Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Un fantasma abandona Europa: La crisis de la unidad

Gemma del Olmo Campillo


For quite a long time a phenomenon has been developing in Europe that today has been made evident with the diverse protest movements that have arisen from people’s dissafectation with the political corruption and enormous inadequacies of the system. This phenomenon is the gradual rejection of the political forms belonging to the nineteenth century, where unity was sought in order to create a common front, a compact block, to achieve one same objective everywhere. But what was once useful for politics today does not seem to work, perhaps because of the abuse and the decadence of the political classes, the misuse of voters’ support, and the betrayal of their trust. What is clear is that there is a change in political forms that can be seen both in the social movements that have arisen out of the energy of the unhappiness and, in an earlier period, in the women’s movement. In both cases, the vitality of these movements lies in the absence of leaders and in their diversity - curiously, curiously, in what before was considered a weakness. Their strength comes, then, from direct contact with reality, with life and with the desires of those who make up these movements, without the pretension of cancelling out any of them; that is its strength.

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