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A Great Thunder

A Great Thunder. An open letter to striking students.

CHRISTIAN NADEAU, May 17, 2012

Christian Nadeau is a professor in the Philosophy Department of Université de Montréal.

This letter was originally published in French here:http://journal.alternatives.ca/fra/journal-alternatives/publications/dossiers/opinions/article/un-grand-tonnerre-lettre-ouverte?lang=fr and distributed in the above video.

Dear students,

Please allow me firstly to address you as a group in its entirety and not solely to your spokespeople, nor to those the media label as your “leaders”, an expression that reflects the moronic servility of our current era. I wish to speak to the student movement’s activists.

I am writing you this letter in order to salute you and to humbly ask that you help us follow through with your endeavor. Your struggle is becoming the rebirth of of the left in Quebec, asleep for years thanks to the privilege of the few and dizzied by its own prefabricated rhetoric. You are liberty’s workers. You have denounced the sugary splendor of our artificial paradise. You have reminded us of what a nation is when it is at its best: a great act of confidence. You spoke to us, you offered us your hand even when we did not answer. But it is not too late. We will first be a few hundred, then thousands who will work alongside you. The question of violence remains, which is the wall between us. But what violence do we speak of precisely?