New PDF release: Threats to Democracy

By Franco Ferraresi

ISBN-10: 0691044996

ISBN-13: 9780691044996

ISBN-10: 1400811570

ISBN-13: 9781400811571

This e-book represents the 1st systematic learn by way of a social scientist at the radical right-wing events in Italy on the grounds that 1945. through the heyday of right-wing violence among 1969 and 1980, road aggressions, assaults, and murders have been normal. those bloody episodes have been assumed to be the paintings of fanatical bands of "political squaddies" and concrete warriors loosely managed by way of mystery companies and different covert teams, which used them as a part of a "strategy of hysteria" pursued in family and overseas circles. Franco Ferraresi the following recognizes that those rightist teams have been actually accredited a specific amount of freedom, or even now and again truly aided, within the desire that revulsion at terrorist strategies may have the influence of mobilizing public opinion in desire of latest political preparations. besides the fact that, he additionally experiences the level to which they operated as self reliant devices, whereas he rigorously considers the political history, the doctrines, and the ideology that inspired them.

With the decline of violent job on either extremes of the political spectrum within the early Nineteen Eighties, the idea and perform so comprehensively mentioned by way of Ferraresi looked as if it would have entered a dormant degree. Ferraresi, although, areas in context the hot resurgence of neo-fascist forces in Italy, and of the so-called New correct all through Europe, including the increase of fundamentalism in lots of components of the area.

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For a time the Christian Democrats, the hegemonic party, were uncertain whether to open to the Right or to the Left, that is, to establish new coalitions including parties of either of the two wings. The MSI’s moderate leadership took advantage of this situation in order to press its claim for full political partnership at the national (and not only municipal) level. After its explicit acceptance of “political realities” at the 1954 Viareggio Congress (“our struggle must be carried out within this system”), the MSI took a number of explicit progovernmental steps that left no doubt as to its intentions.

4 The bureaucracy reciprocated. 5 The same was true for other branches of the state apparatuses. In 1960, out of the 64 first-class prefects, 62 had served under Fascism. So had all 241 deputy prefects, the 135 Questori (provincial chiefs of the state police), and the 139 deputy chiefs. What is more, only 5 of them appeared to have contributed in any way to the Resistance [Pavone 1974, 282–83]. 6 These are clear indicators of the failure of the attempt to purge the apparatuses, a matter deserving attention not only for its importance at the time but for the effects it had on the future of the radical Right.

Fascism seized on this symbolic universe, adding a number of its own elements. Chief among these were the cult for the fallen heroes of the great war and the cult for the fascist “martyrs,” thanks to which the myth of the hallowing effect of drawn blood became a crucial factor in the movement’s early efforts toward self-consecration [for examples, see Gentile 1993]. 22 The result was the downgrading of this universe to empty rhetoric, when not altogether to kitsch. This, as Jesi claims, may have been because of the low mythological temperature of the regime, related to its petty-bourgeois background [see above, p.

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