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Aldo Matteucci March 29, 2013

Jovan, don't be hard on the Greek diplomats. We don't know, do we, how they acted. What has been handed down to us is tall stories written after the fact by "historians" who had an ax to grind. Pericles never made the speech Thucydides puts in his mouth. God knows what he said, he he said something. There is a point, though, worth pondering. If the decision is taken by a "collective", how does a diplomat address and negotiate with it? This is the conundrum we see in Italy at the moment: the 5*M is a collective. It should participate in forming the government. But how does poor Bersani negotiate with a collective? Aldo
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Jovan Kurbalija April 07, 2013

Aldo, I finally got some 'free' time for this comment. It is true that history is partial picture of the past. It is always limited not only by filters of historians like Thucydides but also by our values and priorities. History should be 'used with care'. Do you have any proposal how to facilitate negotiations with and among collectives. How many people could be set around 'negotiating table' (including virtual one)? Do we need traditional representation? This discussion is very timely for many reasons, including the risk of techno-optimism, or in more radical form techno-naivety.

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