The "States States" of 1789 unintentionally represented the beginning of democracy. Those of today are its death.
Making comparisons between Count and Louis XVI is a serious mistake. Luigi convened (reluctantly, forced by the pressures of the finance minister Necker) an organism foreseen by the tradition of the absolute monarchy (although practice in disuse for over a century) and which included the Third State (the bourgeoisie). It was an "ad maiora" convocation, that is, towards a socio-economic improvement that included all instances, including those – precisely – of the bourgeoisie.
Luigi, ill advised by one of the brothers (the Count of Artois, future King Charles X), made the mistake of closing the doors of the Tuileries to the Third State after he had protested the vote for "order" and not for "head" ". On that day (June 20, 1789) the representatives of the Third State met in the volleyball hall (a gym) and swore that they would never have divided if they had not previously given France a Constitution. From that moment the French Revolution began.
Today the situation is different. Conte's "States States" have nothing to do with those of the 17th-18th centuries, so much so that they should be read backwards.
First . Those of today at Villa Pamphili are a publicity stunt and not an institutional body. However, today's ones unfortunately have an effective weight: the decisions that will be taken will then be those that this government, or any other center-left government, will carry out.
Second . The "States General" of 1789 had the objective of making the nobles and clergy pay taxes, those of today to restore a kind of "feudal system" disguised as modernity and digitalization. It is no coincidence that the "General States" of 1789 also included the representatives of the bourgeoisie, while those of today are largely absent from Parliament.
Third . Decisions affecting the Republic must be taken in the institutional seats provided for by the Constitution, primarily the Parliament, the only depository of popular sovereignty. Representatives elected by the people sit in Parliament and the sessions are public. Conte's "States States" are held behind closed doors and the crème of the internal and supranational elite takes part (the international capital, stateless and faceless, the EU and the exponents of the multinationals) are present. The people are completely absent, in fact Parliament is out. In contrast, the "States States" of 1789 did not keep the people out at all: in addition to being represented by the Third State (although only the bourgeoisie), the people could attend plenary sessions. Today at Villa Pamphili the doors are closed.
Fourth : the "General States" of 1789, as already mentioned, were foreseen by the practice – albeit in disuse – of the absolute monarchy. Our Constitution, on the other hand, knows neither "States General" nor task force, but only Parliament. And the Parliament itself is outside Villa Pamphili.
Fifth : in 1789 the foundations of the democratic state were laid: the establishment of the democratic state was born with all the developments and struggles of the following two centuries from the National Assembly that arose from the split of the "General States". On the other hand, today's "General States" are a path in reverse, a Restoration of the "feudal system", far worse than the one before 1789. But, mind you, you will not notice anything. They will give you the digitalization of the public administration, smart working and the scooter, so you will be happy to remain the slaves that you are, with a smile on your forehead.
What indignates me most in all this is the silence of the hypocrite center-left world (politics, culture and information), of that world which until yesterday was washing its mouth with the Constitution, but which is silent today in the face of rape of Parliament.
Ah, I forgot. Louis XVI was a good man, a true gentleman, a gentleman. Conte is only an careerist who thinks of crediting himself. Both for today and for the future.
[ Giuseppe PALMA ]
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Literary tips :
A) by Paolo Becchi and Giuseppe Palma, “ QUARANTINE DEMOCRACY. How a virus has swept the country “, Historica edizioni.
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This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/gli-stati-generali-di-conte-e-la-morte-del-parlamento-il-percorso-inverso-della-storia-di-giuseppe-palma/ on Sat, 13 Jun 2020 11:25:12 +0000.