What is real and what is plas­tic?

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

How can you de­fine real, as op­posed to plas­tic? For ex­am­ple, is Trump real and Barack Obama plas­tic? And, since Priebus made a ref­er­ence to Greece, is Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras real while con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis is plas­tic? Or is Panos Kam­menos, the leader of ju­nior coali­tion part­ner In­de­pen­dent Greeks, real while New Democ­racy’s Costis Hatzi­dakis is plas­tic? Anti-sys­temic pol­i­tics needs the con­stant help of ide­o­log­i­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal con­structs to main­tain its mo­men­tum in con­flict. The true-vs-plas­tic di­chotomy may be tran­scen­den­tal in a way, but at the same time it can be per­ceived by vot­ers of dif­fer­ent lev­els of aware­ness. This de­fi­ant, straight-talk­ing tone whereby the sys­tem and all those who serve it are at­tacked goes hand in hand with na­tion­al­ist pop­ulism and navel-gaz­ing. That said, af­ter as­sum­ing con­trol of power, the anti-sys­temic forces au­to­mat­i­cally show off their hard­est, most in­flex­i­ble and sys­temic face. An un­ques­tion­able es­tab­lish­ment men­tal­ity. There is some­thing lib­er­at­ing about the rhetoric of gen­er­al­iza­tions. It works as an an­ti­dote to the in­se­cu­rity of our times. It’s easy to throw stones at politi­cians, at me-

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