At present and after all that hackneyed discursive rhetoric of politicians, the reality is that, with the passage of time, as a civil society we have succumbed to the perverse game of governments, where citizen participation has fallen into the hands of women. authorities, whose strategy is its atomization. Through an infinity of councils and committees, rather than influencing public decisions, these are used by the rulers as simple mechanisms of legitimation.
We know that for everything and everywhere there are citizen councils, some even whose sole function is the integration of another council. With this saturation of collegiate bodies of which the common citizen knows little or nothing, only more bureaucracy is generated that ends up undermining their essence as true counterweights to power. In this way, the spaces for social expression that the German sociologist Jürgen Habermas called “public sphere” have been atomized in such a way that their role as interlocutors and demanders of effective public policies has been reduced to ornamental spaces that only serve of comparsa. Faced with this scenario of simulation and deception, talking about participatory democracy and its transition even to a deliberative scheme is unthinkable for us and is conceived more as an aspirational entelechy that we are far from reaching, but which, like governance and inclusion, They are concepts that are part of the new vocabulary of the political class.
And it is that outside of that segment that is usually called the red circle, made up of the political class, analysts and owners of power (political and economic), where issues that are often foreign to the bulk of the population are thoroughly debated, there is a counterpart that is the ordinary citizen, that common citizen who shows a lack of knowledge of the functions and usefulness that some (or many) of these collegiate bodies represent, which over the years have been created to supposedly strengthen the presence and the Participation of civil society. There are, for example, the spaces for social participation that exist for very important items, such as the fight against corruption and insecurity. People on the street should be asked if they have knowledge of some of these citizen organizations such as the State Public Safety Council and the powers that correspond to it within the State Public Safety System. Or there is also the case of the Citizen Participation Committee of the Local Anti-Corruption System, where even for its conformation another committee or citizen council called the Selection Commission is chosen first.
As answers we would find that the lack of socialization of said spaces for participation generates such ignorance that it moves people to disbelief, something that contributes to the mistrust that already exists about formal government institutions, factors that contribute to deepening that political disaffection that we live in and that makes many think that the only effective way to intervene in public power is through voting.
The only way to banish this belief and restore society’s trust in citizen organizations would be, as Habermas himself pointed out at the time, by facilitating their spontaneity, self-regulation and communicative action. If, on the other hand, these factors that leverage social participation are subject to the judgment of the person in power, the temptation to distort and manipulate public opinion will always be latent, something that Habermas himself metaphorically baptized as refeudalization, which is what happens. with all those so-called citizen organizations that governments create to give play or privileges to private initiative and / or to certain pressure groups, in exchange for public support that legitimizes them socially.
Hopefully, within the transparency and accountability policy that Governor Rubén Rocha Moya has announced, a process of vindication of the public sphere will be given as part of it that will give greater clarity and functionality to the spaces for citizen participation that exist. , especially in those cases to which large amounts of public resources are assigned.
SUCCESSFUL APPOINTMENTS.- Governor Rubén Rocha was not mistaken in giving a job opportunity to great communicator friends who have plenty of talent to perform in public service, as examples are the appointments of Edgar Paúl Villegas in the Sinaloan Radio and TV System; Andrés Villarreal in the Coordination of Advisors of SEPYC and Víctor Rochín within the Coordination of Social Communication. !! Congratulations!!