Nick, the “cafone lucano” that gave self-assurance to Liberals

Here’s a letter to Michelle Obama.

IN THIS FILE: monte-chiaro_bio_090211 >>> MORE ON THE LETTER ISSUE: A SUGGESTED INTERPRETATION OF THE CHIAROMONTE-LIBERALS-OBAMA GENEALOGY.

Nick Chiaromonte played a bridge role, in the 1940s, between the new lib-soc interwar European culture, and East Coast Liberal, anti-Stalinist intellectuals. That was a cross-Ocean dissemination of New Left seeds; after the Columbus interchange of genes (F. Fernandez Armesto, various books) that shaped our Present, the Chiaromonte one of cultural genes that might re-open our Future.

to  MICHELLE OBAMA <info@barackobama.com>
date    12 February 2009 04:57
subject    Re: Your call to service (2009/1/12)

Dear Michelle,
I might have found something important, a hidden Italian contribution (in the 1940s, when so many Europeans had to escape to NY) to the birth, growth and emergence of a liberal culture, that is now fully deploying, for the first time ever, in your beloved husband as a President; that we feel as Our President in Italy as well, as everywhere in this cosmopolitan world (and this is another first time in History, I must say). I am about to post this idea, and this is an excerpt from the English Abstract of my post. It will appear on all 3 my blogs which are named below, with my signature. When my hypothesis will be a bit more robust, I might send an op-ed to the NYT on the subject, eventually.

ENGLISH ABSTRACT
the Secret Magister of the Novecento
the hidden roots in Lucania (Italy) of Obama’s way of thinking


NICOLA “NICK” CHIAROMONTE (1903 – 1972). Born in Rapolla, Lucania, Italia. He died in Rome.
A unique figure of a coherent,  self made and – hiddenly, behind the scenes – highly influential anti-totalitarian intellectual, with many curiosities in philosophy, a pioneering critique of Historicism and a great passion for theatre (where he believed Brecht was by far overvalued).
A pioneer of lib-socialism (although he early split in 1935, in Paris from the Rosselli brothers GL, Justice and Liberty group, for not paying lipservice to Italian nationalism and Risorgimento),  in the company of Arendt, Camus, Orwell and Weil. He fought in Spain with André Malraux’s aviation team: a real legend.
When in New York (Summer 1941-47), he played a  widely recognised Magister role in the liberal, anti-stalinist intelligentsia of the Partisan Review and Macdonald’s Politics, although he had to fight hard against a well alive marxism, yet. He was the best friend of Mary McCarthy (…).

A Maestro of the Novecento, he  found  his own Maestri in Andrea Caffi, Gaetano Salvemini and someone younger than him: Simone Weil. While he despised Gramsci as a cattivo maestro of generations.

The man with the energy and innovation, as  not only to stop the Reagan-Clinton decadence, but to establish a Liberal cultural and political “hegemony” (NOT in the awful, collectivist and retro Gramsci sense!), without antecedents in US history. It is impossible to understand where all this comes from, unless you dig deep, and also in the legacy of a man who literally came from the Nothing:  il “cafone lucano”. Point is: of the  two Nothings (Emanuele Severino), he was just coming from the Future (on a Time Machine). Thanks, Nick!
It is time to make Justice triumph. Time is ripe for the world, from Mumbai to LA to  know whom we have also to reward for the ongoing change.

The truth about such a despised and forgotten man, whose imagination, fed by Simone’s fertile one, created an Impossible Thought Experiment  – a libertarian socialism freed by Marxism – that we can now translate into a Real Experiment.

I follow every day the political battle in the US, and I am deeply engaged in doing the same in Italy. We can’t  believe yet all this is true, and all our destinies changed 180° in less than one year!
Thank you from the deep of my heart.
enzo fabio

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Too fit to fit in? Bio-psychology of the fat conservative voter

As the presidential run enters the decisive phases, BIO-POLITICS  come to the center of the arena in many ways:

a) subcrime is always the crime at the center of the plot: finance has exploited for years housing, a basic need

b) THE BODY OF THE CANDIDATES. A perfect body VERSUS a wrecked one.

c) Obama, too much perfect to fit into the expectations and indentification of 1/3 fat, obese Americans and 2/3 overweight. And identification, once a mechanism of romantic art, through Hollywood and the media, entered the bio-psichology of elections and voters expectations since long. Today’s, August 1st WSJ: Too Fit to Be President?

DUAL BINDING: OBAMA at the same time is required TO BE AND NOT TO BE a Nietzschean Super Man.

FT: Obama-love could hurt what it cherishes most

US presidents must be supermen who bestride the globe but must do a plausible impersonation of an ordinary guy, writes Chrystia Freeland

d) Mc Cain: a wrecked body by tortures and war, a wrecked campaign. Finding no better argument than this idiot one: “On Wednesday, the McCain campaign launched a new ad titled “Celeb” that compares Sen. Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears” (wsj, quoted). “Senator McCain’s latest “inexperience” TV ad about his opponent opened with fleeting images of celeb babes Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, who likely don’t know who he is. The celebrity link was a leap that fell flat.” (wsj August 1, editorial: Obama’s Bad Turn).

e) Question: how many neurons are connected in McCain’s brain? Here is the answer, from an above suspect source, such a hardliner conservative bastion as WSJ: HARDLY ANY NEURON. Is John McCain Stupid? By Daniel Henninger.

On Sunday, he said on national television that to solve Social Security “everything’s on the table,” which of course means raising payroll taxes. On July 7 in Denver he said: “Senator Obama will raise your taxes. I won’t.”

This isn’t a flip-flop. It’s a sex-change operation.(..)

t’s not just taxes. Recently the subject came up of Al Gore’s assertion that the U.S. could get its energy solely from renewables in 10 years. Sen. McCain said: “If the vice president says it’s doable, I believe it’s doable.” What!!??

… Sen. McCain called Nancy Pelosi an “inspiration to millions of Americans.” Notwithstanding his promises to “work with the other side,” this is a politically obtuse thing to say in the middle of a campaign. (…)

Yes, Sen. McCain must somehow appeal to independents and blue-collar Hillary Democrats. A degree of pandering to the center is inevitable. But this stuff isn’t pandering; it’s simply stupid.

(..) Why .. shouldn’t the Obama camp exploit all of this? If Sen. Obama’s “inexperience” is Mr. McCain’s ace in the hole, why not trump that by asking, “Does Sen. McCain know his own mind?”

 

f) ICE CREAM are the Presidential test, and Obama didn’t pass it yet. Innocent Shasha Obama says the bare  truth: there is something anti-bio, deeply in-natural in all this comedy. WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM. WHY SHOULD PAPA NOT ICE SCREAM? WSJ:

On a campaign stop in May at Lew’s Dari-Freeze in Milwaukie, Ore., Sen. Obama’s wife, Michelle, and their two daughters ate ice-cream sundaes and onion rings, while Sen. Obama grinned for the cameras and swirled a spoon around in his quickly melting ice-cream concoction, taking only a few nibbles.

During a July family appearance on “Access Hollywood,” Sen. Obama’s 7-year-old daughter, Sasha, revealed that her dad doesn’t like ice cream or sweets. “Everybody should like ice cream,” she said.

g) AS IF THE CONTRAST ENERGY-YOUTH versus  OLD & IDIOT was not enough, Vanity Fair yearly competition for Best Dressed has irrupted into the electoral campaign. Underlining a bio evidence which was under the table until today: Michelle is just beautiful,  her elegance is superb. We might have under-valued the incoming First Lady. This is the  odd of bio-politics: Vanity Fair has altered the whole  balance of power, by just registering a matter of fact.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/2481736/Michelle-Obama-hailed-as-fashions-first-lady-by-Vanity-Fair.htm   By Melissa Whitworth:

Keren Eldad, New York fashion manager of the Los Angeles Times, said: “McCain’s style is like the political style of her husband: conservative and outdated. It screams ‘safety’ and escapes any nod to change, to risk, or to bravado. She may throw on a tailored leather jacket every once again, but through her pearls and all that hairspray, can we really detect any semblance of inspiration? Of fun?

“Obama, on the other hand, gets it. She IS a modern woman, she has fun with fashion, she embraces life with fury and grace – making apparel choices so varied, that time and again signal this woman never sees anything in life as constant. That’s change. And that is the essence of what fashion is all about”.