I oppose therefore I am

It seems that the opposition is going to have a new leader because the UMP is going to elect its President on Sunday. Nothing is less certain. In fact the opposition is already elsewhere because it is already everywhere.

Today, the exercise of opposition is no longer limited to the playground of political parties, representatives of the people and speaking in their name. Especially when the crisis remains, when new solutions struggle to emerge and to be demonstrated, when the political opposition itself leaves the exercise of power. Then the opposition expands, it becomes polymorphous, omnipresent, multi-vectorial.

No one has a monopoly on opposition, neither the UMP nor anyone else. The opposition today is that of opinion, which expresses itself critically in opinion polls (to which those who downplay its importance in public pay close attention behind the scenes), that of the press, which displays, and even claims, its free will (no doubt also because criticism is more selling and more "noble" than acquiescence), that of associations such as Greenpeace, which is boycotting debates on energy under the pretext that the jury of experts is led by Anne Lauvergeon, that of entrepreneurs who are forming, that of entrepreneurs who form, more or less spontaneously, a pigeon squadron to influence a finance bill, that of bloggers and twitterers who are constantly 'government bashing' and 'minister bashing' at the first opportunity, that of a Hugo Desnoyer, butcher, who throws a bone in the employment pond, explaining how difficult it is to recruit, and finally that of each of us, who have become transmitter-receiver transistors of the democratic game, sometimes journalists, sometimes comedians, sometimes experts, who have opinions on everything... and above all, very sure opinions, as you know who said.

The game was opened for a good reason too, that of general participatory brainstorming. Faced with the impasse of political and economic solutions, faced with the lack of credibility and authority of the ruling and thinking elites (more often thinking than thinking), because in the absence of sustainable development we are in a sustainable recession, everyone is led to propose, to suggest, to feel legitimate in doing so, because perhaps no one is more stupid. We are all prime ministers.

Where we may see anarchy, we can also see unbridled and voluntary creativity. The people represented seize the megaphone themselves. They have become the media themselves and are their own megaphone. But this result is also situational: each person, by dint of becoming aware of his or her individual responsibility, of being a stakeholder, understands, by dint of the pedagogy received, that if he or she is part of the problem, he or she is also perhaps part of the solution. This sometimes involves the claim to 'have' the solution, but increasingly the idea of 'being' the solution, that the solution is me. And yet there is always this schizophrenic, and therefore painful, expectation, which consists, once again, of relying on the other, of expecting the other, the authority, to manage the problems, while being convinced that it will not be enough.

The time of crisis is therefore perhaps a counter-intuitive enemy of politics, which leads it into a vicious circle: the crisis convinces politicians that they must do even more, and this time leads them to believe that they are even more indispensable when, on the contrary, the crisis - and the crisis itself - is not enough. the The crisis should encourage politicians to focus on their core responsibilities and to leave the rest as little as possible. 

The more the crisis intensifies and becomes more complex, the more the politician must make an effort to reduce his weight and presence. In the end, political 'courage' does not lie in taking this or that decision, but in making oneself less indispensable. The objective then is not to make, legislate or tax in order to exist, but to manage, to urge people to do their part, while leaving room and space to do so.

atlantico's Tuesday editorial

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