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The Small Difference: Ottawa 2014, Injury to Democracy

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Paule Pérez is a philosopher and psychoanalyst; she brings here her point of view on current events and information processing. It is true that "news" is not always news. Repetitions, repressions, reversals, formations of the Unconscious, unexpected transmissions, denials abound, as well as distortions, deafness, blindness or dizziness. Sometimes it is enough to barely change the angle of view or to focus on one word rather than another, for the field to widen, to deepen... 
So many small differences, which enlighten us differently.

Pfirst exercise with the attack on Ottawa's Parliament building:

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, a gunman entered the Ottawa Parliament Buildings and opened fire. On a rapid retaliation of soldiers he was wounded and did not survive...

Two dead, one of whom is a possible suspect. The man was said to be a convert to Islam. His family immediately issued a dignified and shocking letter of apology...
On May 8, 1984, Corporal Denis Lortie entered the Quebec City Parliament building and opened fire, killing three people. He later stated that when he fired he had the sensation of killing his father. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Pierre Legendrethrough an important reflection on this drama, '..."The crime of Corporal Lortie." (1987 then 1994 - Fayard) dismantles the fundamental links between the collective function of the law and the more particular function of the surname, which is more singularly linked to the registration of each person in the registers. Weaves and movements that make us eligible voters, in this long and imperfect process, Democracy, assigned every day to innovate, on pain of disappearance.

If Corporal Lortie was able to say anything about the Ottawa shooter, we won't hear anything more.

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Similarly, we have heard nothing these days in the media about the original Quebec City Act, of which the Ottawa Act, thirty years apart, now appears to be an "aftershock" in the sense of an earthquake - and addressed to the same country. We remain stunned by the act, the repetition, and the amnesia associated with it.

Moreover, while barely searching, the Internet user discovered that in February 1929, an incident had occurred in the Quebec Parliament where a stick of dynamite had been discovered .

To make a small difference, that of breaking the silence on the constitutive repetitiveness of the death drive, seems infinitesimal. This is a major reason for us to be attached to it.

Paule Pérez is Philosopher, Psychoanalyst, Essayist and Editor of the Journal Temps marranes

 

Generic photo section: ©Julie Paratian 

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