The infections increase and the confusion on what to do increases: for the Delta variant at least three regions already risk the “yellow” by the end of August and there is indecision on the third dose which will probably be done by the elderly and frail. On the Green pass there is the ok of two out of three Italians even if 24% still say NO even with the deafening media tam-tam pro green passport. After more than a year and a half, the pandemic is not over and produces worrying effects, even extra-health, on the economic level and beyond. Just think – two examples out of many in the world – to Australia that sends the army to garrison New South Wales following the great demonstrations in Sydney against the new lockdown and to Italy, where even the “big press” is it is those who ask for a military government in the event of mistrust and the fall of the Draghi executive.
In short, even in democratic states the idea advances that the army can be used not only as a protection from external enemies but as a defender of the institutions from the citizens that those institutions have democratically elected. Has it happened at other times? Yes, but that role exercised in particular circumstances by civilian police corps or special military corps has always been defined as civilian authorities. Here we are. Where, more and more also in Italy, voices are being raised to make use of institutional and operational tools coercive to “bring to reason” that part of Italians, a minority but consistent and far from united politically and ideologically, opposed to anti Covid vaccinations, the Green pass, the lock-down. Hence the legal use of anti-democratic coercion in the name of the presumed right of the majority to impose the new rules, perhaps by appealing to science. Yes, science. But what is science? Let’s start from current events. If in the United States, and not only there, now it is said at the government level that even those vaccinated with two doses it is better that they are treated and that, at least in the closed, to keep the mask and if also in Italy the contagion curve is resumed rising steadily this means that on Covid and on how to stop it there are still no certainties of science, let alone if there are certainties of politics.
More infections also in Italy does not mean, at least for now, an increase in the curve of hospitalizations and deaths and this, undoubtedly, is due to the vaccine which, however, is not in itself a guarantee to avoid contagion and hospitalizations and therefore to affirm that Covid 19 is outdated, that its variants are under control, that this question is defined as “closed”. But this is not (yet) the case. Or is it only apparently so thanks to a one-way media tam-tam that gives voice to a single bell, the majority one and one of power on the scientific and political-institutional level, ghettoizing and blaming those who are outside the chorus.
To define these as “enemies of the fatherland” is not only stupid but it is a political error which will then be paid the consequences. It is useless to deny it: a clash is taking place that from the scientific level has become political-ideological that splits the country in two (it is not a question of percentages or it is not just a question of percentages) with aftermath of which no one can today know the outlets even on the institutional level. It is a fact that, particularly in Italy with the two vaccinations at 50%, the forecasts of a pandemic-free summer 2021 are not coming true, with strong concerns that the next few weeks and months will be the replay of the very hard autumn-winter 2020. Science is by its nature experimental and cannot be transformed into ideology, canonized as an article of faith and any criticism of it cannot be branded as heresy.
Even on Covid and its surroundings, how many errors so far in the swing of scientific excesses between optimism and pessimism? At present, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was not right who, by not following the advice of “his” scientists, did not impose vaccinations, lock-downs, green passes with decreasing infections and civil and economic life almost returned to pre-pandemic phase? In the case of England, politics has not obeyed science and has so far been right. A message for politics also in Italy that must make use of science without being influenced, much less be dictated by the line because parties and institutions must take into account the more general context. Wasn’t that the case even in times of war? Science and politics collaborate but act autonomously in respect of each other’s competences, which are very different: it is up to the parties and the government to propose and to democratic institutions to translate them into laws valid for all. Today the risk is that, under the pressure of a science that has risen to the repository of truth and omnipotence, it exceeds itself in dramatization and catastrophism, offering politics the opportunity for draconian measures by restricting the freedom of citizens. Even in other historical periods there were those who said that this type of problem did not exist and then you know how it ended. We therefore need moderation and foresight. Everyone, every scientific and political-institutional reality plays its part within the limits of the Constitution, without presumption and arrogance because no one is the repository of the truth. Then, hopefully soon, the sums will be drawn.