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INSIDE ITALIAN POLITICS: Graecia Capta

May 24, 2013
by Lawrence Gulotta

 Graecia Capta

By Joseph Tamburrano

Posted on May 14, 2013         

Is William Epifani, [the new national secretary of the DP*] a former socialist, at the helm of the former communists? It is a simplification but it is a fact: Epifani comes from the Italian Socialist Party (PSI) and in the Democratic Party (PD) almost everything comes from the Italian Communist Party (PCI). Is this just a curiosity or a fact that can lead to important developments? By association of ideas, I am reminded of the recent initiative of the European socialists, to dissolve the Socialist International – international yes, but not socialist – and replace it with a body more faithful to its original nature.

I am reminded of the attempt by D’Alema** to start a kind of unification with the former socialist Italian Socialist Party, who –  they being a “patrol of the enlightened – were assumed to bring socialist values ​​to the structure of the former PCI. Remember Horace’s verse, “Grecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artes intulit rural Latio” [“Conquered Greece took captive her savage conqueror and brought her arts into rustic Latium.”] After a while the ‘marginalized’ went out on the sly from the party (except for those who made an obscure career of it.)

It is pointed out that Amato*** is an authoritative socialist leader able to rebuild the party but Amato refused: he was serving the country! As long as the “Country” did not need him anymore. How will it go with Epifani, a serious person who knows better than anyone the problems that have been the soul of Italian socialism – the condition of the working class – and that today is the dramatic problem of Italian society? Is he  ‘there to ferry the PD to the next Congress’ or to restore order in a party in disarray and without identity? There is no one better than he who can work to give Italy – the only European country that does not have one – a modern party with a clear and modern socialist identity that brings together all the scattered forces that refer to the great thought and great struggles, in the tradition of socialism. It ‘s our dream? Wishful thinking. Yet the task is to present the current state of the world of work and the epochal crisis of globalized financial capitalism.BestWishesWilliam!

*Guglielmo Epifani (born 24 March 1950) is an Italian trade unionist and politician. From 2002 to 2010 he was the General Secretary of the Italian General Confederation of Labour, the biggest trade union in Europe. On 11 May 2013 Epifani was appointed Secretary of the Democratic Party.

**Massimo D’Alema was born in Rome on 20 April 1949,[1] the son of Giuseppe D’Alema, a communist politician. D’Alema’s first steps in politics were in the 1970s as secretary of the Italian Federation of Young Communists (FGCI). He later became a notable member of Italian Communist Party (PCI), part of which in 1991 gave origin to the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS), and in 1998 to the Democrats of the Left (DS). In 1998, succeeding Romano Prodi, he became Prime Minister, as the leader of The Olive Tree centre-left coalition. He was the first former Communist to become prime minister of a NATO country and the first Prime Minister of Italy born after Italy became a Republic in 1946. 

***Giuliano Amato Born in Turin into a Sicilian family, Amato grew up in Tuscany. He received a Law degree from the University of Pisa in 1960, and a masters degree in comparative law from Columbia Law School in 1963.He worked as professor of Italian and Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Rome La Sapienza from 1975 to 1997. Amato began his political career in 1958, when he joined the Italian Socialist Party. He was a Member of Parliament from 1983 to 1993. He was Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister’s office from 1983 to 1987, Deputy Prime Minister from 1987 to 1988, and Minister of the Treasury from 1987 to 1989. From June 1992 to April 1993, Amato served as Prime Minister. During those ten months, a series of corruption scandals rocked Italy and swept away almost an entire class of political leaders. Amato himself was never implicated, notwithstanding how close he was to Bettino Craxi, a central figure in the corruption system.

[biographical information from Wikipedia]

Graecia Capta

By Joseph Tamburrano

Posted on maggio 14, 2013     

 EpifaniUn ex socialista alla guida degli ex comunisti? E’ una semplificazione ma è un fatto: Epifani viene dal PSI e il PD quasi tutto dal PCI. Ma è solo una curiosità o un fatto che può dar luogo a importanti sviluppi? Per associazione di idee mi torna in mente la recente iniziativa dei socialisti europei di scioglimento della Internazionale socialista – internazionale sì ma non socialista – e la sua sostituzione con un organismo più fedele alla sua natura originaria. Mi torna in mente il tentativo di D’Alema di avviare una specie di unificazione con i socialisti dell’ex PSI, i quali – essendo solo una pattuglia di “illuminati”- presumevano di portare i valori socialisti nella struttura dell’ex PCI e ricordarono il verso di Orazio “Grecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artes intulit agresti Latio” or “Conquered Greece took captive her savage conqueror and brought her arts into rustic Latium.” Dopo un po’ emarginati uscirono alla chetichella dal partito (salvo qualcuno che fece la sua oscura carriera personale).Si puntò su Amato autorevole leader socialista per rifare il partito, ma Amato si rifiutò: era al servizio del Paese! Finchè il “Paese” non ebbe più bisogno di lui. Come andrà con Epifani, persona seria che conosce meglio di chiunque i problemi che sono stati l’anima del socialismo italiano – la condizione della classe lavoratrice – e che oggi sono il problema drammatico della società italiana? E’ lì per traghettare il PD verso il congresso o per rimettere ordine in un partito allo sbando e senza identità? Nessuno meglio di lui può operare per dare all’Italia – l’unico paese europeo che ne è privo – un moderno partito con una chiara e moderna identità socialista che riunisca tutte le disperse forze che si rifanno al grande pensiero e alla grandi lotte, alla tradizione del socialismo. E’ il nostro un sogno? Wishful thinking. Eppure il compito è attuale per la condizione del mondo del lavoro e per la crisi epocale del capitalismo finanziario globalizzato.Auguri Guglielmo!

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