Responding with a non-paper

Responding with a non-paper

Government non-papers are a great invention. In Greek slang, we would call them “cheat sheets for obedient scribes.” Non-papers are an additional attempt by humanity to bypass Plato, who insisted that nothing can be and not be at the same time. And yet, it can. Because a non-paper is a written note, but it is not a document, with the bureaucratic weight of the term. You send a non-paper unsigned, so no one can accuse you of anything. Even if you unleash lies and malignant innuendos that cross even the line of the toxic government spokesman. The job assigned to him cannot boast of its purity, honesty, uprightness – its frankness.

One such example is this: On February 8, the teachers of the National Theater Drama School announced their resignation, with clarity and boldness, expressing their opposition to the law which “degrades drama studies, creates a series of problems in work, and discredits the performing arts sector.” They also said they wanted “to support the main demands of their students.” They specified that “we waive our current contracts and/or the renewal of our contracts for the second semester.”

However, the government’s so-called “executive state” and its troll accounts on social media were quick to treat the resigned teachers as hypocrites. So they insulted them in the cowardly way: by issuing a non-paper. The teachers’ resignation, the non-paper said, was a show, because they work with limited-term contracts which were going to expire. But what is the “show” when you refuse the certain renewal of your contract? Even the government spokesman, a systematic distorter of statements, hesitated to subscribe to the vulgarity. He was content to repeat what the culture minister had said: that artists are “confused” and “did not understand” the new law, or some others did not want to let them understand. But if those teachers have such difficulty understanding a simple text, their diploma should be downgraded even further to match that of a high school.

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