What destiny for a culture that measure defeat mostly in terms of economic performance?
To what extent does the constant request of achieving success influence the human psyche? In what way does subjective conscience allow for the condemnation of failure overturning that the collectivity bestows us, transforming it in an excuse to absolve us from other people’s projections? How to legitimate the existence of who doesn’t have access to the triumphs of power? What compensation awaits those who choose history’s side-lines? There is a mocking sense of revenge for those who choose, voluntarily or unconsciously, the role of losers. Loser is the sharp motto against the winners, a monument to the history of losers. Failure is the option that is hoped for in understanding one’s own limits, to not overpower others, to lessen the privilege of living or to have had the courage of trying, the formula to love and loosen the grip on ourselves, the alchemical ingredient to feel profoundly fragile thus genuinely human, the ethical journey of who choose to act in history without clamors.
John Kenneth Galbraith writes: “I’m concerned with power as Max Weber defined it – the submission of one person or a group to the will of another person or group, wherever it occurs. There is some special concern with economic power, but I have tried to go beyond such concepts to see the common elements in the exercise of power, whether by a politician, a religious leader, a military commander, or a corporation”.
Keyword: Aaron Swartz
The curator of Par tibi, Roma, nihil chose to dedicate Loser to the spirit of Aaron Swartz that lingers on the ruins of a civilization, which is incapable of recognizing a true prophet. Information technology genius and activist, in his teens Aaron fought in favor of open access. At the age of 24 he hacked the global academic archives of JSTOR connecting from the MIT and making millions of scientific articles public and accessible to all. Aaron writes that information is power: “Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It's outrageous and unacceptable. ... We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. ... We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.” In 2011 he was charged with information fraud and risked 35 years in prison. After two years and numerous attacks by a society that wants to declare him guilty at all costs, the dreams of the best among us become nightmares. Aaron takes his life at the eve of his trial on January 11th 2013. The extreme act is none other than the declaration of love towards a society which is incapable of bestowing an ethical reward to who fought for the unbiased diffusion of information and knowledge.