dal cafone lucano all’avv. di South Chicago

I  DECIDED TO CELEBRATE CHARLES DARWIN DAY – WHICH OF COURSE IS  TODAY – NOT RITUALLY AT ALL: MILITANTLY. CHARLES HAS BEEN THE GREATEST SCIENTIST  OF ALL TIMES; THIS IS A FACT, AND THAT’S ALL, FOLKS.

Here’s a letter to Michella Obama. monte-chiaro_bio_090211 >>> MORE ON THE LETTER ISSUE:

A SUGGESTED INTERPRETATION OF THE CHIAROMONTE-LIBERALS-OBAMA GENEALOGY.

to  MICHELLE OBAMA <info@barackobama.com>
date    12 February 2009 04:57
subject    Re: Your call to service (2009/1/12)

Dear Michelle,
I might have found something important, a hidden Italian contribution (in the 1940s, when so many Europeans had to escape to NY) to the birth, growth and emergence of a liberal culture, that is now fully deploying, for the first time ever, in your beloved husband as a President; that we feel as Our President in Italy as well, as everywhere in this cosmopolitan world (and this is another first time in History, I must say). I am about to post this idea, and this is an excerpt from the English Abstract of my post. It will appear on all 3 my blogs which are named below, with my signature. When my hypothesis will be a bit more robust, I might send an op-ed to the NYT on the subject, eventually.

ENGLISH ABSTRACT
the Secret Magister of the Novecento
the hidden roots in Lucania (Italy) of Obama’s way of thinking


NICOLA “NICK” CHIAROMONTE (1903 – 1972). Born in Rapolla, Lucania, Italia. He died in Rome.
A unique figure of a coherent,  self made and – hiddenly, behind the scenes – highly influential anti-totalitarian intellectual, with many curiosities in philosophy, a pioneering critique of Historicism and a great passion for theatre (where he believed Brecht was by far overvalued).
A pioneer of lib-socialism (although he early split in 1935, in Paris from the Rosselli brothers GL, Justice and Liberty group, for not paying lipservice to Italian nationalism and Risorgimento),  in the company of Arendt, Camus, Orwell and Weil. He fought in Spain with André Malraux’s aviation team: a real legend.
When in New York (Summer 1941-47), he played a  widely recognised Magister role in the liberal, anti-stalinist intelligentsia of the Partisan Review and Macdonald’s Politics, although he had to fight hard against a well alive marxism, yet. He was the best friend of Mary McCarthy (…).

A Maestro of the Novecento, he  found  his own Maestri in Andrea Caffi, Gaetano Salvemini and someone younger than him: Simone Weil. While he despised Gramsci as a cattivo maestro of generations.
We argue here that the hybridation of seminal European and American New Lefts, that happened in New York under his Invisible Direction in the 1940s, was a decisive, necessary and irreversible step toward the (path dependent) emergence of contemporary Liberalism in the East Coast, that has now expressed its most mature figure in President Obama.
The man with the energy and innovation, as  not only to stop the Reagan-Clinton decadence, but to establish a Liberal cultural and political “hegemony” (NOT in the awful, collectivist and retro Gramsci sense!), without antecedents in US history. It is impossible to understand where all this comes from, unless you dig deep, and also in the legacy of a man who literally came from the Nothing:  il “cafone lucano”. Point is: of the  two Nothings (Emanuele Severino), he was just coming from the Future (on a Time Machine). Thanks, Nick!
It is time to make Justice triumph. Time is ripe for the world, from Mumbai to LA to  know whom we have also to reward for the ongoing change.

The truth about such a despised and forgotten man, whose imagination, fed by Simone’s fertile one, created an Impossible Thought Experiment  – a libertarian socialism freed by Marxism – that we can now translate into a Real Experiment.

I follow every day the political battle in the US, and I am deeply engaged in doing the same in Italy. We can’t  believe yet all this is true, and all our destinies changed 180° in less than one year!
Thank you from the deep of my heart.
enzo fabio

Obama accepts the challenge, and plays the key race game.

We all knew there were two taboo at stake in the Democratic primaries and the US  Presidential campaign: gender (Hillary) and race (Barack). The real nodes come afore now. It is the moment of truth. Barack Obama just finished a major speech on race in America and building a more perfect union: the one we were waiting for, after the media campaign challenging him to a new step. Here’s the video and full text (diffused on Obama’s mailing list 2 hours ago, 9:47 pm GMT, March 18):

Barack Obama in Philadelphia

http://my.barackobama.com/hisownwords

New York Times

NEWS ANALYSIS
Obama Chooses Reconciliation Over Rancor

In a speech that was frank but also hopeful and patriotic, Barack Obama confronted race head-on, then reached beyond it. 

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Mc Cain (71) competing with Castro (81) to meet Marx the 1st

Paul Krugman was lamenting a few weeks ago, that Arizona sen. John Mc Cain was treated like a Saint by the media: meanwhile, some other NYT people were doing their job, working at the de-sanctification. After having turned his presumed love affair with a lobbyist in his favour at least in the short period, coagulated the GOP (the enemy of my enemy..) and collected more money, the heavily lobbyists– backed (1) warrior shows off in an Indiana speech.
He wishes Fidel Castro the opportunity to meet Karl Marx soon. That was a way (in his non-sublime intellect and propaganda), to say Cuba won’t change with compañero Fidel alive (a disputable CONJECTURE on that totalitarian régime).
Pay attention, old warrior: YOU TOO will meet sooner or later Karl Marx, the social scientist in person. He’ll be tougher than Viet comrades! Let’s imagine a tragicomic scena Dantesca: two barbudo diablos torturing private John.

note

(1) WashPost 2008/o2/02 updates NYT’s hypothesis: “lobbyists are essentially running his presidential campaign” and a record 59 lobbyists are raising money for him.

Mark Shields on PBS with David Brooks, 2008/02/22:

John McCain’s claim, his most convincing claim as an agent of change, is that he has been this foe of money and lobbyists and entrenched power and influence in Washington. And today’s story in the Washington Post following up on that showed that lobbyists were not only continuing in their lobbying positions on payrolls, in many cases, in running John McCain’s campaign on a shoe string, but also leading bundlers in raising money. He had three times as many lobbyists bundling donations for him as Hillary Clinton did.

Zachary Coile “Mc Cain dodges bullet, faces fiscal bombshell”, S. Francisco Chronicle, 2008/02/23:

Mc Cain on Friday found himself defending his hiring of several lobbyists for his top campaign staff, including campaign manager Rick Davis, a former lobbyist who represented telecommunications firms, and senior adviser Charlie Black, whose lobbying firm has represented drug companies, automakers, oil companies and defense contractors, among others.

“These people have honorable records, and they’re honorable people, and I’m proud to have them as part of my team,” McCain said Friday.

Ironically, the last time this charge was levied against McCain was in the 2000 campaign, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush portrayed McCain as hypocritical for leading the fight for campaign finance reform while raising money from lobbyists with interests before the Senate Commerce Committee, which he chaired.

Last time, not first: 9 years before the Senate Ethics Commission labelled “questionable conduct” John Mc Cain getting money from cracked up Lincoln Savings, during the late 1980s Saving and Loan crisis, induced by Reaganite credit deregulation (very often cited for a deregulation “cause-effect”, basically similar to the ongoing subprime crisis). Always unlucky John! Not a good credit as a New Deal President …
For “New Deal” and “Subprime”: search the Political Economy category of this blog.

Obama’s New Deal

obamanewdeal_080215.pdf

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 Obama’s 

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