Le Pen, and a Conversation in a Taxi
(Carmen Negrin, -France
07/25/17 10:02 AM)
With his reference to the "Reds," I understood who Eugenio Battaglia would be referring to in Spain, but I wasn't totally sure who he was referring to in Italy. But yes, it is true that I was pulling his leg!
In any case, of course this terminology, which puts everyone in the same bucket, is very practical for certain purposes, but not very precise or correct. I would consider myself (outside the US) as pink, but I guess these many colors take too much time to explain, especially in a nationalistic environment.
By the way, and this should make Eugenio happy, I took a taxi today and mentioned the fact that if Le Pen had won the elections I would have left France. He asked me why. My answer, almost apolitical (except in the US), was: "Because I am a democrat."
So he started giving me a history lesson about how all the wars had been initiated by democrats, WWI, WWII, all the 19th-century ones. I thought it was quite interesting to hear how history can be reinterpreted according to one's ideals, in this case Le Pen's and how these ideas have spread again and become banalized, and finally, how memory needs to be constantly refreshed.
Sorry to say but he didn't get a tip!
JE comments: France must be like Latin America, inasmuch as you can always count on a spirited political discussion from taxistas. But Carmen: was your taxi driver talking about "small-d" democrats, or the capital-D party in the United States? If the former, blaming them for the World Wars is folly. It is true that the US had a Democratic president when it entered most of its wars: WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.