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  • Writer's pictureAndré Delicata

Abela and the ship of Theseus

There is a thought experiment in philosophy called the ship of Theseus.

The experiment supposes that the famous ship sailed by the hero Theseus in a great battle was kept in a harbour as a museum piece. As the years went by some of the wooden parts began to rot and were replaced by new parts. With time, every single part of the ship had been replaced. The question then is whether the “restored” ship is still the same object, i.e. the ship of Theseus.

It reminds me so much of the Abela government, the supposedly rehabilitated Muscat government.

We have seen much fanfare about changes in faces, changes in ways of doing things, but plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. We have the same brazen, unfettered, kleptocracy, cronyism, corruption, clientelism and impunity. The same lies, deceit, spin, smoke and mirrors.

In that you have your answer: the ship does remain the ship of Theseus even after it has been “restored”.

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