Appeal by the C.P.S Campaign

"Esperanto" Radikala Asocio’s Contribution

The reason for the "Esperanto" Radical Association’s appeal to the Promotion and Development Community’s campaign is not about sharing its title as much as it is about the explanation that the title provides.

Reasonings which help understand how the democracies of the world are actually treated by globalization.
The letter of presentation reads, in the first few lines, that "globalization of solidariy" means "globalization of freedom, rights and respect for every human person," which we fully agree with.
What we don’t understand is how these aims will be reached. CPS answers: "people’s solidarity." We believe that these are reached by the organization of supernational structures to defend freedom rights, for example, like the recent international against war crimes…

The reason is that it is not rare for populations of people to feel like the preys of spineless characters which, not only do they step all over the basic human rights of their prey, but they also throw themselves stomping over a series of populations (hence, war and attacks). Just think of the not-so-ancient events in Italian history. So much for solidarity among the people…

Let us focus draw attention to the most important element, that is the subject of the CPS document: the people.
For over 15 years now our association has been nominating dozens and dozens of populations of the world that are dying due to the once-direction globalization. We’re not only talking about physical death, or the systematic destruction of natural habitats.

Whatn is happening is an actual cultural genocide on a global scale, under everyone’s nose, difficult to bear not only because it’s a groundbreaking and tragic reality, but because many western human rights defenders are simply ignoring it.

There is the blatant risk that, within a decade or so, 90% of the cultures of the world will no longer exist, they will be dead along with their language and their culture. Their vision of the world and their very essence will be wiped out from existence. A well-known American linguist, Michael Krauss, believes that 95% of the world’s languages will dissapear within this centrury, based on his meticulous statistical research.

This phenomenon is not new to Europeans: during Imperial Rome, Latin destroyed almost every language of the world that was born after the conqeuring.
Today the same thing is happening at the hands of a single world power: the United States of America and its English languages. Comparing the two events, it’s to be noted that it is not necessary to physically conquer a country in order to destroy it. Those that allow the process to continue are simple psychological mechanisms which, starting from the individual himself, allow entire bulks of elite society to become promoters of colonization.

Case in point, the current Moratti contraversy. Moratti wishes to insert English as a second language starting from elementry school, and alongside him there is Focus magazine which recently announced in bold letters: "2050: We will be speaking English. History wants it so. In fifty years time, offices, factories and Italian schools will only be speaking English."

Now just look at how the "humane" concept of a foreign language has gone from to learn a foreign language means getting the opportunity to learn more about another culture’s way of thinking, living, their customs etc, to studying the languague of the most powerful people in the world will make me as powerful as them, and it will offer me greater opportunities.

Is this what you think can happen in a European Union country? A union which constitutes the biggest and wealthiest market in the world, and has a hundred million residents that the United States?

Here is the grand battle of the other globalization, that is, democratic globalization, the one in favour of saving the people of the world, of safeguarding the different lines of thought, different cultures and different languages.

Up until yesterday, scholars concentrated on the "glottomagic" effects that French had, "devouring" the Breton and Alsatian languages; on Spanish, which endagered Galician and Basque… today, in a globalized world, an international dogfish exists, more dangerous than every, eating one language and then the other, that is the minor language dominated and then the dominant language of the state. This dog is English.

From the point of view of "globalization of solidarity" we don’t see why, should this vision be flipped upside down, people who belong to less fortunate cultures of the world must donate thousands of hours of their time/work (an estimated 10.000 hours of study are needed to learn English well) and good money to the anglosaxon cultures (some of the wealthiest on the planet). "Linguistic Tourism" is a large part of the wealth that enters Great Britain (about half of the GDP).

For what concerns the International Language, as Europeans we have our European coin but not a "eurolanguage," which is absolutely urgent.

We must, before it’s too late, come up with a European Convention and international non-governmental organizations, as well as non-profit organizations that, with a gradual regional-national-European-international progress, could decide on who should linguistically control the globalized world (whether it be globalized by rights or the monopolistic hegemony). Until then, all of this could kick off on the internet. Edoardo de Filippo, who i met shortly before his death, expressed that he was willing to write a piece in the international language (most commonly known as "Esperanto") would certainly be glad of this news.
Giorgio Pagano ( Secretary of the “Esperanto” Radikala Asocio )

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