Life is contradictory, and so are politics and state making. Let us not forget how modern states came about. It is a useful reminder in times of crisis, when we need to ask the questions that will push us forward: what is the place of communities within a state? what kind of a state do we want? what is each individual’s share of responsibility in the collective’s political future? All this, on an air of summer … Vivaldi’s, of course, this year, in Europe there’s none other.