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Is authoritarianism an attribute, an adjective or a condition? Is appealing to truth and beauty an antidote or a trap? In what mental framework has dogmatism mutated that we do not distinguish it for what it is?
In this session of the Escola de pensament, David Trueba talks with Albert Lladó about what a tyranny without tyrants would be like in a world that is certainly marked by solidarity, but where growing individualism and inertia could lead us to satisfy a business design that is alien to the collective interest.
At a time when we increasingly trivialise the term fascist - too often used simply as an insult or a disqualification - it is also true that it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish simply populist movements from those that seek access to power in order to establish totalitarian systems of government. If the historical context has changed with respect to the 1930s, what is left today as a legacy of the way propaganda and political marketing are produced? Is fascism an easily recognisable and incomparable phenomenon, or is it a bacillus that has not ceased to live among us?
All forms of authoritarianism reject and persecute concepts such as tenderness or failure, ideas that have marked, in one way or another, David Trueba's work. The cult of youth, or the impossibility of humour, can also be warning signs that a society is allowing itself to be tempted by a single view of the world, which excludes and penalises difference and plurality. But if, immersed in a digital and liquid world, we are unable to identify the real tyrants, how can we say that, in reality, we are not ourselves?
David Trueba is a film director and writer, author of, among other titles, Abierto toda la noche (1995), Cuatro amigos (1999), Saber perder (2008) and Tierra de campos (2017), published by Anagrama.
On the Teatre Lliure Youtube channel you can find the Escola de pensament sessions recorded.
With the help of the Institut Ramon Llull on recording and subtitles in English.
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