28/05/2012

No one rules if no one obeys

Active non-violence is a protest tactic, related to civil disobedience, which calls for a revolutionary politic, social and cultural change without the use of violence. The term was coined in the 30s and 40s of the XXth century with the Indian independent movement led by Mahatma Gandhi, which in turn was inspired by Leo Tolstoy, to whom he even wrote letters, and the American writer and philosopher Henry D. Thoreau.

Although there have been numerous later and well-known examples such as Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson in the United States, the Carnation Revolution in Portugal or the Solidarity Union of Lech Walesa in Poland, there are also solid past success in the application of these methods: Finns won greater autonomy from the Tsarist Russia en 1905, Hungary’s independence from Austria in 1867 and Roman commoners revolted against the patricians for their citizens rights in what it may be the first non-violence fight.

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The plebeian struggles suppose the origin of the general strikes, which the filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci portrayed so well in his film ‘Novecento’ —’The Fourth State’, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, 1901

The commoner fight actually consisted in several episodes known as Secessio Plebis —Commoner’s Secession— which happened between 394 and 287 BC, the most important being the first and the last.

In the year 494 BC, they organized a kind of general strike which paralyzed the city and threatened to create a new independent community in the Monte Sacro, on the outskirts of Rome. The protest culminated in an agreement, known as Lex Duodecim Tabularum —Law of the XII Tables—, which contained obvious improvements for peoples’ life and it is considered as the origin of Roman Law.

In 287 BC they paralyzed the city again and took the mountains again, these time the Monte Aventino, and the Senate finally accepted the commoner’s decisions —plebis scitum— as a valid content to create laws, even above legislators’ will.

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You can fight with flowers —’Flower Thrower’, Banksy, 2005
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‘Mi trabajo en realidad consiste en humanizar políticos’

—Oscar Camps es socorrista, empresario y activista, conocido por ser el fundador y director de la ONG badalonesa Proactiva Open Arms. Era propietario de una empresa de salvamento en Badalona, al lado de Barcelona, llamada Proactiva Aquatic Services, que se dedicaba a los servicios marítimos, principalmente seguridad acuática y socorrismo.
En el contexto de la crisis de los refugiados y la Guerra Civil Siria, cuando miles de personas perdieron la vida tratando de llegar a Europa, Camps decidió trasladarse a Lesbos, una isla griega ubicada cerca de Turquía, para evaluar la situación sobre el terreno.
La clave que lo empujó a ponerse en movimiento fue la publicación de las imágenes del cadáver de Aylan Kurdi, un niño de tres años que se había ahogado al intentar realizar el viaje con su familia. Como la empresa tenía mucha experiencia en vigilancia de playas, él y algunos colegas decidieron aplicar sus conocimientos sobre salvar vidas para ayudar a rescatar a los refugiados que intentaban llegar a la Unión Europea a través del mar Egeo. En septiembre de 2015 decidió fundar la ONG Proactiva Open Arms.
Medios de comunicación de toda Europa informaron sobre la actividad de la ONG en Lesbos, y como resultado Camps visitó el Parlamento Europeo para hablar en nombre de los refugiados.
Fue nombrado Europeo del Año 2019 por la revista estadounidense Reader's Digest en reconocimiento a su 'gran labor humanitaria, habiendo rescatado a más de 59.000 migrantes desesperados de las aguas del Egeo y el Mediterráneo en tres años y medio'.

‘My work is actually about humanizing politicians’

—Oscar Camps is a lifeguard, businessman and activist, best known for being the founder and director of the Badalonese NGO Proactiva Open Arms. He was the owner of a lifeguard company established in Badalona, ​​near Barcelona, in Spain, called Proactiva Aquatic Services, which was dedicated to maritime services, mainly aquatic safety and lifeguards.
In the context of the refugee crisis and the Syrian Civil War, when thousands of people lost their lives trying to reach Europe, Camps decided to go to Lesbos, a Greek island located near Turkey, to assess the situation on the land.
The key event that motivated him to get moving was the publication of the images of the corpse of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old boy who had drowned trying to make the journey with his family. As the company had a lot of experience in beach surveillance, he and a few colleagues decided to apply their life-saving knowledge to help rescue refugees trying to reach the European Union via the Aegean Sea. In September 2015, he decided to found the NGO Proactiva Open Arms.
Media from all over Europe reported on the NGO's activity on Lesbos, as a result of which Camps came to visit the European Parliament to speak on behalf of the refugees.
He was named European of the Year 2019 by the American magazine Reader's Digest in recognition of his 'great humanitarian work, having rescued more than 59,000 desperate migrants from the waters of the Aegean and the Mediterranean in three and a half years'.

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Esta bombilla californiana lleva encendida desde el año 1901 —Imagen Unknown Author
Antes de que los fabricantes adoptaran la obsolescencia como norma, allá por la década de 1920, se fabricó una bombilla en junio de 1901... que sigue funcionando hoy en día, más de cien años después. Se encuentra en una estación de bomberos de Livermore, California, en Estados Unidos. El artilugio despierta mucha curiosidad, por inusual, hasta el punto de que han instalado una webcam para seguir los años de vida de esta 'anomalía'. ¡Y no es la única! Hay más bombillas centenarias funcionando, aunque no tan longevas. Esta bombilla eterna inspiró al español Benito Muros, presidente de OEP Electrics, para crear una bombilla LED que no se gasta nunca. Muros, además, ha emprendido una encrucijada contra la finitud de los productos de la economía actual. Creó el Movimiento SOP —Sin Obsolescencia Programada— como 'una nueva manera de pensar, de hacer las cosas. De crear un nuevo sistema en que los productos estén diseñados y hechos para durar para siempre y que no nos obligue a gastar innecesariamente, y ser más respetuosos con nuestro planeta', según relata el propio Muros en una entrevista en La Vanguardia en 2012. Como es fácil imaginar, la bombilla de Benito Muros tiene dificultades para entrar en el mercado. Según cuenta en la misma entrevista, 'las distribuidoras nos dicen que viven de las que se funden, y los grandes almacenes nos proponen duplicar su precio, a lo que nos hemos negado. Hemos tenido ofertas millonarias para no sacarla al mercado y amenazas de muerte, que están en manos de la policía'. La idea es sencilla: si los productos no tienen fecha de caducidad, no se generarán residuos. Las voces que apoyan la obsolescencia argumentan que su desaparición colapsaría el sistema, ya que miles de personas perderían su puesto de trabajo. Lo cierto es que en el planeta ya somos más de 7000 millones de personas. La cantidad media de basura que generamos cada uno de nosotros es de más de 1 kilo al día, según la oficina de estadística Eurostat. Es decir, en un día producimos más de 7000 millones de kilos de basura. Muchos de estos residuos no son biodegradables, y otros muchos son, además, contaminantes. La situación se revela insostenible. El documental 'Comprar, tirar, comprar', de Cosima Dannoritzer, analiza el tema en profundidad, y ofrece una singular solución: arreglar en lugar de comprar. Una reflexión interesante.It is called 'planned obsolescence' to the determination of the end of life of a product, so that, after a certain period of time determined by the manufacturer, the product becomes obsolete, useless. The aim of this practice is the economic profit: at some point the product will fail, and force —although this is always relative— the consumer to buy another. And so on. This production system generates a huge amount of waste, causing an environmental problem, due in large part to the lack of proper management of these wastes. Any product is susceptible to planned obsolescence: from a mobile to the clothes 'gets old'. Although it all began with a light bulb.
This Californian light bulb is on since 1901 —Imagen Unknown Author
Before manufacturers adopted obsolescence as a rule, in the 1920s, a light bulb was made in June 1901 ... which is still operating today, over 100 years later. It is located in a fire station in Livermore, California, in the United States. It's so unusual that they have installed a webcam to see how this 'anomaly' still works. And it's not the only one! There are more centenarians bulbs working, although not as long-lived. This eternal bulb inspired spanish Benito Muros, president of OEP Electrics, to create a LED bulb that is never spent. Muros also began a fight against this practice of the current economy. He created No Planned Obsolescence movement as 'a new way of thinking and doing things and creating a new system in which products are designed and made to last forever and they do not make us spend unnecessarily, and be more respectful of our planet', as related by himself in an interview in La Vanguardia Journal in 2012. As you can imagine, this new bulb has difficulty entering the market. In the same interview, Muros told that 'the distributors tell us that it's their way of living, and department stores offer us increase the price, to which we have refused. We have been offered a lot of money to not remove the market and death threats, which are in the hands of the police'. The idea is simple: if the product does not have an expiration date, do not generate waste. The voices that support the obsolescence argue that their disappearance would collapse the system, as thousands of people will lose their job. The truth is that we are more than 7 billion people living on this planet. The average amount of garbage we generate each of us is more than 1 kilo per day, according to the statistical office Eurostat. That is, in one day we produce more than 7 billion kilos of garbage. Many of these wastes are not biodegradable, and many are also contaminants. The situation is unsustainable. The documentary 'Buy, throw away, buy', by Cosima Dannoritzer, discusses the issue in depth, and provides a unique solution: fix instead of buying. An interesting reflection." 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Semejante circunstancia sólo puede ser manejada con éxito por elementos externos al propio ser humano, según Durkheim: las religiones y las sociedades, con sus conjuntos de reglas morales y éticas, deben servir para poner límites al deseo individual y funcionar como 'una fuerza reguladora que cumpla el mismo rol respecto a las necesidades morales que el cumplido por el organismo para las necesidades físicas'. Este vídeo está inspirado por estas ideas, concebidas a finales del siglo XIX, y reflexiona sobre su vigencia en la vida de hoy, a principios del XXI.For the French sociologist Emile Durkheim, one of the great pioneers in the study of social sciences with Karl Marx and Max Weber, humans are creatures whose desires are unlimited, and unlike other animals, are not satisfied when their biological needs are satisfied. According to Durkheim, these circumstances can only be successfully managed by elements external to the human being: the religions and societies, with their sets of moral and ethical rules, should serve to put limits on individual desire and work as 'a regulatory force that fulfills the same role with respect to the moral needs met by the body for the physical needs'. This video is inspired by these ideas, conceived in the late nineteenth century, and reflects on its relevance in today's life in early XXI." 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