My article, which was published in Elefteros Typos today at 23 October
The revolution of Traditions
Since a year ago, in regular time intervals, apublished ever increasing number of people, is protesting in French cities, under the name, “Protest for Everyone”. It is a diverse congregation of people, particularly strong and fighting, despite the hard policing methods of dealing with them, by the socialist government. Main demand of this movement is the defense of eternal cultural values, among which are the concept of family and the nation. As their opponents they point to the progressives who call them ‘extremists’, ‘religious fanatics’ and other names in the same spirit. However, the main claim of this conscious crowd is not either party oriented, or political ideology. It is above all the need to avoid dispersing the society nucleuses such as society. For them progress is not connected to dispersive of values. It is not an annihilating totalitarianism. Does not mean indifferent neutrality as boundaries of the either silent or loud condemn of historical, cultural, religious or national symbolisms. It is barbarically unjust, to watch young and grown men and women of different political and cultural origins to demand the maintenance of old values and for that to be called, scotadists, reactionaries, conservative. The communist skepticism, at the border of an all out merchandising, leads society, in a ‘progressive’ decline, like the one we live in today, with the youth deprived of proper education, and citizens deprived of culturally. The “progress” of “relativeness” drives to value nihilism. The “Protest for Everyone” is a quiet resistance against this nihilism. It attempts to guard basic human values. “We abandon nothing” shouts the crowd, and their decisiveness is obvious. It is a post modern social movement where evolution and traditional values must be in synergy and not in conflict. This movement does want to lose institutional foundations of civilization, does not want the dismantling of family and nation. It believes in their roots and not in the nomadic way or to the abolition of borders. Although they are not supported by the official political parties, in fear that they might be called “politically anorthodox”, they are however expressing the agony of citizens’ identity questions. The identity issue as an existence question is therefore entering the movement as a main issue. Who are we culturally speaking? Where are we going to? How we survive the heat of globalization? Those are amongst others the main questions/issues of this revolution of tradition, which slowly and steadily paves its own way without help or guidance from the official political parties. Without the assistance of the political elite and the media, this crowd enforces its silent resistance against the bulldozing of an ill perceived communist progressiveness.