The case of the rider who, fired for destroying a nostalgic twenty-year ticket that he should have delivered, has been summarized by the company. Happy ending? No. So the postman was left with the discretion whether or not to deliver a message, depending on its content. And the motivation behind it takes a back seat … It is the customs clearance of censorship
The week of April 25 – May 1, this year, as well as a continuous rain, also gave us a story of work and anti-fascism. And of censorship. The location of the story is Bologna. A right-wing political activist, Vittorio De Lorenzi, receives two bottles of wine as a gift from a childhood friend. Inside the package, delivered via the Winelivery platform by a thirty year old rider , Luca Nisco, there is also a ticket. De Lorenzi's wife goes to open the door to collect the package. It is in front of his eyes that the rider tears the ticket, blatantly. After the amazement and perplexity of De Lorenzi and his wife, reassembling that sheet of paper torn into 11 pieces, it turns out that there was a dedication from a nostalgic of the Twenties: "On this day of mourning our Duce from up there may lead the rebirth" . It was April 25th. The next day, the rider was relieved of every assignment from the online platform he worked for. Reasons: privacy violation and misconduct.
But Luca Nisco declared that on that April 25 his anti-fascist conscience roaring inside him did not allow him to deliver the sacrilegious text to the recipient. The content of the message was known to him, because it had to be transcribed by the operator, it had not been sent directly and in a sealed envelope by the customer. Then, having learned of the text that he was supposed to deliver: “I felt indignation for that message, amazed that certain things are still written today”, he declared in his interview with Resto del Carlino . “As soon as I arrived at the home, in front of the lady who was to receive the order, I took the ticket and tore it up”. But what did it say? She will ask. Answer: “Obscenity. Here are the bottles and have a good day ”.
Luca Nisco, after his suspension, is now an icon of anti-fascism. Interviewed by Selvaggia Lucarelli and defended by Andrea Scanzi, his has become a case of "political dismissal" known throughout the country. And so the company announced, on the eve of May 1, the news of his re-employment :
“ Winelivery recognizes the strict responsibility on the transcription, by the local operator, of a message with a content contrary to its principles and values. Our conviction, as a company and as citizens, is of absolute condemnation to behaviors that praise fascism in any form . With the aim of smoothing out the tone and defining the issue in a positive way for all the parties involved, we make ourselves available again to accept applications from Nisco, in the certainty that his behavior is detrimental to the customer's privacy and image. will not be repeated in the future ".
Happy ending? Not even for an idea. Surely no one rejoices in a dismissal, but summing up a person who is tasked with delivering three items, but deliberately destroys one, is not a positive sign. In fact, the postman has been entrusted with the discretion whether or not to deliver a message, depending on its content. The motivation behind it, at this point, takes a back seat. If A delivers a message to B and the postman refuses to do so, the trust necessary to keep the whole system up and running collapses. There is no basic respect for contracts, without which any exchange is impossible.
Then there are other aspects that should not make you sleep at night, such as the expression "condemnation of behavior that praises fascism in any form " contained in Winelivery's motivations (our italics, ed ) for the re-employment of Luca Nisco. Considering that today the term fascist is applied to all those who are not on the left, or even to all those who simply follow "right-handed" personal behavior, what will be destroyed in the next expeditions? If I order a Donald Trump book like "The Art of Deal," should I expect to see it delivered cut to paper strips? If I send to a friend of mine books with "obscene" titles such as "The Virtues of Nationalism" by Yoram Hazony or "Eurabia" by Bat Yeor, I must warn the recipient that the postman could also tear them blatantly in front of his eyes, or make a bonfire out of them. on the doorstep? Everything can be judged as "fascist". Even a joke. If I were to joke a motto like "We will win in heaven, on land and at sea" to a communist friend, to provoke him and have a laugh together, am I really sure that the irony is also caught by those who have to deliver the message? In addition to the uncertainty of the contracts, therefore, there is also the fear of the arbitrariness of the decision (of others and outside any agreement) on what can be judged politically correct and delivered, and what can instead be deliberately destroyed. A fear that leads to self-censorship.
Finally, this is the latest of the many episodes that demonstrate a very dangerous trend: the clearance of censorship. Talking about censorship, up to the last twenty years, was apparently inconceivable. It was a "right" or dictatorship thing, not worthy of an open society. Instead of overcoming, once and for all, anachronistic laws, such as the one that prohibits the apology of a regime that has been dead and buried for almost eighty years, or the many crimes of opinion that still afflict us (the various insults to flags and offices of the State), the complaints spread like wildfire, ending up covering all kinds of discussions.
It has become normal, for example, for a president running for election to be excluded from social networks and his press conference to be obscured by the major national televisions, because his speech contains "fake news" . It is now common for doctors and scientists to be excluded from social networks if their theories on the Covid pandemic clash with guidelines from national governments and the WHO. It has become commonplace to even censor Disney cartoons from half a century ago if they contain unacceptable racist stereotypes, such as Siamese cats speaking with a Chinese accent. It is becoming normal to remove from school curricula the greats of philosophical and scientific thought, the classics of literature and art, if in hindsight they are considered racist, sexist, homophobic, even if they lived in ancient Greece. So it is even more normal for a postman to destroy a message with fascist content. There is also a law against apology, so …
It should not be misleading that these censures are applied by private companies, as the Sunday liberals (those who remember the value of private property only when it leads to the right to exclude conservatives, Catholics and fascists) argue. Their political intent is very clear. So if an Islamic State proclaims a fatwa in which it sentences a writer or cartoonist to death and then he is killed by a "lone wolf", the fault is always that of the State that issued the fatwa , not just the private terrorist citizen who performed it. Here we are not faced with cases of censorship punished with death (at least, not yet), but the dynamic is exactly the same: a public apparatus that does not have the courage to always expose itself directly, entrusts the dirty work to the private . And he always finds willing performers, big and rich like Facebook and CNN , or young and precarious like the rider from Bologna. But it is censorship, always censorship. And as such it should really worry us, if we want to continue living in an open society, the only one in which fascists and communists also enjoy equal rights of life, freedom and property.
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Atlantico Quotidiano at the URL http://www.atlanticoquotidiano.it/quotidiano/lo-sdoganamento-della-censura-nemmeno-un-privatissimo-biglietto-dauguri-e-al-riparo-dai-triocchiuti-progressisti/ on Tue, 04 May 2021 03:56:00 +0000.