Technological and Political Illiteracy: Its Effect on Social Change in Latin America "CANCELLED"

Monday, July 14, 2014: 4:00 PM
Room: 418
Rafael PALACIOS BUSTAMANTE , Political Science, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
                                                 Technological and political illiteracy: Its effect on social change in Latin America

         The political dilemma between capitalism-socialism or the political power struggle between the right and the left wing, in Latin America, has been accompanied by an anachronism related to problems of social inequality. The increase in these problems has had an effect of generating more conflict between rich and poor, and therefore has become a catalyst in the process of decision-making by the political power.

         In some Latin American countries, where are trying to experiment with political processes that resemble with the left thinking, social inequality has generated within the  political power the need to counteract all areas in which acts the capitalist model , with regarding to the value and the role of science and technology in the transformations and social welfare.

         As a result, it has been created a social symbolism within society, which influences negatively and pushes away the true role of science in social and economic transformations of these countries. At the same time, this symbolism influences and suffers an arrangement within the political power.

          What happens is a combination of political and technological illiteracy. This combination is also a clash of ideas and political decision (political inequality) for those who in society own and generate scientific knowledge in reference to those who do not. Thus, it has distorted the development of coherent public policies.

This work attempts to make some comparisons of these practices in Latin America, analyzing more deeply the case of Venezuela.