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The problem of political definition

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The problem of political definition

During a long pre-pandemic lunch, I sat at the table and asked about the possibility that Carlos Moedas, then administrator of the Gulbenkian Foundation and former European Commissioner, was a candidate for the Lisbon City Council. My interlocutor rejected this idea, almost questioning my clarity. A tough guy never leads anything, he thought. I, not understanding the essence, changed the subject and continued to eat.

Two years later, against such predictions and worse odds, Moedas was elected president of the country’s largest municipality, replacing incumbent Fernando Medina, now finance minister. His speech at the SDP convention, which will set the tone for the 2022 early elections, will enliven the hall and crown it with an aura of inevitability. Coins began to signify the future without saying a word about the future. In direct clashes between Luis Montenegro and Jorge Moreira da Silva, it was his name, and not the ideas of his competitors, that persisted in the newspapers.

But that phrase about that dinner stayed with me.

The controversy surrounding Carlos Moedas and the monument to Vasco Gonçalves is nothing but controversy. Going from “it will always be an honor to continue to honor General Vasco Gonçalves” and from “I don’t know if it will be a statue or a bust, but we will work in this direction” to “I have never made any promise about any statue” is clearly not corresponds to success. But more than the comic or cultural outline of the incident, it is a perfect illustration of the mayor’s political personality. He is a man who hates the word “no”. Out of empathy, temper, or instinct, Coins don’t say no. And this isn’t the first time he’s been in trouble.

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In April last year, at the Novo Banco investigation commission, he himself will report on this. “I kindly said to the president of the bank: “I am listening to you, Dr. Ricardo Salgado.” I didn’t say yes or no.”

“The problem is not to say no, but not to do it,” he pointed out in an interview. Observer, already in the campaign. “There are people who can be more or less direct in no. I am a person who by nature is indirect in “no,” he assumed of himself. And that’s what made him “sympathetically” not say “no” (or “yes”) to BES help and say “yes” (and “no”) to pay tribute to Vasco Gonçalves.

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FBI search causes political storm and could speed up Trump’s re-election

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FBI search causes political storm and could speed up Trump's re-election

Hours after it was revealed that the FBI raided his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, Donald Trump posted a campaign video on his Pravda social network, fueling rumors that he was preparing to announce his re-election to the presidency.

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Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

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Donald Trump says he is a "victim" of the FBI.  Republicans talk about political attack

Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

After the FBI ransacked the home of the former President of the United States, early Monday morning Donald Trump, several family members and members of the Republican Party point to illegal police actions and “political persecution.”

“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home is inappropriate,” Donald Trump said in a statement, accusing Democratic rivals of using the U.S. Department of Justice as a weapon to stop him from doing so. run in the 2024 presidential election.

The children of the former president also spoke out in favor of Trump. Eric and Donald Junior say the FBI’s investigation is worthy of a “third world country” and a “banana republic.”

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes in a conspiracy against a businessman and political leader: “Overt politicization of the DOJ/FBI is shameful. The Attorney General must explain why these searches delayed justice for 250 years.”

Rep. Ronnie Jackson even says the FBI has “officially become an enemy of the people.”

The FBI is led by Christopher Ray, who was appointed by Donald Trump in 2017. Officially, investigators have not yet commented on the searches, but US media sources indicate that Donald Trump could have taken confidential documents from the White House without permission.

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On political crime and criminal policy – 08.08.2022 – Opinion

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On political crime and criminal policy - 08.08.2022 - Opinion

The escalation of violence that has engulfed the political arena has taken another victim. The birthday party, which had former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) as its theme, ended tragically after a political antagonist intruded and fired a gun, killing the birthday boy. A police spokesman in the case said it was not a political crime.

And how is a murder with a clearly political motive not a political crime? Sometimes there are such things in the law: it has its own logic. This “magic” created by the codes is not always pleasant, but this time we must give a justification to the law.

Attributing a crime to a political one is not limited only to the motivation of the perpetrator, but also to the actual or potential consequences of the action. Thus, it takes a crime to endanger national sovereignty, democracy, territorial integrity, or the head of any of the Union powers. The gruesome murder may have been politically motivated, but the perpetrator’s intended consequences were limited to the party and its members.

There is no rule relating exclusively to political motivation; thus, this type of motivation corresponds to the concept of abomination, which, in the language of criminal law, is a particularly heinous and heinous crime. Since murder qualifies as hooliganism, the crime is punished more severely. Thus, there is no political crime, but there is a crime in politics.

Besides the issue of the infamous crime in politics, there is another dimension, much more complex, that deserves attention: the politics of crime.

The aggressor was reportedly traveling with his wife and child when he fell out with his political opponents. He left them both safely and returned for a rematch. From the killer’s point of view, he was definitely not a killer, but a patriot or some sort of hero against a villain.

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The Manichaean understanding of life, projected into politics, allows for family conflicts, broken friendships, and even marriages, which have been widely reported. Exposing yourself as the bearer of absolute truth allows you to confront the enemy as a hero who must defeat the villain. This kind of absolute contraction is characteristic of religions whose dogmas are guided by love, mercy and tolerance.

Politics, on the other hand, has other dogmas, as it is a stage for disputes over power and ideas. Presenting oneself as the holder of sacred truth outside the religious scene is usually the fuel for the generality of historical atrocities. The politics of crime is born only in the absence of minimum cultural and educational standards, replacing persuasion with knowledge.

There is no other way to suppress criminal politics than to reconsider one’s own convictions, to make room for listening to the opinions of others, no matter how much one wants to convince the other of one’s opinions. In politics, as in science, belief is the worst enemy of consensus, and without a minimum of consensus, there is no nation, only a handful of people shooting at each other.

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