The emergence of an international protest movement without a coherent
program is therefore not an accident it reflects a deeper crisis. one
without eh obvious solution. The situation is like that of psychoanalysis.
where the patient knows the answer this symptoms are such answers)
but thegam' t know to tmy ' llt, and thtt I' ll! to
formulate a question. Only through such a patient work a program will
In an old joke from the defunct German Democratic Republic, a German
worker gels slob in Siberia. answers of how H mail will be read by
censors. he felts his friends:
Let' s establish a code: in letter you will get from me is
written in ordinary blue Ink, it is true, if it is written in red ink,
it is false.‘
Alter s month. his friends get the that letter written in blue Ink:
Everything is wonderful here: stores are full, food is
abundant. apartments are large and property heated.
theatres show ' m from the west. there are many beautiful
gins ready for an at‘ lair- the only thing unavailable is red
And is this not our situation till now‘? We have all the freedoms one
Fill - thtt only thing missing ll. the “red ink“: WI ' ll fl‘ -ll EUR W!
lack the very language to articulate our unfreezes. What this lack of red
ink means is that today. alt the main tonne we use to designate the
present conflict - "war on terror". ‘democracy and freedom‘, "human
rig Ms'', etc - are false terms. mystifying our perception of the situation
instead of allowing Us tn think it.
The task today is to give the protesters red in k,