Language cultures


I read a splendid article in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica published January 10. As it is a translation of a article in EL PAIS written by ANTONIO MUÑOZ MOLINA I decided to look at the original article in Spanish to check the correctness in the Italian translation.

The title of the article is “En defensa de Greta”. It contains a interesting analysis of the Spanish and Italian culture and human attitude.

The article

Here is the Spanish English translation of some interesting parts:

It begins with:

“Greta Thunberg literally puts us face to face with our degree of personal responsibility to the great climate crisis which is already happening. She gives us the example of an activism……”

And now comes the view I am especially interested in:

“The people of my generation are politically educated in a world of  nice abstractions that did not need to transform into anything concrete in our daily lives.” 
“One said something and that was enough for something to become real instantly.”

<With the political and moral arrogance of that time we should have been vaccinated against this type of progressive heroism that consisted only of clouds of words destined to hide  behaviors that are often dirty. 

In Spanish: “hubiera debido vacunarnos contra ese tipo de heroísmos progresistas que consistían solo en nubes de palabras destinadas a envolver comportamientos con frecuencia canallescos.” Source: )

“We have met incorruptible wrestlers who rode in rage if they were not housed in luxury hotels….”

I really like the description “clouds of words to  hide dirty  behaviors” as it is often seen among some upper class people in Italy that are proud of the Italian literal history and that don’t want to identiy themselves with the lower “ignorant” class.


A new era of politicians

Some politicians have changed their comunication strategy, using a less abstract language but being skilled in lying and scareing. It started in Italy with  Mussolini who inspired party leaders like Giorgio Almirante of “Movimento Sociale”, Berlusconi of “Forza Italia” and today Salvini (la Lega). as in USA with Donald Trump many other  populistic party leaders, often on the right wing attract voters with unmotivated fear and  dangereous lies.

Some politicians that are not able to answer embarassing questions either go back hinding themselves under the ususal cloud of words or do their best to deviate with others answers or….

In Malta we have seen the worst scenario with the killing of Daphne Anne Caruana Galizia 2 years ago, a killing that reminds of the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But many populist  leaders do not need to go so far, as they have cells (like ISIS cells) with fanatics that can act anytime.

The difference between these two classes of politicians

  • The “Cloud of word” politicians are difficult to understand and critizise. Burt they dont get the masses of voters neither.
  • The lying and treathening politicians on the other sider are dangereous as these attract easily many voters who do not have the possibility to check with reality.

Greta not only uses a language understandable for the masses but also shows how we can do to stop a climate change. Greta may become a raw non hyporit model for a new class of politicians that have a sincere will to change things without any hidden egosism

Asa friend of mine said “Politicians are schooled to talk but not to act.”

In Sweden we see many politicians who are able to use a understandable language but they still do not able to demarquerade the right wing Sverigedemokraterna (SD) lies and their spreading of unmotivated fear.

In Italy, I have not yet seen Italian politicians who are able to talk tot the people without falling into the old clouds (in Italian called politichese). It is a rooted instict to show intelligence and authoority by using difficult words and formulations.