Translated from Spanish for Axis of Logic by Toni Solo, Tlaxcala*
In a world that prefers security to justice, more and more people applaud
the sacrifice of justice on altars of security. The ceremonies take
place in city streets. Each time a criminal falls bullet-ridden, society breathes
relief from the sickness at its heart. Every evildoer's death provokes pharmaceutical
effects in the righteous. The word pharmacy comes from pharmakos, the name the
Greeks gave to human sacrifice offered to the gods in times of crisis.
The industry of fear
Fear is the raw material of thriving industries like private security and social
control. Steady demand sustains a busy trade. Demand grows as much or more than
the crimes that generate it and the experts make sure things will stay that
way. The market flourishes for private police and prisons while all of us, some
more so, some less, become prisoners of fear, more and more on guard toward
the person beside us.
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Plenty of big businesses promote crime and live off crime. Never was there
such a concentration of economic and technological resources dedicated to the
production of death. The top-selling arms countries are the very ones in charge
of world peace. Fortunately for them, the threat of peace is fading, its black
clouds already moving far away, as the arms market recovers to offer bright
prospects of lucrative butchery. As the factories churn out enemies made-to-measure,
the arms factories keep pace.
Those in work fear losing their job.
Those out of work fear never finding a job.
Those unafraid of hunger are afraid of what to eat.
Motorists fear driving, pedestrians fear being run over.
Democracy fears remembering, language fears to say.
Civilians fear the military, the military fear being weaponless, weapons
fear a scarcity of wars.
It is a time for fear.
Women's fear of the violence of men, men's fear of the woman without fear.
Fear of thieves, fear of the police.
Fear at the lockless door, of time without clocks, of the television-less
child, of the night without sleeping pills, of the day without wake-up pills.
Fear of the crowd, fear of solitude, fear of what was and of what might
be, fear of death, fear of life.
Original source (in Spanish): La
Jornada (Mexico), Sunday June 4th 2006
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