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24 / 07 / 2004
Alain G. Gagnon (University of Quebec): ôLarge nations do not offer solutions to the aspirations of small national identities

In his intervention in the first session of the Dialogue "Ethical Wealth of Nations. Values and Social Development" the professor of political sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) cited the examples of Quebec, Catalonia, and Scotland as nationalities that aspire to be able to freely develop their national models.

Alain G. Gagnon, professor of political sciences at the University of QuÚbec in Montreal (UNAM) pointed out today at the opening session of the dialogue "Ethical Wealth of Nations. Values and Social Development" that "large nations do not offer solutions to the aspirations of small national identities." In this respect, he pointed out that "large nations do not contribute to the coexistence with the small ones and the imposition of their models act as mere shields for small communities, they do not offer solutions to the most elemental aspirations of these national communities."

While giving his keynote speech on ethics and politics, Gagnon made a historical recount of the large milestones from which Western society laid the foundations for the roots which it currently upholds: the French revolution and the independence of the United States as an axis of the democratic system of today, and the industrial revolution is like the essence of economic development. In this respect, he stressed that "as these models of justice have been imposed, our ethical demands before the nations should be very large."

Likewise, he assured us that "modern societies tend to centralize and homogenize culture as a response to cultural diversity and, in this sense, he pointed out the examples of Canada and Quebec in which, "minorities act under the principle of equality."

Gagnon announced that he is preparing the creation of a group that will internationally research small national identities. This project, led by the University of Quebec, will consist in an interdisciplinary group to analyze diversity. The professor pointed out Catalonia, Scotland, and Quebec as the three societies with the most possibilities for leading this initiative, the beginning of which is anticipated for next Fall.

The Dialogue "Ethical Wealth of Nations. Values and Social Development" will continue until tomorrow, July 25 at the Forum.