Column: More citizens, fewer subjects

piero0By Piero Bonadeo, vice-president at Humanitas360

The relationship between citizens and institutions transcend the constitutional pact. In a monarchy, this relationship is characterized by the fact that individuals, subjects, recognize and accept the will of the king. In a republic, where citizens do not participate in democratic processes, where the majority passively accepts a system of deep and diffused corruption where basic public services are not provided at an acceptable level; where there is an almost passive acceptance of the distortion of the Law, they are subjects. They accept a passive relationship with power for not recognizing a basic element of democracy: that power is in the hands of citizens.

It is not necessary to get into the specific topic of the severe political crisis caused by countless cases of corruption involving various Brazilian politicians.

It is necessary to highlight examples of public services – such as the Justice System – that work and do their job in a transparent, unbiased and professional way, and, as a consequence, restore individuals’ trust; individuals that go back to being citizens that manage power, ceasing to be subjects submitted to the will of public power.

At the end of this Latin American summer, a wind of renewal in the experience of citizenship is blowing, whether it is due to the peace process in Colombia, to the incredible participation of citizens in the Venezuelan and Argentinean elections, or to the rise of a generation of young Latin American entrepreneurs. The trust in the functionality of the social pact that has been sealed by the constitution is returning. More citizens and fewer subjects is what we need in Latin America. Today the kings are bare.


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