People

Who are the people? We are the people, answered the people on the streets of the former German Democratic Republic and manifested with it a profundly democratic moment. The action brought upon an actor. The people who were fed up with the Socialist regime and wanted their political leaders to listen to their voices: Listen, we are the people. But don’t ask further, don’t ask: Who is this people? We are one people, answered the people on the streets after the breakdown of the German Democratic Republic as if they had one voice and constituted a circumscribed object that can be treated by others rather than act by themselves. The actor vanished in the moment the clear identity appeared. The people lost its perfomative character and turned into a sociological matter. Why is this? The people as an unknown figure can appear, claim and change our perception in the very moment people go on the streets, precisly because we don’t know who is going to show up. We better should listen carefully to their words. The people as a preconfigured identity cannot appear, claim and change, because even if the people goes on the streets, it is already known who appears and analysed what it needs.