Months ago MeinMann and I bought our flight tickets in ordet to “sei dabei”, to be there, in Berlin, on November 9th.

There are many reasons to it. The main one is to be physically there, since in 1989 I lived the events (fall of the Berlin wall, but also velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia) through the letters of my DDR and Czech pen pals but I wish I could have been there, side by side with my friends.

And of course we want to join the party, and live the Stimmung, the atmosphere of such a special day.

But there is also another reason. We want to escape to the viruses which are already incubating in Italy. I have already spotted extreme-right posters with the small icon in the corner: “against all walls”.

There are people here, in the Banana Republic, ready to hijack the celebrations. We don’t want to be in Italy on those days, even if we are very well equipped with firewalls against these viruses. We don’t want a beautiful day to be stained with Banana Republic rhetoric.

As Tabucchi says in an interview today “The end of totalitarian governments is a good thing to celebrate, but you have to be careful. Someone could use it to scrutinize other conquests and other freedoms”.

The laboratory of post-democracy, Italy, is not the place where I want to be on that day.

2 Responses to “firewall”

  1. September 27, 2009 at 11:00

    just to warm up the issue.
    Just finished translating a conference on Immigrants organized and sponsored and hosted by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.
    Ministry of the Interior
    Ministry of Health, Education and Social Policies
    ANCI – Association of the Italian Municipalities
    ….. several other public entities

    On Stage:
    Minister MARONI
    Under secretary – Ministry of Foreign Affairs STEFANIS CRAXI
    High Commissioner – Margherita BONIVER
    Giuliano Amato!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the Major of NOVARA – a blast!
    several other Majors from all over Italy
    French, Spanish African Ministers and officials

    Well, seeing people like Mrs Stefania Craxi, Margherita Boniver and Co. was quite a thrill.

    Just a word of warning:
    According to the latest immigration policies devised by the Government in line with a number of other public institutions the following topical issues were discussed and are to become part of the political agenda on immigration for the near future.


    – be tall and blond
    – speak a dialect, possibily two
    – have 6 to 7 degrees
    – be flexible
    – be silent
    – be ready to say yes to whatever is being taken away from you
    – say loudly that you have the right of doing what you want to people
    – say as loudly that other people do not have any rights
    – when you need somebody and/or anything just go for
    – don’t worry, immigrants are anyway better off here than where they were
    – you are requested not to mention openly that sexual attributes are a plus when hiring labour from some countries
    – miscellanea

    Undefined number of policemen to “protect” us all
    The Buffet was hopeless

  2. 2 stripedcat
    September 27, 2009 at 12:31

    hi Paolo

    just back from a tour in the catacombs which are across the street (obviously we weren’t aware of their existence).

    gosh these people are like the Gotus, they are cutting the pipes bringing water to the city, cutting the pipes of democracy and leaving Italy isolated. Barbarians are within the gates!


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