Easter 2021 seems to be classed as a chapter in some Orwell-style or Huxley-style dystopian novel. To support our thesis, which even at first might appear exaggeratedly radical, is a mass of news accumulating in these hours; news that would seem to have been invented from scratch and which, unfortunately, concern the reality we inhabit, helping to make Orwell himself appear as an amateur. “La Nazione” tells us that controls have intensified and that much attention will be paid to take-away doses, through which dangerous family bands that dare to challenge the dpcm and gather for the feast day will be vanquished.
“Il Piccolo”, for its part, generously offers its readers the guide with Easter bans as a tribute, an unmissable vademecum in order not to run into the salty sanctions connected to the new therapeutic Leviathan. The “Corriere di Bologna”, then, informs us that in the city called “the Learned” (and which by now should also be called “the armored car”) helicopters are used to track down dangerous gatherings of human beings from above. who have not yet metabolized the sacred principle of social distancing, the fulcrum of the new regime which, in order to protect your life, expropriates you of all freedom and all rights.
In Tempio Pausania, in Sardinia, we learn that the cemetery and the market have been closed, in order to contain the spread of the virus in these days linked to the Easter holidays. The list could go on and on, of course. But this is not the fundamental point. The thing on which we must seriously think, however, is that in the name of the fight against the virus the unjustifiable is once again justified, a full-blown regime, every day more oppressive and inhumane, which always legitimizes itself thanks to the tested biosecuritary narrative, according to which life as survival is the most important thing: to guarantee it in an emergency, everything can and must be sacrificed.
It is the basis of this spool or yo-yo pandemic. From phase 2 to phase 1. And so on indefinitely. Here’s how I explain to you in simple words and within everyone’s reach the essence of the epidemiological emergency as a new paradigm for the governance of things and people. There is the idea that, given the emergency, there is a need for emergency regulations. Then the emergency becomes a new normality and therefore also the norms activated for the emergency become a new normality. With this came the great change o great reset what to say if you want. The gratitude-filled surrender of the majority is assured.
Diego Fusaro (Turin 1983) teaches history of philosophy at the IASSP in Milan (Institute for High Strategic and Political Studies) and is the founder of the National Interest association (www.interessenazionale.net). Among his most fortunate books, “Welcome back Marx!” (Bompiani 2009), “The future is ours” (Bompiani 2009), “Thinking otherwise” (Einaudi 2017).