now will inevitably end the life of the human species on the planet.
The terrible and painful thing is that many times, as happens in Uruguay today, or as it happens to a large extent in our country, we no longer have this discussion only with the representatives of the old oligarchic or drug-related social enclaves, but with a a sector that we could call populist, progressive, left-wing or at least with a militant and often heroic history of resistance to dictatorships and of dreaming better worlds than those that now that they are in office, express their speeches and current practices .
Many times I have certain feelings, and in particular after the remembrance of this last anniversary of the military coup in which so many were whitewashed and in which so many other concrete faces spoke out in the microphones and in those requested against that time as if they really did not they would have had nothing to do with it or they would not have been their kind and worthy followers from Menemism ... I repeat: I have the feeling that many of the militants of the seventies suffer a kind of historical and sentimental extortion, and that they are prisoners and caboose of the new neocolonial policies based on the recognition of past identities ... I don't know ... in any case it is a matter to think about and debate ...
Yes, I do care about the meta-discourses of that identity recognition frozen in time and that does not even allow reflections and retakes of history, but on the contrary, that recognition becomes an endorsement, an obstacle, which prevents the understanding of the diachronic flow of our contemporary history. Let's go to the examples. This is the case of Barba Gutierrez in a CGT room paying homage to the memory of Rucci as a metallurgical leader, and stating that he was killed by the CIA, when we all know that he was assassinated by montoneros of whom he himself was part. Are they kidding us? No, they simply continue the process of degradation of behavior and of the political word by other means ... The mothers of Plaza de Mayo swear that they will never set foot in the University of Buenos Aires if Alterini is appointed Rector, of course they do not say anything about what they will do if Vilella, the man from Monsanto and Agribusiness, is named… It is also striking how Pelado Perdia, Vaca Narvaja and others have managed to erase their sinister stories. They are no longer remembered with their uniforms and epaulettes of commanders in exile while hundreds of their subordinates were massacred in detention centers to maintain the fiction of a war that only suited the military dictatorship. No, now they participate in university activities and even integrate political analysis magazines interspersed with worthy intellectuals or union leaders who incur the serious sin of forgetfulness and ethical swagger by accepting them as their interlocutors and colleagues.
According to the progressive paradigm, technologies such as institutions would be neutral and it would depend on who handles them for their meaning to be good or bad. This seems to me to be a dominant conception today despite its enormous failures in history. Thus, the following is thought: Biotechnology is good because it implies the attempt to improve life in a laboratory contrary to the laws of Nature, but it would be much better if instead of managing it Monsanto, we managed it ourselves… The armed forces were bad because they were conducted by the genocide…. now they are good because we handle them, well then let us rearm them again, give them hypotheses of conflicts or perhaps give them that workforce that they would need as military service for our unemployed young people ... The agro-export model was bad with Menem, but it is not now that we handle it and it allows us to count on withholdings on soybeans…. Martín Redrado was bad when he was Menem's Golden boy, but he is not now that he responds to us and opens doors for us in Washington….and in that way to infinity ... Unfortunately, this precarious scaffolding of thought is called politics in Argentina.
What do all these examples mean? These examples essentially speak to us of an idea, of a conception of Power that implies a constant search and a constant dispute to obtain it and that postpones any change in the situation to an accumulation of that same Power, until it is supposedly sufficient ... Hence, State policies such as the assigned role that we have as a country of producing fodder or that of constantly attacking Europe at the international level from the interests and positions of the United States, cannot be recognized or assumed, because the policies of The State belongs to another Universe, a secondary Universe to that of the fights for power, a Universe that is subject to those constant struggles to achieve that which constitute politics in Argentina ...
These days we are all moved by the death of a Bolivian family burned alive in a fire in the Flores neighborhood and who could not escape because they were locked under bars by their employers and traffickers. And then we discover with those deaths the slave labor in Argentina and all the press and the political corporation are outraged by it with total hypocrisy, as if they did not want to understand that those horrible systems of work that we call Maquila in Mexico or China, They have also arrived in our country a long time ago. Again the narrow political thought, a thought that is constantly surprised, not only by the facts of reality, but also and what is much worse, by the consequences that its own action or inaction in the government provokes ... Actually almost Everything we eat, at least the vegetables and garden products, come from Bolivian slave labor, from Greater Buenos Aires to the upper Rio Negro valley and from the northern provinces to the coastal provinces. The diet of Argentines today depends on Bolivian slave labor that we are reluctant to recognize, because we should assume that we are no longer capable of feeding ourselves and because we should also become aware that what we eat suffers from a type of production that not only implies suffering and loss of all rights for those who do it, but also that these foods are produced with the application of such quantities of poisons that their ingestion poses very serious risks to our lives.
We are a Society with three strongly dominant economic and production models: cyanurization mining throughout the entire foothills, transgenic monocultures in the largest extension of agricultural areas and the model of pines and eucalyptus for pulp on the coast. and in Misiones, and now also in certain areas of Patagonia. We are a society with a primarized economy based on a model of agro-exportation of raw materials, grains and crude oil. We need to recover all the subsoil heritage in the spirit of article 40 of the Constitution of 49, return to a model of agriculture destined for the internal market, repopulate the countryside by deconcentrating the cities and gradually rebuild sovereignty and social justice. It's that simple and already many understand and accept it. It took many years to give shape to that discourse but now it is only enough to extend it and more and more are sharing it. Remember that fruits fall when they ripen and never before….
A couple of days ago someone whom I thank very much for his gesture, was kind enough to approach me in the city of Neuquén a letter from Father Jorge Galli, a later letter that is signed in the spring of 88 and that due to the proximity of his death it is almost a testament. I met Galli in the year sixty-three when I had just left the prisons of Conintes and he was still studying at the Villa Devoto Seminary. And thanks to Galli I went in one night to talk with one of his teachers about the prerevolutionary situations that existed at that time in our country ... Many years have passed ... Father Galli, whom everyone knew as "the Old Man" was one of the organizational and intellectual authors of what came to be called Loyalty, the largest split suffered by Montoneros at the end of the year 73 and which is practically not remembered today because paradoxically, in this transvestism of politics and justicialism, inheritances seem to have been imposed of the others, those who in that year 73 killed Rucci and tried to assault the Constitutional Power, and now, more than thirty years later, in the well-known style of playing dumbass, blame the CIA for those acts ...
Father Galli says in his writing recalling his years in the Parish of the Worker Christ of the city of Pergamino and locating himself in his memories ten years before, that is, in the year 78, in the midst of the dictatorship: … ”It doesn't matter that they tell me from the San Nicolás Military Headquarters not to gather young people in the Church, not to gather people… I became a priest to gather people…, that I am intelligent and I know my situation… that I would make the boys themselves take risks ... it better be careful that they don't make love on the other side of the wall of the Church ... And it doesn't matter, because if wine comes, life comes and because if we believe in God we have to preserve the hope ... hope ... and we have to defend laughter and take refuge in what they cannot take away from us, which is our Culture, like Martín Fierro in the tolderías ... that we hide like the coya ... that we do not risk it because they are going to kill us ... that we have time in our favor ... but if we preserve what is ours: culture, if we preserve laughter and hope ... that we have to play a well-played football ... and that I am a bricklayer and I help them build the house so they do not lose the hope ... and to some girl who got pregnant, patience, to be l e is going to do, that you have made one more Peronist, and that each boy who is born is a new hope ... who knows if this black boy is not the type to supplant Perón ... that Jesus was also born poor in a manger ... and that Herod He killed all the boys, the Holy Innocents, thinking that Jesus was among them, but Jesus had gone underground and later, although the powerful did not want him, they had to put up with it ... and that, therefore, being a Peronist is not lose hope ... and that after having seen Perón in Gaspar Campos, joy still lasts for us ... because we turned it against us ... and if we could once, even after 18 years, we will also be able now and that that's why you have to be hopeful.
And now, those of us who are alive, and here, and whole, after having died of fear, dead of shame, for not being dead, while others really died ... we already have our lives on loan and our life does not belong to us ... and We are not simply living beings, but we are resurrected ... and that those who are resurrected have other responsibilities and who know more about life than those who are just in the first life and we know that hope will not be disappointed ... And that Evita will return and we will be millions again, all together, God can, let's help him or better, we can, God help us ...
Our tribute then to Jorge Galli, to his commitment to his brothers and our memory of his sad figure as a risen man seeking God in pain and human misery. As he once said in those times of options for the poor in the Church, he could not be a priest who became a worker because in reality he was always an official bricklayer who had become a priest. May his evocation accompany us on this new Sunday for Horizonte Sur.
* Jorge Eduardo Rulli
www.grr.org.ar EDITORIAL OF APRIL 9, 2006 of the Horizonte Sur program, on Sundays from 11.30 to 12.30 on Radio Nacional AM - Argentina