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Italy: fascist bomb attack on left-wing paper

The last week before Xmas was a tense one in Italy. It started off with an unexploded bomb found on the roof of the cathedral in Milan, and finished with an explosion in the offices of the left wing newspaper Il Manifesto in Rome. Read more...

Rifondazione Comunista Italy’s new reformism

The most dynamic left force in Italy since 1991 has been Communist Refoundation. Marco Zito looks at the reasons for its growth over the last five years and whether it has broken with its Stalinist heritage Read more...

The Workers' Government

The Fourth Congress of the Communist International recognised that in countries where the relationship of forces between reformist parties and the openly bourgeois parties raised the question of which should form the government, the slogan of a workers’ government, “follows inevitably from the entire united front tactic." Read more...

The MSI: “The cudgel and the double breasted suit”

Italy is the only western European state in which a fascist party has joined a government since 1945.1 The entry of the Movimento Sociale Italiano (MSI) into the coalition government of Silvio Berlusconi prompted alarm amongst the left in Italy and around the world. It also provoked some revealing reactions from the bosses’ press. The Economist reassured its readers:

“Hitler and Stalin were monsters. Mussolini by comparison was a farmyard rooster . . . the true mark of fascism, belief in a peculiar variety of one-party corporate state—not, it should be said, a belief shared by this newspaper—is not Nazism or racism. Let the word ‘fascist’ be reserved for those who profess that belief, and today’s neo-fascists be judged for their own ideas, not Hitler’s.”2 Read more...

The criminal core of Italian capitalism

By late May 700 politicians, bureaucrats and bosses were being investigated in the bribes for contracts scandal that has rocked Italian capitalism. Marco Zucci makes sense of this controlled purging of the Italian state Read more...

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