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Sanitary time: from PRI to Donald Trump

I would like to say something that, maybe, is not going to be seen well by American people but which, I´m afraid, is true: the presidential situation in the United States is similar from that of Mexico in 2012, with its exceptions of course. Is similar because it seems to be a historical retrogression and a defeat of a “progress time” represented by Barack Obama. The same as we started with the PRI’s return to the political power in 2012, EUA has started a period that I would like to name a sanitary time, I mean, one last chance for the old regimen to show us that is obsolete. In Mexico, we are living, since that 2012, a transition that have been demonstrating that our attachment to the old strategies which PRI represents has to end, and that we have to search for a new form to make politic. Our horizon is not clear, because although we have options for making a change in 2018, we have to recognize that perhaps our options are not the best and that they could represent, in a different way, the same useless political methodologies. Moreover, this is not, only, a political problem, is, maybe the most, a cultural and sociological problem, which is global.

Globalization is an unstoppable phenomenon. And the efforts to go back at that time when the nation limits were clear are, if not childish, at least laughable. This is necessary to say, because we are witnessing not an incomprehensible electoral decision, as it might be seen at the surface, but, more precisely, an unstable social reaction to our time, characterized by a destruction of all the discourses that built not only western culture but also modernity. This is why is very symptomatic that the word “retrogression” is used to described Trump’s triumph as it was used to describe PRI’s return, because retrogression, in these cases, I think, doesn´t mean the same as it could mean before the seventies: our belonging to the informatics revolution make absolute retrogression impossible. Therefore those antiquate powers are under the eye of the global community and pressed by the greater and greater size of the new economies that, obviously, want to rule the world. This is something that American people appeared to forget when they decided that Donald Trump’s speeches reflect exactly what is needed to do to make great America again, just as same as Mexican people appeared to forget when decided that PRI’s return could stabilize again our country just because they have more than 70 years of experience. Mexico forgot that those years of experience were before the informatics revolution and EUA forgot that Donald Trump’s speeches were valid before the informatics revolution.

In Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto has been so inadequate to manage the situation that almost all predictions suggest that, in 2018, the shift of power is inevitable. I think this is going to be the same scenario in the United States for the next four years: Donald Trump is going to show us that strategies from the international companies’ period are not acceptable anymore. In our time, international and transatlantic power is replaced by global, digital and local power, which challenges companies that hold his power in monopolistic and centralistic practices –we need to keep in mind that Trump’s strategies are more like business practices than political ones−. This made a political plan based on an old dream of America only for the Americans unfeasible. We will see if these speculations are true or we are really facing a real retrogression with the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, even though I put all my hopes in historic inertia, which so many times has demonstrated that cultural revolutions are imperceptible but inexorable.