Saturday, October 23, 2010
street talk is political speech - but then (and this is the trick of survival of charivari) everything goes back to the way it was: boys are no longer pharaohs, girls are no longer witches, De Gaulle's party (it turns out) came out stronger than ever in the June 1968 elections. The world "righted" itself - except in America, where, that same month, JFK was shot. Louise de Savoie (1476-1531) would have looked to the stars for explanation. There's one mystic touch in French Senate elections that I return to: each vote is cast in the form of a plastic card which is weighed not counted. The cards go into yes-no-abstain urns, and the urns are then poured out onto scales - whichever side the scales tip to is the side of right. Where did that ritual come from? Sounds Roman, doesn't it? Human will decides the precarious balance of social justice.