Our politicians have made a joke of institutions, procedures, décor, political debate and partisan politics. This is what will continue to dominate the political landscape if it is not for a strong democratic civil society.
Filwaqt li nifhem li din il-pandemija ġabet magħha diffikultajiet ġodda, urietna b’mod iktar ċar ix-xquq li kienu diġà preżenti fis-sistema ekonomika u politika dominanti qabel inqala’ dan kollu.
Contrary to what many want to make us believe, this republic is far from immaculate. Acknowledging this might help us resist the dirtier among us.
No person is an island. We need to shift our language of ‘individual problems’ to a discourse of social causation and situatedness. Now more than ever, we need to connect each other’s problems to find their root causes and foster opportunities for solidarity.
“You have to compromise”, the adults in the room say.
We’re losing spaces where we can be social human beings. And this is where literature has a space. Authors can identify such cracks and vocalise them.
“The fact that the film is set in the 1950s enables the film-maker to bring in overt examples of ableism, sexism, racism, classism and homophobia.”