UKRAINE : JUST PRETEND TO KNOW WHAT NOT TO DO
Photo Source: Antonino Rampulla
The thousands of people who last night, February 24, 2022, crowded the squares of the main Russian cities to protest against the invasion of Ukraine , aware of the risk of suppressions and arrests (which took place on time), are carriers of the strongest critical and ethical stance of these unfortunate days. It is the evidence of how much the arbitrary historical exploitation, dangerous because if they became accepted customary they would justify any ambition of "D'Annunzio" (including the Chinese claims of Taiwan ), are considered insane even by a good portion of the Russian population.
The urgent question to be resolved concerns the rules of relativism .
Speaking only of what I have direct memory of (having personally experienced all the media narrative), I wonder what is "ethically" the difference between the invasions of Kuwait, the abuses of Milosevic, Assad or Gaddafi, compared to the invasion of 'Ukraine (as I am writing, Putin's troops are a few kilometers from Kiev, with all due respect to the exclusive protection of the pro-Russian Donbass).
Why hasn't "very heavy sanctions" been thought of also for Iraq or Serbia , instead of putting them on fire? Among other things, "very heavy sanctions" whose repercussions are much more serious for Europeans than for Americans...
Unfortunately, the answer, net of diplomatic parlor rhetoric, is a disconcerting banality: Putin not only has hypersonic missiles, difficult to intercept, capable of carrying nuclear warheads but also the right dose of madness to use them (as he has, not too subtly, already threatened to do); moreover, it is evident that it is not too "convenient" to preserve the integrity of Ukraine... In short, it is not worth it... Defend themselves... After all, Ukraine is not part of NATO! What about Kuwait? And Kosovo? Were they part of NATO?
In short, the ethics that justify the military interventions of the sheriffs of the universe is relative (relative to how militarily strong the opponent is, relative to how economically convenient it is). From this conclusion I do not want to simplistically deduce that the "right thing" to do is to intervene militarily in defense of Ukraine, because nuclear retaliation is a real problem . However, the fact remains that the school bully is slaughtering our little friend before our eyes and we are not doing anything, except to tell him that we will no longer play with him. The bully will probably be hurt afterwards, but in the meantime he continues to slaughter our weak friend. These are the facts. This is our helplessness that lays bare our hypocritical and relative ethics .
I do not want to further burden the discussion but today certain philosophical puzzles are very urgent and topical . Because this immobility is very reminiscent of that leap into the dark that Kierkegaard was hinting at, which we are not willing to take. This pretending to know what to do (or rather, what not to do) is the betrayal of the radical assumption of responsibility that for Heidegger defined (pardon the simplifying barbarism) the very essence of man (in fact for the German philosopher, paraphrasing a lot, the being there is the being for which, in the practice of its existence, its very being is at stake). In short, we would almost "instinctively" know what to do (ie that Putin's madness should be stopped ) but we do not know how to do it (and what little we do is not really doing it) due to the legitimate fear of the potential consequences in destructive terms. At least in 1939 there was still no nuclear deterrence...
If a world referendum asked me if I am in favor of the abolition of national armies, today I would probably have a hard time answering yes, thinking of "all-Russian" fanaticism today or of the Islamic State yesterday. And I'm sorry if I lost the romance of the twenty years. In my heart I still feel a nonviolent. However, what if the Putin on duty invented an anachronistic irredentism that would jeopardize the house where I am giving my children a roof?
Text Source: Antonino Rampulla
IDIOT TOURIST TAX
While there is talk of reducing the tax wedge and aid to companies as an incentive for job creation, the local political scarcity decides against the trend to increase the rates of the tourist tax. We should roll out a perpetual red carpet to the tourist who comes to spend money to sleep, eat, visit museums, crowd the bathing establishments, because (one really has to be intellectually gifted not to understand this…) if businesses survive, not only can they easily pay already expensive IMU, TARI and various surtaxes but, consequently, they can pay their employees so that they themselves pay their mites...But no! Tourist, do you want to come and visit what pertains to our municipal area? Then we punish you! Here's a nice tax (in our case) of 2 euros and 50 cents per night (for a maximum of 6 nights) if you are over the age of 14 and do not belong to any of the exceptions provided...
HOW YOU REFURBISH THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET AT THE EXPENSE OF TOURISTS. ONLY THAT BY LAW IT CANNOT BE DONE…
Since 24 November 2022, the Municipality of Noto has seen fit to "remodulate" the tourist tax to restore the municipal budget. From a range that until last summer ranged from €1 to €2 for a maximum of 4 consecutive nights, the City Council, through Resolution No. 57 of 11/24/2022, was "forced" to increase it from 2, €5 to €5 for a maximum of 6 nights.
Proportionate and gradual?
Obviously the problem does not arise for those who are willing to pay 200 or 300 euros a night in the center of Noto or for the VIP on duty. However, for a couple of students who pay 20 euros to stay in a tent in July, an extra 5 euros represents 25% of the amount, as well as for a family with two children over 14 who, in the same period, as far as regards, you would realistically pay €39 for the overnight stay and €10 for the tourist tax. Do they seem few to you?
At the turn of August, in the...
CHRONICLE OF THE CLEANING OF MARZAMEMI BEACH AND LETTER TO AN IDIOT
On May 17, 2022, the students of the Erasmus "Think Green" project, organized by the association "Attiva-Mente" of Modica, together with the boys of "The Tree of Life" of Pachino, met to clean up the beach of Marzamemi, in the Spinazza district, collecting everything that does not exactly fall into the categories of shells, sand or algae.Armed with bags and gloves, they then beat every square meter of public beach, filling numerous bags with all kinds of waste (it seems evident that bathers have erroneous beliefs about the biodegradable properties of glass and plastic). Gaetano and I, as companions, crashed into the pleasant collection activity and, between a broken sink pipe and an empty bottle of discount beer, from time to time we took the opportunity to take some photos (him) and enjoy ourselves in strokes in a more than free style among the waves of the sea (me).Everything seemed...
THE SENSE OF OTHERS - REFLECTIONS ON AN ERASMUS
In 1994 Anthropologist Marc Augé published one of his most important and influential literary works: "The sense of others. Current anthropology". Close to the philosophical thought for which "the identification of oneself occurs only in the relationship with otherness", he wrote about how the attempt to understand the Cultural Other was a reflection of the search for one's own cultural identity.In a world that travels swiftly towards supranational political structures, I found I have much less in common with my neighbor than with a Romanian girl or a Georgian boy... In the years when nationalisms are sadly making a comeback, we can still really talk seriously national identity? In other words, are we really sure that the average 20-year-old Russian cares about Putin's "sense" of national identity? This is a purely theoretical discourse, considering the regime's propaganda.I have...
FROM "PANI I CASA" TO "SCACCIA": GENESIS OF A SICILIAN PIZZA
U pani i casa
I have vivid childhood memories in which we "went down" to Sicily, in Pachino, to spend the long summer holidays with my grandparents, during which I had the pleasure of attending one of those social rituals with an ancient flavor several times, handed down for who knows how many generations, common to most Sicilian rural families: the preparation of pani i casa.
Until the end of the 1980s, at my grandparents' house, with the help of my mother first and my uncle then, the pani i casa was made weekly, then much more rarely, up to the almost complete abandonment of the habit (probably due to the spread of bakeries more and more close at hand or, simply, to the evolution of different ways of life). In my grandmother's story there is the nostalgic tone of the ancient, of the flavors of the past which, by dogmatic definition, were better than those of today... My mother,...
ONLY PROPAGANDA? REFLECTIONS ON AN INVASION
I write this third post on the war in Ukraine as a pretext for my personal need to investigate, to understand an event after which the world will certainly be, in one way or another, radically different. The difficulty, ever since concrete winds of war began to blow last year, has been trying to intercept the most "objective" information possible. The metaphor is the recent Bucha massacre : not only do the Russians deny that their armed forces are responsible but even claim that it is all Ukrainian (and Western) hype to discredit them. Putin's "special operation" would have been triggered at the request of the Russian speakers of the Donbass, with respect to whom Kiev, since 2014, would have even planned a genocide: at this point I would rather tend to believe the OSCE observers, of whom I have already written in a previous post, whose narrative is substantially different. If we wanted...
FROM THE ATTRACTIVE OF NATO TO THE ALLEGED GENOCIDE IN THE DONBASS
This "post" is the result of my personal need to better understand the flood of information and opinions that are investing us in these days on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. In particular, I tried to understand if the expansion of NATO is really the main engine of Putin's actions, if it is right to force Ukraine to a possible future as a buffer state and if there really has been a genocide of Ukrainian citizens in the Donbass of Russian ethnicity.
BORN BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOWS
NATO was formed shortly after the end of the Second World War, with an implicit anti-Soviet function: the isolation of West Berlin in 1948 by the Red Army, which forced the Western powers to organize an airlift to supply it, was the decisive fact at the birth of the North Atlantic Alliance. In the text of the Treaty there is however a constant self-subordination to the United Nations (of which,...
How a campsite is born and evolves - The cynical truth
THE SOCIAL CONDITION
I come from a family that has acquired relative economic well-being over time, not because of some kind of arcane passive income, but simply because of my father and my mother's career choices and financial management. All my grandparents were in fact simple farmers who, thanks to hard work in the countryside, were not sick but did not even sail in gold. However, they were doing well enough for their children to study. As the son of peasants, my father was thus able to retire as a General of the Italian Army.
WITHOUT MONEY YOU CANNOT SING MASS
To set up the campsite, I tried to intercept the funds that Europe donates through the Region of Sicily. However, between the presidencies of Cuffaro and Lombardo, those funds were "frozen" (there were but for the moment unavailable ...)
In any case, to access those non-repayable loans in the very attractive...