"When Princess Europa was kidnapped by Zeus in bull’s disguise, her father, Agenor, King of Tyre, sent his sons in search of his lost daughter. One of them, Cadmon, sailed to Rhodes. In Delphi he asked the Oracle about his sister’s whereabouts. On that specific point Pythia, true to her habit, was evasive -but she obliged Cadmon with practical advice: "you won’t find her. Better get yourself a cow, follow it and push it forward, don’t allow it to rest; at the spot where it falls from exhaustion, build a town".
Zygmunt Bauman

15 January 2016

"Two states of mind" (ABCNews Australia)

(Interview on the main Australian news radio broadcast after the regional elections in France, with Tracey Holmes, 19.12.15) 

"Europe is at a cross roads. The rise of far right parties is challenging those in the centre. Nowhere has that struggle been more evident than across two weekends of polling in France. The far right National Front - led by Marine le Pen - could taste victory after a first round of voting just over a week ago. But after a second round this past weekend, their hopes were dashed with clever tactics used by the centre left and centre right parties to essentially freeze out the National Front. Experts say that Le Pen and the National Front have arrived as a genuine third major force in French politics though - having picked up 6.8 million votes - a record high. Didac Gutierrez-Peris is the director of European Affairs for the ViaVoice Institute in Paris. Tracy Holmes asks him what can be read from the stark results in France's two round voting system"

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