Achille Spinelli 1

Dr. Achille Spinelli, Master's Degree in Economics, Autonomous Province of Trento.

Focus on a Tiny Autonomous Province in Italy Experiencing Continuous Economic Growth: Interview with Trento Provincial Councillor Achille Spinelli on the Prospects and Challenges of Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Society

Question: Provincial Councillor Spinelli, how do you think politics should adapt to the liquid modernity as described by Bauman?

Answer: In a liquid society, traditional bonds and values are weakened, and politics must find new ways to connect with citizens. We must adopt a flexible and open approach, listening to ever-evolving needs and seeking innovative solutions.

Question: According to Bauman, the use of digital technologies can lead us into an illusion of connection. How can politics avoid this trap?

Answer: It is crucial that politics does not limit itself to the superficial use of digital technologies. We should use these platforms to engage citizens in meaningful dialogue, addressing real issues and creating a sense of online community that translates into concrete offline actions.

Question: Bauman criticizes the consumerist approach of the market economy. How can current politics overcome this view?

Answer: Politics must promote an economic vision that places people’s well-being at the center rather than mere consumption. We must create economic policies that reduce inequalities, ensure opportunities for all, and support fair wealth distribution.

Question: In the context of the digital age, how can we balance individual freedom with collective responsibility?

Answer: It is essential to find a balance between personal freedom of expression and action and the responsibility to contribute to the common good. Politics should promote digital literacy and civic education to help people understand the implications of their online actions.

Question: Bauman emphasizes the importance of dialogue and cooperation. How can we encourage greater collaboration between individuals and communities?

Answer: Politics can incentivize cooperation through public participation programs, community engagement initiatives, and spaces for constructive debate. We must create platforms that facilitate open dialogue and the exchange of ideas.

Question: Finally, according to Bauman, human creativity is threatened by the liquidity of digital information. How can politics preserve and promote creativity in today’s society?

Answer: Politics should support education based on critical thinking and reflection, encouraging people to critically evaluate digital information and develop thinking skills. Additionally, we must promote equitable access to cultural resources and ensure that information can be verified for authenticity.

Question: Provincial Councillor, which of Bauman’s concepts on the liquid society do you believe could weaken the concept of classical politics?

Answer: “Certainly, when Bauman describes how in the modern age, everything was given and conceived as a solid construction, whereas in ‘his’ liquid society, every aspect of life can be artificially reshaped as needed and for a purpose, and nothing has clear, defined, and fixed boundaries once and for all. This affects human relationships, which have become precarious and fluid themselves. This continuous potential mutation could in the future compel politics to transform into a sort of multi-service society and abandon values and solid traditions in favor of seasonal coalitions of proposals in line with the ever-changing and fluctuating demands of consumers.”