«Everything must change so that everything remains the same,» asserts the rebellious nephew Tancredi to appease his uncle, the Prince of Salina, The Leopard of the homonymous novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. This iconic text of Italian post-WW2 culture, which chronicles the struggle of the Sicilian aristocracy to survive in the face of civil war and revolution, is a compelling reflection on the dynamics of historical change. Today, however, Srečko Horvat, in his introduction to Everything Must Change!, a collection of interviews with contemporary thinkers about the world after the Covid-19 crisis straightforwardly refuses the Leopard’s dictum: «Everything must change so that nothing remains the same».
The editors of this timely book are political activists. Horvat, a philosopher born in Croatia, is a co-founder of DiEM25, a pan-European movement that aims to democratise the European Union. Renata Ávila, a Guatemalan international human rights lawyer and author, is a member of DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective. The interviews were made from March to July 2020 as part of the online TV channel DiEM25 TV: The World After Coronavirus, but this book brings no recipes or ready-made . . .
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