viernes, agosto 20, 2010


El título no va por la incertidumbre a raiz de la caducidad de Fibertel.

Imagine a large country in the middle of Europe. Formerly prosperous and independent, now it is only a shabby Russian protectorate. Its economy is in a shambles, its culture decaying; it is ruled by a corrupt oligarchy that takes money and instructions from foreign ambassadors. It seems that nothing can stop the country’s drive toward self-destruction.
But all of a sudden a miracle occurs. The people wake up. They want the right to decide their country’s future. Represented by a new generation of activists and thinkers, they demand essential democratic and libertarian reforms. And, what is even more miraculous, they succeed in implementing some of them. Progressive Western circles applaud, but the governments are slightly upset by the prospect of a disturbance in Europe’s balance of power. The Russian protectors threaten the country with open invasion; the domestic oligarchy is humiliated and furious. Backed by their foreign sponsors, they finally find the only ‘solution’ left to them: they cook up a plot and declare a war against their own people. All previous reforms and democratic laws are abolished; the country is placed under occupation. European governments utter a furtive sigh of relief: order has been restored, the balance of power is intact. Now the reader . . . may ask: . . . but what’s the use of recounting yet again the well-known story of Solidarity? The reader is wrong. I have not summed up the story of 1980-1981 but that of 1791-1793: the story of democratic reforms embodied in the Constitution of the Third of May and their annihilation by a confederacy of Polish magnates backed and financed by Empress Catherine the Great, which in turn led to the Second Partition of Poland.

Norman Davies, Heart of Europe: The past in Poland's present p. 389
Con una exposición muy bizarra, cuenta la historia de Polonia desde adelante hacia atrás. Empieza en 1983 y termina en la prehistoria. Y después vuelve a 1980. O sea, una historia ya no cíclica, sino directamente anticíclica. Para muestra sirve lo de arriba. La historia podrá no ser cíclica, pero no quita que en el imaginario así se la represente.

3 comentarios:

MagnusGodmunsson dijo...

"Los supieron los arduos alumnos de Pitágoras
Los átomos y los hombres vuelven cíclicamente"

Tu artículo me recordó La Noche Cíclica de Borges.

En cuanto a tu comentario sobre Rothbard, coincido que el Imperialismo está mal y es injustificable, pero no podés acusar a USA de ser la asura imperialista más grande y mirar con cariño a la Unión Soviética. Es muy hipócrita. No me gusta ese oportunismo en Rothbard, justo él que reivindicaba valores morales y después se junta con los hippies promiscuos y colectivistas. Además de esa retórica psicobolche digna de una gazetilla del Partido Obrero.
Por suerte Murray retomó su norte poco después. Los 60's fueron una época rara para todos.

hugo dijo...

rara no se magnus, pero si tan feliz y en la que forjamos tantas ilusiones!!!

Anónimo dijo...

Muy loco, séver la airotsih anu íel acnun.

La Noche Cíclica de Borges inspiró un disco de Piazzolla (The rough dancer and the cyclical night), cuyo inlay fui a buscar y dice: "Here also is Piazzolla looking back at Piazzolla. And as he does so, traces of old melodies, familiar gestures and what is to come, turn around and around in a tight embrace, like dancers. [...] Time, here, is circular. Somewhere in the shadows, Borges, with an ironic smile, approves". Y Polonia también.