The strike at USP as a “paidetic agora”

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By ARI MARCELO SOLON*

During the strike, we abandoned normal life. We cause a fissure in the existing order that allows us to create a space for struggle, reflection and solidarity

After January 8th, the right now compares the student strike to the Nazi holocaust.

Now, in addition to being offensive to the memory of millions who perished, it is historically inappropriate. However, there is a historical model that permeates the actions of young people.

Through their free participation in political life, the student citizen seeks to fulfill himself at the same time as he seeks to fulfill the community. It is through their direct participation in the debates of the sovereign General Assembly that student citizens develop [their] “moral virtues, [their] sense of civic responsibility, [their] conscious identification with the community, its traditions and its values”, this in the Greeks is called “paideia“. In this sense, student citizens have the right to stakeout.

Where direct democracy breathes, it is a democracy as a whole. Georges Sorel (2004, p. 82), in his interpretation of the Revolutions, already denounced: “The positivists, who eminently represent mediocrity, pride and pedantry, decreed that philosophy should give in to its science; but philosophy is not dead and has acquired a new and vigorous breath.”

The Faculty now constitutes a radically democratic space that aims for the common good of all students, including the most disadvantaged, at the limit, the Indians, but the black and poor quota students also remain incorporated into this group.

Marginalized referees now emerge from their situation of exclusion. Yes, in addition to winning gifts from Law firms, the aforementioned groups utopically see themselves as active citizens and sovereigns of law.

During the strike, we abandoned normal life. We cause a fissure in the existing order that allows us to create a space for struggle, reflection and solidarity.

I add: the comparison with the Holocaust hurts and is in no way valid.

*Ari Marcelo Solon He is a professor at the Faculty of Law at USP. Author, among others, of books, Paths of philosophy and science of law: German connection in the development of justice (Prism). https://amzn.to/3Plq3jT

Reference


SOREL, Georges. Reflections on Violence. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversityPress, 2004.


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