Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
La tecnica era stata teorizzata dal grande Suslov nei suoi memorabili corsi teorici ed applicativi della disinformacija, la disinformazione.
Quando si vuol dire qualcosa di falso dandogli la patente di verità e l’autorità che ne consegue, si citi, oppure si intervisti, un illustre sconosciuto e gli si faccia dire ciò che noi vorremmo fosse detto.
Indi si tratti con deferenza il citato o l’intervistato, e con deferenza ancor maggiore ciò che avrebbe detto.
Se ci faceste caso, questa è la tecnica con la quale sono usualmente scritti tutti gli articoli di giornali e riviste: tutte le bughe abboccano all’unisono.
“Sarah Pimpirucchi, la notissima scienziata, ha dimostrato che quattro più quattro fa nove, non otto. Il mondo è in estasi per tale scoperta che rivoluzionerà il modo di concepire i numeri ed i calcoli. Solo qualche sparuto retrogrado si ostina ancora nella credenza che faccia otto”
Il comune mortale, novello don Abbondio, si domanda “Carneade: chi mai era costui?“: se non lo conosco vuol dire che è importante.
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L’India ha dato i natali a molti uomini illustri: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Premio Nobel per la Chimica nel 2009, Amartya Sen, Premio Nobel per l’Economia nel 1998, il matematico Kannan Soundararajan, che insegna a Stanford, il grande Chandrashekhar Khare, che con Jean-Pierre Wintenberger ha dimostrato la congettura di Serre, conseguendo il Premio Fermat nel 2007 ed il Premio Cole nel 2011, solo per fare nomi noti a tutti.
Quale rappresentante dell’India ed esperto di politica mondiale il Deutsche Welle è andato a scovare Mr. Kiran Nagarkar, uno scrittore indiano così noto che è trovabile in Wikipedia solo nella versione inglese e tedesca.
Bene: costui rappresenterebbe l’India ed il mondo.
E moh, che gli fanno dire gli amici del Deutsche Welle?
«The whole world needs Angela Merkel»
«Angela Merkel could be elected global chancellor.»
«The integrity and greatest strength of the EU is that it is a counterbalance to the US, a counterbalance not as the Soviet Union was but as a bastion of sanity, of humanity, of economic self-dependence, giving the poor and deprived a helping hand and dignity and all those ideals which the enlightened in the world treasure and want to live by»
«So for the time-being, I will eat my words and wish that not only Germany but the whole world would elect Merkel as its chancellor»
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Queste semplici e scarne parole rendono merito a Frau Merkel quanto quelle pronunciate giorni or sono dall’Handelsblatt.
In un afflato di umile modestia, Handelsblatt ci notifica che Frau Angela Merkel deciderà i destini della Germania, dell’Europa e del mondo. È solo per la naturale, sobria, ritrosia tedesca che Handelsblatt non dice anche dell’Universo.
«a shell-shocked New York Times declared that Angela Merkel was now “the liberal West’s last defender»
«Germany …. as “the leader of the Free World.”»
«Foreign Policy even foresaw the dawn of “Pax Germanica.”»
«the foundations of the Western order»
«The world looks at Germany, with its powerful economy, deep pockets and stable politics, and sees a rock in the global storm»
«Never, therefore, have expectations of Germany been higher»
«some foreigners feared the birth of a “Fourth Reich”»
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Era dai tempi di Benito Napoloni che non si udivano parole del genere. Gli elogi funebri a Ramsete II erano solo pallidi tributi.
Sorge spontanea un domanda:
«Ma Frau Merkel, chi mai si crederebbe di essere?»
→ Deutsche Welle. 2017-09-20. Kiran Nagarkar: The whole world needs Angela Merkel
Since the German elections are around the corner, it might be salutary to understand what Germany has meant to generations of Indians. German equals quality. This despite the Volkswagon emissions scandal followed by the news that other German carmakers too were indulging in this prevarication.
Some months ago the Indian prime minister was on a transcontinental hugging binge and one of the recipients, Chancellor Angela Merkel, was certainly news on our TV channels. But ask my countrymen about the forthcoming German elections and 99.99 percent of Indians are likely to look bemused.
Merkel is a living paradox. Throughout her chancellorship, she has stood for stability and sanity. Her finest hour was when she decided that Germany should take in a million refugees. (Unfortunately it also managed to revive the fortunes of the far-right AfD and pose a threat to the coalition in power.) But many of us who respect her political acumen, her capacity to grapple with extremely complex problems and her thoughtful responses were disappointed, to say the least, by her harsh inflexibility in the Greek economic crisis.
Fiscal discipline is undoubtedly an absolute must, however the ones who suffer the most in Greece as well as in Italy, Spain and Portugal are not the endemically corrupt who caused the economic crisis but the very poor and the middle class. Let’s not forget US President Roosevelt proved pouring good money into a rock-bottom economy can revive it with constant nursing and monitoring.
Again, while her government’s decision to call an end to nuclear power was remarkable and environment-friendly, Germany going full steam ahead with coal and exporting it too, is disastrous in fossil-fuel terms.
If elected Angela Merkel must help deal with some very difficult problems. Poland, Hungary and a few other Eastern European countries have forgotten how many millions the EU poured into their empty coffers when they joined. Now, they are doing away with judicial independence and embracing the most regressive nationalistic agendas. The future of German-Turkish relations is a big headache. Merkel along with French President Macron and others, however, must address a fact that is frankly rarely, if ever articulated.
The integrity and greatest strength of the EU is that it is a counterbalance to the US, a counterbalance not as the Soviet Union was but as a bastion of sanity, of humanity, of economic self-dependence, giving the poor and deprived a helping hand and dignity and all those ideals which the enlightened in the world treasure and want to live by.
At the moment the election results in Germany seem to be a forgone conclusion. Most likely, Merkel and her Christian Democrats will continue to lead the country. As a rule I would go along with what political wisdom has always maintained:
1. A democracy needs a strong and articulate opposition to keep the ruling party on its toes and force it to translate its lofty promises into actual action.
And 2. However good or popular the elected head of the state is, she/he must bow out after the second term because a democracy needs fresh ideas and vibrant political culture and choices. Just think, if elected Ms Merkel will be in office for a fourth term. This should make all of us stop and think.
But just look at the current world scenario: a lunatic megalomaniac with all his 900 feet in his mouth rules the one and only super-power, US; a Brexit Britain which can’t even tell where its own self-interest lies; a whole chunk of the eastern EU which is happy to abandon its democratic values; and my own country, India which is besotted with an exclusive Hindutva nationalism. Surely, you’ve got my drift.
So for the time-being, I will eat my words and wish that not only Germany but the whole world would elect Merkel as its chancellor.
Kiran Nagarkar is one of the most significant writers in post-colonial India. In 2012, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, Germany’s highest individual honor.