Qaddafi’s provocations taken at face value



Running the minor risk of being the only moderate political observer in Europe to agree with him, we explain here why we agree deeply (although with qualifications) with both the epater les bourgeois proposiitons held yesterday by Qaddafi in Rome:

1 – America has practiced terrorism (a self-evidence, that  no one can deny). FAQ: What’s the difference between Bin Laden, and Reagan trying to kill the entire Qaddafi family in 1986?

2 – You should abolish political parties in Italy. We’ll show why this is a boomerang for Qaddafi.



The difference puts Reagan and the US in a much heavier position, since a democratic power can not go to a private “vendetta”, namely without trying alternatives. But the list is much longer:

a- NATO (France and the US) forces killed all the Italian civilians  (about a hundred) on the civil plane over the sky of Ustica, in another act of war to Lybia;

 b -the disclosure of CIA docs shows that the US strategy in the 1970s was to produce serial terrorism in Italy, from the Piazza Fontana mass killing, to Bologna railway station, etc. (on the latter: see also the recent  interrogation of Carlos by an Italian judge, confirming the CIA evidence). They financed, armed and organised all that – by use of home fascists and secret services. They personally killed Aldo Moro, manoeuvring the BR  for that purpose: this is History by now.

As a democratic country, Italy should have broken any, even diplomatic tie with the US for each one of these episodes of war to Italy. But we aren’t any democracy, as well as  the US are not.



Version 2.1. Italy abolishes all the Parties, as forms of monopoly of supply in the political competitive markets, as the sounder political theory recommends since long: both lib-lib (Pareto) and lib-soc  theory (Rosselli, Chiaromonte, Weil). Italy might therefore start an evolutionary path, eventually  readdressing its oligopolistic biopolitical system in the lost  realm of democracy,  and National dignity (sold off to Foreign powers: US and USSR in the past).

Version 2.2 But Qaddafi has something else in mind: a  populist dictatorship. He has short memory, and scarce knowledge of the balance of power. A neofascist Italy would quickly re-occupy Lybia as a colony (and no one would protest seriously abroad, not even in Africa; some Islamic demos, and that’s all folks). From Sudan, as a novel “Lyon of the desert”, Qaddafi will organize the guerrilla warfare: but  he’ll have little access to his foreign investments and placements, so he’ll run short of non-human resources. With Lybian gas and oil, Italy would return to the Great Power table, from which it fell down for zero increase of productivity in the last 2 decades. From a purely nationalistic and selfish viewpoint, Qaddafi’s idea is a winwin for us, worth being closely analysed in terms of costs and benefits. But from a democratic stance, we wouldn’t enter such an analytical process. 



Qaddafi ha detto ieri a Roma

1) Che differenza c’è tra Bin Laden, e Reagan che mi ha bombardato la tenda nel 1986?

2) In Italia dovreste abolire i partiti.

Tutto un stracciarvesti e distinguo. Nessuno che dica la  verità:

1) L’Italia ha un conto assai più lungo da presentare al Terrorismo USA firmato CIA: da Piazza Fontana via Moro ad oggi.

Un conto è abolire i Partiti-monopolio per dispiegare la democrazia, un conto per sopprimerla. Nel secondo caso, caro a Qaddafi, fascismo grande mangia fascismo piccolo, e la Libia tornerebbe ad essere una nostra colonia, stavolta con gran beneficio dell’economia nazionale!

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

Here’s a letter to Michelle Obama.


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.

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.

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