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La mémoire du XXe siècle s’évapore, et nous voilà démunis

Le Temps
opinions jeudi18 octobre 2012

La mémoire du XXe siècle s’évapore, et nous voilà démunis

Par Ruxandra Stoicescu
Ruxandra Stoicescu, chercheuse et chroniqueuse, déplore que nous fassions si peu appel à la mémoire pour réfléchir aux problèmes contemporains

«Nul bonheur, nulle sérénité, nulle espérance, nulle fierté, nulle jouissance de l’instant présent ne pourrait exister sans faculté d’oubli.» C’est Friedrich Nietzsche qui le disait et il semblerait que, cinq générations après sa mort, l’humanité s’évertue à mettre en œuvre cette maxime avec un zèle implacable. A l’image d’une peau de serpent dont nous n’avons de cesse de nous débarrasser au fil des crises qui traversent nos sociétés, le passé récent passe fréquemment à la trappe. On ne lit et n’entend plus que des formules du genre: «en 2007, lors de la débâcle de Lehman Brothers», «il y a quatre ans, quand la crise s’est déclenchée», «c’est un nouveau monde que nous affrontons».

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Political Crisis in Romania – there is still hope, but only just

Political crisis in Romania – why there is still hope, but only just

Romania is in dire straits. Let us be honest : when has this country NOT been in dire straits ? Anyone who bothers even the briefest look at Romania’s past would realise it has dug for itself a history-deep gorge of self-loathing and annihilation.

But let me not forget that i am writing this article in English, the language of empiricism and dispassionate analysis. Out of respect for Anglo-Saxon common sense and my training as a political scientist I shall try to be dispassionate. But here’s the rub exposed by the current Romanian situation: it cannot be apprehended, let alone understood, without embracing pathos, and that very Romanian passion for contradiction and inconsistency, otherwise known as the absurd.

For, Romania of August 2012, EU member with Schengen aspirations, is in throws of a debate on people’s census that the English had at the time of the Norman conquest, in 1066, and Domesday, when William the Conqueror ordered the tallying of the inhabitants in the newly conquered territories.

In the Romania of August 2012, in a bid to oust the President, the government is contesting the very electoral lists that brought it to power but two months ago, and whose update some of its representatives ardently fought before local elections.

It is the same country in which in a twist of absurdly clear logic, the suspended President says he cannot resign from his position, as he is actually suspended from it! Continue reading Political Crisis in Romania – there is still hope, but only just