By Joaquín Estefanía
Durante años hemos sido cebados con discursos dogmáticos: parecía que los políticos, sociólogos y economistas tiraban en l. a. misma dirección. Ahora descubrimos que hay un debate y que lo que se presentaba como leyes intangibles de l. a. naturaleza está refutado por parte de los expertos. l. a. complejidad de l. a. realidad ha acabado con el último dogma: el pensamiento único. Tenemos que discutir con quienes lo han hecho hegemónico.
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