On the Republican Renaissance Spirit

Far from being a pedantic history lesson, this digression on the three Florentine republics that succeeded one another from 1494 (the year of the expulsion of the Medici who, fearful, conniving and rumoured in cahoots with the French of Charles VIII, were overthrown by spontaneous citizen uprisings) intends to bring to light that voluntary, popular and democratic spirit that took place after decades of Medici domination, ignited by the vehement preaching of Friar Girolamo Savonarola.

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The Gender Struggle

The ‘gender struggle’ is today the new ‘class struggle’. And its promoters have a similar cultural background: from communist egalitarianism to post-capitalist levelling is a short step. The male and female genders – now de-generated, disempowered, undefined – disintegrate and lose themselves in undifferentiated ‘consumption units’, without real life, emotionally empty, for the use of the market and its demiurges.

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Poliziani Crafts

In Montepulciano there have been many handicraft productions, stories of local productions that, handed down over time, have contributed to creating a real history of tradition and culture. Visiting the artisan workshops of Montepulciano is a bit like taking a journey through history: here, women and men adapt a thousand-year-old tradition to the contemporary, made up of specialized practices and techniques starting from the elements that mother nature has granted.

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On the Primacy of Ideal Thought

The time of the Idea, like the one of Love, is the time of what is True, Real and Rational. In fact, there is no essential, ontological truth without a sensitive and emotional consistency and, vice versa, without ideal transposition into the world of choice and possibility. As Ludwig Wittgenstein said about the limits of logic: “You cannot deny that under your desk there is a rhinoceros”.

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Our ‘Proximity’ Publishing House

If the rise of equality of conditions, as Alexis de Tocqueville has already pointed out, was a historiographical datum and a certainty already in the nineteenth century, the great ideologies of the twentieth century died out and the second millennium passed in the new digital civilization, the state of equality is today pure globalist undifferentiation. And like any ‘undifferentiated’, it must be assigned to its rightful place: to a ‘general’ landfill.

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Unjust peace

Pacifism amongst our contemporaries, more and more, has lost all rational foundation, totally detaching itself from political reality, boasting alleged ethical foundations in the conviction that war is morally wrong and that this “action of attacking and bullying and even killing” can never be justified, is extraneous to the true essence of humanity and, in fact, is against nature, materially and morally.

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It’s never later than midnight

We realized how earthly existence has been ‘reduced’, as if sucked up by several mouths: the all-encompassing mechanics of the profession of ‘earning one’s daily bread’, in a family ‘experience’ which is the comic and caricatured version of the ancient domestic hearth (while now there are only needs, things to do, where being for being’s sake is forgotten, where belonging fades into the provisional and contingent), a state bureaucracy that, at the time of the new global pandemic, wraps in its coils and encodes every space of individual and collective action, even the very possibility of self-determination.

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Our way through the darkness

But for whom did we build these barricades, raising impassable walls against the families opposite –  who had suddenly become treacherous squads, bands of smearers? «On behalf of the bourgeoisie, which creates false myths of progress?» Franco Battiato sang. I wouldn’t say that. Because the bourgeoisie has been annihilated by the globalist progressivism that is waving the new post-Marxist flag of the primacy of the economy over politics. And with avalanches of money it maintains a plethora of new Chinese mandarins in the employ of large financial groups and conniving government elites. Then at the same time it fights in the trenches trying to devalue all the traditional symbols and uses of Western civilization, starting from the archetypal concept of gender identity.

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The Science of Goodness (and of the Sun)

In his mythopoiesis of ‘Goodness’ and ‘Justice’, Plato affirms the primacy of Goodness over other ideas, comparing it to the sun: “As in the visible sphere, the light of the sun and vision can correctly be considered similar to the sun, but it is not correct to assume that they are the sun, so in this other sphere it is correct to assume that ‘truth’ (ἀλήθεια) and ‘science’ (ἐπιστήμη) are both similar to Goodness, but it would be incorrect to think that one or the other of them are Goodness: the condition of Goodness is due the highest honour” (Republic, 509a).

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Truth is not blameless

  BY SIMONE BANDINI   “(Europe) is a bourgeois and individualistic continent preoccupied with its refrigerator.” Albert Camus, speaking in Athens 28th April 1955.   In 1955 Albert Camus was incredibly – and today I add miserably – prophetic.  Post-bourgeois nihilism has brought us to extreme consequences in technocratic, rationalist and materialistic thinking. That the […]

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