The Earth rotates on its axis at the equator at a speed of 1,670 kilometers per hour. This is what the laws of geophysics state. Politics often disproves them by dictating very different speeds of rotation.
This week, for example: Americans have thrown out their most bizarre president, a dangerous antidemocratic embryo, that is, authoritarian; the Populist International loses its main largemouth, which does not mean an irreparable defeat (largemouth, yes: it could have written lighthouse, it would have been more delicate but less precise); the fight against the global climate emergency gets rid of an enemy as tough as it is irrational; hope is reborn for a certain rebalancing in the deranged international ‘Trumpist’ politics; Europe takes the blows of a new wave of Islamist terrorism; the Spanish Government gets a free pass for the first Budgets since 2018 and, thanks to the law of communicating vessels, the Generalitat manages to shield its school language policy; the investigations into Juan Carlos I crowd in the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office …
This week politics has ordered the Earth to rotate faster than physicists indicate. Sure that is so? Depending on where the focus is. There are matters in which the Earth appears to neither rotate nor orbit: a frozen sphere in an inert universe.
Some of this stems from the judicial investigation into Puigdemont’s ‘staff’. There are things that never change, such as the use and excitement of collective emotions in pursuit of private income.
The recorded conversations in which the political control of TV-3 is trafficked, the ambitions, salaries and hiring of the ‘procés’ prophets produce a bloody journalistic shame and social alarm. Taking a TV station financed with the public budget, preventing it from providing a plural and independent news service and turning it into an agent of ideological indoctrination is one way like any other to misappropriate public funds. A kidnapping. Here, the Earth hasn’t moved in years.