Daily thought-pensiero quotidiano

A friend of mine once wrote for a friend of hers`:

“He was engaged on a daily basis with the basic political question, “what shall we do,” and he also knew that the “we” and “do” were problematic categories –ones open to interpretation, disagreement, contestation, and change. He knew that freedom is something that is taken not granted; it is chosen and exercised when it exists at all. Nothing guarantees its emergence, and only continual efforts to act politically will allow it to endure.”

I think of the beloved Arab world. I think of Italy, my home country, a devastated democracy, the no man`s land of rights in civilized Europe.

What shall we do, every day, in our life?

And what does “do” mean?

And who are we?

Thanks for reminding me about these basic political questions.

* Jarallah Omar was one of the leader of Yemeni opposition. He died in 2002 , assasinated.

Lisa Wedeen is a political scientist, who teaches at University of Chicago. She authored the book ”  PERIPHERAL VISIONS: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (2008).

Una mia amica una volta ha scritto di un suo amico:

“era impegnato quotidianamente da una domanda politica di base “che dobbiamo fare” e sapeva oltretutto che “noi” e “fare” sono categorie problematiche -aperte ad intepretazione, disaccordo, contestazione e cambiamento. Sapeva che la liberta e` qualcosa che non si da` per scontato; viene scelta ed esercitata se del resto esiste. Niente garantisce che emerga, e soltanto continui sforzi verso l`agire politico le permettono di durare”.

Penso all`amato mondo arabo. all`Italia, il mio paese natale, una democrazia devastata, la terra di nessuno dei diritti nella civile Europa.

Che dobbiamo fare, ogni giorno, nella nostra vita quotidiana?

E cosa significa “fare”?

E chi siamo “noi”?

Grazie per avermi ricordato di queste basilari domande politiche.

Jarallah Omar era un leader dell`opposizione in Yemen. E` morto assassinato nel 2002.

Lisa Wedeen  insegna Scienze Politiche all`Universita` di Chicago. E` autrice del libro: ”  PERIPHERAL VISIONS: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen (2008).

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