El populisme d’uns, la democràcia dels altres

Alguns detalls del discurs d’investidura de Donald Trump del passat 20 de gener: 

I

“[…] today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to the other, but from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.” […]

“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether out government is controlled by the people.” […]

“January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.” […]

II

“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, immigration, foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders.” […]

III

“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.” […]

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement.” […]

“At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.”

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Del discurs de Trump en diuen populisme, encara que allò que digui Trump potser obtindria un 10 en un examen de “Principis democràtics fonamentals”: apel·lació a la sobirania popular (I), apel·lació a allò nostre (II) i apel·lació al govern del poble per al poble (III). Davant d’això, qui sap si quan parlem de populisme només ens estem referint a allò que no ens agrada de la democràcia encara que sigui profundament democràtic o, dit d’una altra manera, afirmem tímidament que amb els principis de la democràcia pura no n’hi ha prou. Si això és així, l’elecció de Trump ens ensenya coses molt importants sobre la cura amb la qual ens hem de prendre les demandes de puresa democràtica.

Jf

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