Showing posts from April, 2013

State Sealed Gaieté.

    We want more state in our marriage!     Di Stefano Magni.     (Translated and edited from Italian by L. Pavese)           To observe the debate on the new marriage law in France means to lose all hope for the cause of individual freedom in the Hexagon. Both sides are invoking even more state regulatory power in the lives of families. That is certainly the case for the socialist backers of the law, which would equalize homosexual and heterosexual marriages, allow homosexual couples to adopt children and, of course, extend entitlements of every kind to the new type of family. In a country which extracts a tax rate of 75% from the income of her “richer citizens”, prompting actor Gerard Depardieu, and others among her most productive citizens to escape, they want to extend public expenditure to those who, until yesterday, were de facto recognized couples.  But, above all, the state will be allowed into a sphere from which it was excluded. From now on, in fact

The fire this time.

  Besides the references to the controversial figure of Italian "monk" Enzo Bianchi and his opinions on the matter, that could escape non-Italian, non-Catholic readers (and probably will), the following article is interesting (I think) because it directs the attention of the readers to the political aspect of an act which, besides being repulsive in itself, is only apparently an individual selfless action, inspired by a religious belief (not to say that selflessness is necessarily good), but it is just another weapon in the panoply of warriors. Your comments will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks, Leonardo Pavese A Political Calculation.   By Roberto Dal Bosco (Translated and edited by L. Pavese).  The self-immolations in Tibet, to protest the Chinese presence in the region, are continuing. Yesterday (4/25/2013), three new cases of monks and civilians who set fire to themselves were recorded. They were two monks and a woman,

Libertà non vuol dire solo proprietà.

In California c'è un popolare blogger e conduttore radiofonico ( Marty Nemko ) che conclude sempre la sua trasmissione con la frase: "Fra quelli con i quali siamo d'accordo troviamo consolazione, ma fra quelli con i quali dissentiamo, cresciamo"; e devo dire che c'è del vero; perché anche un "liberale" molto individualista, e con forti tendenze anarchiche, come me, può trovare un germe del quale coltivare la crescita anche fra gli scritti di autori conservatori, anzi paleo-conservatori (cioè tradizionalisti), come quelli del The American Conservative , dal quale ho tratto l'articolo di questa traduzione. Il pezzo chiama in causa l'anarco-capitalismo di Murray Rothbard, e la sua concezione di un'organizzazione sociale basata essenzialmente sul rispetto del diritto di proprietà altrui, nel senso proprio letterale della parola; e cioè nel senso che i diritti individuali sono inviolabili, perché siccome un individuo, secondo Rothbard, sarebb

What are they really fighting for?

By Gianandrea Gaiani  (The article appeared originally on the Italian daily newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana , and was translated by L. Pavese)           Al-Qaeda has finally publicly claimed paternity of the strongest and most active militant group among the Syrian rebel movements, and in so doing has put the entire coalition that is fighting against the Bashar Assad’s regime in an embarrassing position. The most open secret about the ideological similarity between the Islamist terrorist network and some of the Salafi militants who are fighting in Syria was revealed by the leader of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia himself, Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi. In a communiqué that was broadcast on the web, al-Baghdadi declared that the al-Nusra Front is nothing but the Syrian wing of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and its objective is the creation of an Islamic state in Syria.  Al-Baghdadi, according to whom the two movements have by now been federated under the denomination of “Islamic State of Ir