Serge Quadruppani – The Politics of Fear

None other than our world

In his essay The politics of fear, what Serge Quadrupani shows us, as Wu Ming 1 say in the preface, is none other than our world, without the slightest transfiguration or “creative license”. Through the examination of some exemplary cases well known, the French writer describes an alarming overview of the aggressive border defense drifts in Europe, particularly in Italy and France. Starting from the last century, he shows us how to build a public enemy, as the so-called security is nothing but a war on our rights and our freedoms, implemented by fomenting our fears: a scary scenario, of which we are accomplices and victims at the same time. Because if we are convinced that we have mortal enemies that attack our tranquility and our well-being, it will be easy for us to be manipulated by the strategies of power, culminating in the illusion that a strong man will defend us, and that the best defense is prevention: through control technologies, special (and illiberal) laws, preventive wars and a police and military logic applied across the board. Quadruppani shows us all the dangers, forcing us to reflect on how easy it is that, in a similar situation, sooner or later the enemy will be us.

A book that thrills and perturbs deeply, perhaps also thanks to the fact Serge Quadruppani is not a theorist or a thinker, but a writer who tries to understand what happens and tries to explain it in a clear and understandable way.
The essay was written in 2011 and integrated in 2013 for the Italian edition, but it is very timely, demonstrating the validity of the theorems exposed and the emergency we are facing; which is not that of an external enemy, but that of an internal enemy.
Commendable and contingent.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà

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Heiko H. Caimi
Author and screenwriter, he has been teaching Creative Writing since 1999. He collaborated with the Publisher Tranchida from 2007 to 2009 as a teacher at Forrester School, as a member of the management board and as an editor of the editorial board, as well as an author of the on-line magazines "Gluck59" and "Teneke". He has worked as a writer of short stories with Mondadori and GVE publishers and publishes short stories, articles, reviews and poems with various on-line magazines. He participated as a poet in the VII Annual Carovana dei Versi (Caravan of Verses) in 2012-2013, and some of his works have been be published in 2013 in an anthology by the publishing house Abrigliasciolta of Varese. He has taught courses on writing and screenwriting at the Egea Bookstore of Bocconi University in Milan, at I.I.S. A.Lunardi in Brescia in several libraries and associations in the district of Brescia and in some Swiss schools. A film for which he wrote the screenplay has been optioned twice. He worked as a writer in an international production ("Haiti Voodoo", 2011). A long time ago he played in several bands and collaborated on several short films. He currently lives and works in Brescia. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of Magnoliaitalia, and since 2013 he has been teacher and Conductor at the Writing Parlour in Brescia, a professional school for writers.