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State Sealed Gaieté.

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    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.

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  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,

The Right Move of the Paraguayans.

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    "A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left".  (Ecclesiastes 10:2).   I'm not sure the "Preacher", when he wrote that in the tenth century B.C., had the modern political concept of right and left in mind; but I'm glad that Paraguay (which I consider my other adoptive country), did not chose to go the way indicated by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.   The following article, by Maurizio Stefanini , was taken  from the Italian daily newspaper Il Foglio . Your comments, as always, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Leonardo Pavese    Horacio Cartes     THE PERSONALITY-BASED POLITICS OF CARTES.  Is it the answer to Hugo Chávez style caudillismo? (Translated from Italian by L. Pavese). The 56 years old Paraguayan citizen Horacio Cartes confessed that, in his entire life, he voted for the first time just last Sunday. To make up for it, he voted for himself and became president: a pre

Libertà non vuol dire solo proprietà.

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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, sarebbe padrone de