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Arturo Jauretche was radical, then peronist, but above all he was a great thinker of his time.
Often it is hard to separate the person from his ideology. In our desire to polarize and label, we sometimes miss theories, teachings and reflections that we could take advantage of regardless of the sidewalk on which we are standing. Arturo Jauretche was radical, then peronist, but above all he was a great thinker of his time. One of his most relevant books is the Manual of Argentinean zonceras . In it — if you put aside the author's ideological tint — you can find truths that have a worrisome validity, even though it was edited 50 years ago. But what is a zoncera?:
The zonceras that I am going to deal with consist of principles introduced into our intellectual formation from the earliest childhood — and in doses for adults — with the appearance of axioms, to prevent us from thinking about things about the country by the simple application of good sense. There are political, historical, geographical, economic, cultural zones, the sea by car. Some are recent, but the most have distant roots and usually a procer that supports them.
Jauretche develops 44 zonceras that, according to him, have been instilling in us since childhood and that impact on the way we perceive ourselves as a country and our place in the world. However, in front of the famous “criolla viveza”, 23saying that Argentines are zonzos seems a contradiction. In this regard, Jauretche argues that “at the same time we are intelligent for things of short range, small, individual, and not when it comes to everyone's things, the common ones, the ones that make the collective”. It's just a theory, a theory that has its years but still can explain a lot of what is happening to us today.
Publication Date: 23/10/2018
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