Giorgio Pagano – Attention Goverment and Opposition: Do not abandon Italian for English if you don’t want it to suffer Indonesia’s Fate
Statement by Giorgio Pagano Secretary of the Esperanto Radical Association
Yesterday, the New York Times published a detailed article describing the dramatic language change that is happening in Indonesia due to the fact that the reigning classes have imposed English as the second national mothertongue. I don’t know how it’s possible to have two mothertongues, as yesterday’s article, entitled “As English Spreads, Indonesians Fear for Their Language,” confirms that Indonesian is dying.
It’s a definitive, indisputable confirmation from the English-speaking world, which the ERA has criticized for years: Berlusconi’s, Moratti’s and Gelmini’s policies, such as making English the only subject to be taught as a foreign language – to begin with – causing it to compete with Italian, are idiotic and self-destructive to the our country and its identity, to the point where there are subjects and entire courses being taught solely in English.
The article proves, above all other things, that the Italian language is as much as risk as the Indonesian one. Whereas in the asian country it has been chosen by the reigning classes for themselves and there children, which are private and extremely expensive, and the goverment of Jakarta is trying to salvage the public ones, in Italy the the imposition has been enforced via laws and reforms encouraged by the Goverment, the Regions and Public Universities, and are being enacted in public schools as well.
In light of these disruptive events, I can’t understand why people such as Bersani and Vendola have remained silent about these somewhat racist laws, which seem to be inspired by a sort of “Manifesto on the Superiority of the English-speaking Race.” Does this mean that they are in favour?