Just as Néstor and Cristina Kirchner had Open letter, a group – already dissolved – of K thinkers who theorized about the political praxis of his 12 years of government, Alberto Fernández has his own team of intellectuals.
Is named Argentina Agenda, There are several ministers such as Santiago Cafiero, Sabina Frederic and Matías Kulfas among their ranks, and today they launched their first public manifesto in the midst of the coronavirus quarantine whose title is already a declaration of principles: “Get better”.
They say they are far from wanting to resemble the men and women who met, led by Horacio González, Ricardo Forster and Eduardo Jozami, at the National Library to spend hours locked up discussing ideas that were later overturned in huge open letters Who published the newspaper Página / 12.
The main difference is that they are a much younger generation and that – they say – they want to maintain the idea of a “critical” group of thought, something that their uncles Open Letter they denied from their conception.
Alberto Fernández with “Agenda Argentina” in an act of the presidential campaign.
Another aspect, they comment from space, is that they appeal to the idea of “Overcome the crack”, something that the President raised in the midst of the pandemic; unthinkable for the K intellectuals who fled the media during the Kirchner government.
Argentina Agenda brings together 13 thought groups related to albertism. The Callao Group, think tank headed by the chief of staff and of which Guillermo Justo Chaves, head of the Foreign Ministry Cabinet, and Cecilia Gómez Miranda, undersecretary of Parliamentary Affairs, are perhaps the best known, but there are others:
-Espacio Atahualpa (among its references is Delfina Rossi, daughter of the Minister of Defense, and member of Banco Ciudad).
-Group Frigate (where is Abelardo Vitale – @ mendieta–, Undersecretary for Relations with Civil Society).
-The Genre Training and Thought Center (one of its references is the sociologist Nahuel Sosa).
-Use of National and Popular Thought
– The Federal Science and University Front (which includes the Minister of Security, Sabina Frederic).
-The South does not Wait (of which the owner of the Sedronar, Gabriela Torres is part).
-Use of Political, Social and Labor Studies UEPLAS (which is Sol Prieto, from the National Directorate of Economy, Equality and Gender).
-The Scalabrini Ortiz Study Center (one of its references is the economist Andrés Asain, a regular TV panelist)
-The Scalabrini Ortiz Energy Institute./p>
-The Habitat Project
-And the San Juan Group (which responds to Governor Sergio Uñac).
There are other known surnames that are also close to Alberto Fernández’s group of intellectuals, such as Dora Barrancos, Alejandro Grimson, Fernando Peirano, Ana Castellani and Nicolás Tereschuk (@escriba), all of them officials; and others such as Pedro Saborido, Agustín D’Attellis and Ricardo Rouvier.
Now, in the midst of the mandatory quarantine for the coronavirus pandemic, the group released its first document warning that Covid-19 is “Transforming our world into another” and for that reason it is necessary “rethink”The State, the economy and public health.
Agenda Argentina, the intellectuals that make up the “Open Letter” by Alberto Fernández.
“Do all people have the same ability to access the health system? Should the possibility of overcoming the disease depend on the place that each one occupies in the market? ”They ask themselves in their analysis, in which they quote recent words by Alberto Fernández. “The President has been clear: the priority is the health of Argentines and Argentines. And this, too, is everyone’s responsibility ”, they point out.
In their proclamation, they criticize neoliberalism and urge compliance with quarantine. “The only certainty we have today to preserve health is that we have to stay home, interrupt the circulation and production of many goods, care for the sick, care for the elderly and take advantage of this time to ask ourselves if we want to continue living as we did until the day the pandemic broke out. “
Then, they raise a series of questions: “Do we want to remain precarious? Do we want to remain indebted? Do we want to continue with gender inequality? Do we want women to carry all the domestic and care tasks? Do we want to continue polluting the environment? Do we want inequality to be the rule? ”
They also have words of praise for the opposition for his role in the health emergency, in line with what Fernández said to “overcome the crack”, stating that both “the ruling party and the opposition are playing a central role in shaping the necessary responses to the pandemic.”
“We cannot know for sure how or when this pandemic will end. What we do know is that we have the will and the conviction to do it with everyone, everyone and everyone, assuming the particular and collective responsibility that corresponds to us, so that we can come out better, ”they conclude, saying in their manifesto of the Albertist intellectuals.
The complete manifesto
“It all woke up, it all started.”
The Covid-19 pandemic is transforming our world into another world. For this reason, we understand it necessary to rethink its operation, in the economy, the State and in our own personal relationships so that the way out of this global health crisis is with more equality, with more solidarity and with more democracy.
We come today to demonstrate for that future.
We are going through a critical juncture, a moment of exception and emergency in which multiple social, economic and political forces must come together to find a solution. The questions that circulate, from each home to decision-making spaces, are central to life in common: Do all people have the same ability to access the health system? Should the possibility of overcoming the disease depend on the place that each one occupies in the market? President Alberto Fernández has been clear: the priority is the health of Argentines and Argentines. And this, too, is everyone’s responsibility.
In this sense, the pandemic calls into question the belief that individual effort is the only possible response to problems that are social. The experiences of countries in Europe, Asia and even the United States show that the dismantling or deterioration of public and universal health systems has left millions of people on the brink of abandonment and their states in a situation of great instability. In emerging countries, precarious employment, social and housing conditions put formal and informal workers in a situation of extreme helplessness.
The answer to this situation is political, because it is politics that defines the state-market-civil society equation. On a more concrete plane, these ways of solving the equation are those that determine the modes of intervention of the State, and cut different forms of subjectivity and link between people and the different instances of the social world. These links can be democratic or authoritarian; They may be individualistic or cooperative, but they will fundamentally differ in whether the need to preserve people’s lives is put forward or if, instead, the needs of capital are prioritized to continue reproducing.
In the midst of the pandemic, a zoom of some members of the collective of intellectuals.
The only certainty we have today to preserve health is that we have to stay at home, interrupt the circulation and production of many goods, care for the sick, care for the elderly and take advantage of this time to ask ourselves if we want to continue living as We did this until the day the pandemic broke out. Do we want to remain precarious? Do we want to remain indebted? Do we want to continue with gender inequality? Do we want women to carry all the domestic and care tasks? Do we want to continue polluting the environment? Do we want inequality to be the rule?
In Argentina, the ruling party and the opposition are playing a central role in shaping the necessary responses to the pandemic. These are decisions that have to do with strengthening the health system, supporting health care personnel, Emergency Family Income, democratic action by the security forces, access to health for our population as a nucleus organizer of all decisions.
Civil society builds consensus on its responsibilities and shows its best facet when it prioritizes caring for the other. Starting with the last ones, those who need the most, is the way forward to overcome this crisis, but also to build a more just and equal country. Compliance with isolation policies, applause for public health workers, the joint work of universities, schools, security forces, social movements, unions, SMEs, community kitchens, hospitals, churches, among other actors and spaces, seek to contribute to a responsible, solidary and collective solution. This consensus may be the first step to activate new mechanisms of citizenship and in turn review the practices and inequalities that brought us here.
In short, the Argentine government and society are demonstrating that the way out of the pandemic is with health, with rights, with responsibility and, above all, with more equality. Those are the values that today become a flag and we want them to be the pillars of the society that we have to build.
It is not pessimism that summons us; much less skepticism. On the contrary, we are convinced that we are facing a unique opportunity to abandon the hyper-individualistic culture that neoliberalism imposed on us for too long. From the diverse groups of thought and political activism we have the challenge of contributing with ideas, productions and actions for the construction of an active social solidarity.
We cannot know for sure how or when this pandemic will end. What we do know is that we have the will and the conviction to do it with everyone, everyone and everyone, assuming the particular and collective responsibility that corresponds to us in order to be better.