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A few things I have published

It’s publishing time. After a long period focusing on my PhD project, I am now working hard on to revise and get published some old and some new stuff. Today openDemocracy was so kind to put online a short piece I have written on why regional and provincial governments might invent a progressive tradition in order to justify claims to self-government. This is how the article looks like

Civil rights: playing the territorial card
May 8th, 2014
Sub-state institutions may claim that they need self-government in order to maintain their distinct progressive tradition while, in reality, the distinct progressive tradition is often created in order to justify claims to self-government.

If the article is not too bad, that’s mainly due to my friend Iris, who helped me making the contents a bit more clear also for those who are not into politics.

For Italian speakers, in the last few months I did not advertise the articles I have published on Unimondo. But now it’s time to do that again. Some are not too bad, I have tried to be funny and a bit original. Here’s a small selection.

Russi di tutto il mondo unitevi!
30 Aprile 2014
La dottrina del Presidente Putin sull’ingerenza russa oltre confine “per proteggere i cittadini e i compatrioti” è molto pericolosa e spaventa le ex Repubbliche sovietiche

Fine vita, tra diritti individuali e voglia di indipendenza

20 Marzo 2014

A sostegno delle rivendicazioni di indipendenza di varie regioni nel mondo non arrivano i carri armati come in Crimea, bensì le leggi a sostegno dei diritti, dall’immigrazione all’eutanasia.

Scozia libera! Il referendum entra nel vivo
20 Febbraio 2014
18 settembre 2014, la Scozia sceglierà l’indipendenza? Batterà così moneta, avrà un suo esercito, chiederà di aderire all’UE? Tutte le questioni di un passaggio storico.

Cina, il calcio è l’ultima frontiera
04 Febbraio 2014
Nelle Olimpiadi del 2008 la Cina era in cima al medagliere. Oggi è stabilmente la seconda economia del mondo. Ma nel calcio è surclassata dai vicini /nemici del Giappone. Adesso si corre ai ripari.

Local resistance to global austerity: it will never work

A few weeks ago I read one article from Dr. Greg Sharzer and I am still thinking about it. Greg Sharzer is the author of No Local and an Adjunct Researcher at Gyeongsang National University in South Korea. In this article he argues that the localist form of citizenship may empower us, but it cannot confront capitalism. Against a global network of power must emerge globalised forms of struggle.

I am not sure I agree with the message of the article. I always thought that localist forms of citizenship are the most efficient and the most immediate response to the destruction that derives from global capitalism. Just to be sure, global capitalism is not entirely bad: as other phenomena it brought positive innovations, but at the same time it undeniably entails very powerful and dangerous consequences, which need to be understood, discussed, and tackled. Should we do so locally or globally?

I am puzzled. This is certainly one of the most important and fascinating debates for all those confronted with political and social problems nowadays.

The right to frontiers

Frontiers have become awfully unfashionable. The Italian pacifist movement is essentially based on the motto: non muri, ma ponti. Walls are perceived to be just bad. But what if the solution to managing power is not fewer borders but more? This is the idea behind Régis Debray’s Éloge des frontières (2010), which shows that frontiers and borders are necessary “rites de passage”. Without frontiers, it is suggested on openDemocracy, there is a real risk of reverting to the reign of the old Roman deity Terminus which defied diverse identities and differentiated cultures. An old popular detto is  that Good fences make good neighbors. Unity is good, but diversity is better, some may say. Is a world without frontiers a better world, really?

Change. But which one?

This is one of the clearest and most complete articles I have read so far on the outcome of the Italian elections. And this is another one.

Europe 2.0: Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders

Is national citizenship still a valid organizational factor in the context of the crisis? A radical re-thinking of political citizenship, based on smaller entities such as Catalonia, Scotland or Flanders, may emerge as a reaction to growing imbalances.

This is the incipit of an article I wrote, which was published yesterday on openDemocracy, “a website for debate about international politics and culture, offering news and opinion articles from established academics, journalists and policymakers”. A big thanks goes to Mita, who helped me with the language review.