“Ich bin ein berliner”-the walls today

Today celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. The wall is a metaphor and synthesis for the entire Cold War. The wall also marks the defeat of real socialism in favor of capitalism, and the beginning of mass manipulation. To understand the meaning that the walls has taken on in the collective immagination of people of the West, we can start with the speech that american president Kennedy gave on June 26th, 1963 in Berlin, near the Brandeburg Gate. “There are many people in the world who don’t understand, or don’t know, what the great problem is between the free world and the communist world. Make them come to Berlin! There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Make them come to Berlin! There are others in Europe and elsewhere that invite you to collaborate with communists. Make them come to Berlin! (…) All free man, wherever they live, are citizens of Berlin. That’s why, as a free man, I’m proud to shout Ich Bin Ein Berliner, I’m a Berliner”. That exclamation was the title for thousands of articles, radio broadcasts and television reports. The Berlin Wall had been up for two years. It was built on 13 August, 1961 and from that moment it became the flag, the symbol and the definitive demonstration of the total incompatibility between the world of freedom and Soviet communism. The fall of the Berlin wall began on November 9th, 1989. It was an event which changed history. That collapse was the end of a system which changed history. That collapse was the end of a system which was destined to collapse. It had enveloped itself in a vicious circle of lack of political and civil liberty, and economic initiative. That collapse was the inevitable destiny of a system founded on the annihilation of economic creativity, political despotism and social immiseration. Today, 30 years after the fall of the wall, we are still seing celebrations of that victory. It already happened for the ten and twenty year anniversaries. for the third celebration of the collapse, it will be even bigger.  It’s clear why; there is a precise reason for this increase in excitement: the closer we become to repeating those past mistakes, the greater the need to celebrate the end of those mistakes. Unfortunately we are still building walls. We are continuing to hide ourselves behind the alibis of borders. (Just think of the barrier on the beink of being built by Trump between Mexico and the United States). Perhaps to learn our lesson we should remember that we are all Berliners as free men and women with a desire for peace and unit among the people.

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