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Very offensive.
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Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn’t exist in any declaration I have ever read. If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.

Salman Rushdie

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Overreaction.
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The road to fascism is lined with people telling you to stop overreacting.

— Unknown

Der Weg zum Faschismus ist gesäumt von Menschen, die sagen, man solle nicht überreagieren.

Unbekannt

Übersetzung von mir

Siehe auch 1/

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Peaceful revolution.
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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

― John F. Kennedy, 13 March 1962

Regelmäßig ist die Warnung (oder Drohung) zu vernehmen, dass der Wunsch nach Eigenstaatlichkeit zu Gewalt oder gar Krieg führen würde.

Die beständige Verweigerung demokratisch völlig legitimer Optionen — einschließlich des Versuchs ihrer Umsetzung auf friedlichem Weg — ist höchst problematisch.

Nicht sosehr der Wunsch nach einer (auch radikalen) Veränderung selbst birgt die größten Gefahren, sondern seine grundsätzliche und totale Ablehnung.

Hier noch einmal um jeden Zweifel auszuräumen: Unser Bekenntnis zur Gewaltfreiheit steht natürlich nicht zur Debatte.

Siehe auch 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/

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Terry Reintke: Rejoining the EU is much easier.
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I think that what is true for the whole of the UK would also be true for Scotland: if Scotland was to decide to become an independent country on a legal pathway, then I think because Scotland had previously applied — like the UK — the full acquis of the European Union, it would be much easier to rejoin. I also think this is true when you for example compare it to countries like Ukraine and Moldova, [which] just gained candidate status, and Georgia, [which] has a pathway towards it, and also we have countries in the Western Balkans, where hopefully we can start with the accession negotiations soon. And I’m very much into trying to make this as fast and as efficient as possible. But a country that has never applied EU legislation as a whole obviously has more barriers to overcome than a country that has previously applied all of the EU legislation. So I would say there is an open door for Scotland as an independent country, but also for the UK as a whole, obviously.

Transcription:

Terry Reintke, Vice-Chair of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament — excerpted from her Best for Britain LIVE talk (published on 01.07.2022). Best for Britain is a civil society campaign to rejoin the EU.

See also 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6/

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Wer nicht aneckt…
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The more we gave in and complied, the worse they treated us.

– Rosa Parks

Je mehr wir nachgaben und uns fügten, desto schlechter behandelten sie uns.

Übersetzung von mir

Siehe auch 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/

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Puigdemont in Innsbruck.
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Am kommenden Freitag, den 29. April wird der katalanische Präsident (2016-16) und nunmehrige EU-Abgeordnete Carles Puigdemont (JxC) in Innsbruck sein. Dort wird er ab 14.00 Uhr auf Einladung von Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) und MCI alumni im Congress einen Vortrag zum Thema Freedom & Democracy in Europe halten.

Der 130. Präsident von Katalonien wird wegen der Durchführung des Unabhängigkeitsreferendums vom 1. Oktober 2017 juristisch von Spanien verfolgt. Mehrere Auslieferungsanträge waren jedoch erfolglos.

He is firm defender of participative democracy and the use of digital tools and technologies to incentive citizens’ participation in politics.

MCI (Auszug)

Für die Veranstaltung ist eine Anmeldung erforderlich.

Siehe auch 1/

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Minorities and the oppressing freedom.
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[T]he classical liberal response to the problem of language minorities has been to practice benign neglect, that is, to allow any group to organise their group life in the language that they choose. Since the language of the institutions and forums of the state results of past or present power, benign neglect must always be a reinforcement of that power. Together with blindness to group difference it favours the majority because it encourages a default language, which is always that of the majority.

Laissez-faire policies mean that the languages of power and prestige will eventually take over in all situations of contact. Benign neglect, and the accompanying claim of blindness to group difference, are always de facto support for the language of the group that is already dominant and, if this is not acceptable, then there must be some form of protection for the language of minority groups. As the French revolutionary, Lacordaire, pointed out, where no law constrains, the rule of might prevails:

Entre le fort et le faible, entre le riche et le pauvre, entre le maître et le serviteur, c’est la liberté qui opprime et la loi qui affranchit. [Between the strong and the weak, between the rich and the poor, between the lord and the slave, it is freedom which oppresses and the law which sets free.]

Sue Wright (University of Portsmouth, UK), Language Policy and Language Planning – From Nationalism to Globalisation, 2nd edition, Palgrave Macmillan 2016 (Lacordaire translation added by )

See also 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ // 1/

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Compassion isn’t enough.
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I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.

– Desmond Tutu

See also 1/ 2/

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