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In , the anti-Fascist activists Ernesto Rossi and Altiero Spinelli, placed under house arrest on the Italian island of Ventotene, draw up a manifesto for a free. Download, Total Views, Stock, ∞. File Size, KB. File Type, pdf. Create Date, Wednesday December 7th, Last Updated. Among the activities promoted by the Committee, there was the translation of the Ventotene Manifesto in all EU languages (missing so the.

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In moments of dire need, they know just how to disguise their true nature, saying they stand by freedom, peace, general well-being and the poorer classes. It only needs one nation to take one step towards more accentuated totalitarianism for the others to follow suit, dragged down the same groove by their will to survive. Manigesto first group is the one which least gave in to the totalitarian rod and maniifesto will the quickest to reorganize its ranks.

All the old conservative institutions that have hindered this process will either have collapsed or will be teetering on the verge of collapse. Even a compromise solution between the two warring sides would be one more step forward for totalitarianism. The workers, educated in the class system, cannot see beyond the demands of their particular class or even their professional category and fail to concern themselves with how their interests link up with those of other social classes.

These beliefs place their trust in the “spontaneous generation” of events and institutions and the absolute goodness of drives originating among the grass roots. The principle whereby the class struggle is the condition to which mamifesto political problems are reduced, has become the fundamental guideline of factory workers in particular, and gave consistency to their politics for as long as the fundamental institutions were not questioned.

Yet, commitment to common goals seems to depend on the development of a multi-speed Ventogene, as the current EU cannot cope with further slowdowns and veto players. It must therefore be made up of men who agree on the main issues for the future. The nation States, in fact, have so deeply planned their respective economies, that the main question would soon be which group of economic interests, i.

The Manifesto of Ventotene (1941)

Unavoidably, it needs to fill a gap that still exists between its institutions and citizens. All the initial achievements would shrivel into nothing, faced with the need to prepare for war once more.


The Ventotene Manifesto — Hungarian All religious faiths are to be equally respected, but the State vfntotene no longer have earmark funds for religion. All matters which would find easy solutions in the European Federation, just as corresponding problems, suffered by the small States which became part of a vaster national unity, lost their harshness as they were turned into problems of relationships between various provinces.

Otherwise, the same insoluble problem will arise: The Treaty of Rome focused on a few basic principles to create a common market, and as such established the four free movements, of goods, people, services and capital.

The multiple problems which poison international life on mnaifesto continent have proved to be insoluble: But from this gradually increasing circle of sympathizers, it must pick out and recruit into the organisation only those who have identified and accepted the European revolution as the main goal in their lives, who carry out the necessary work with strict discipline day in day out, carefully checking up on its continuous and effective safety, even in the most dangerously illegal situations.

The Manifesto called for a federation of Europe and the world. Sergio Fabbrini suggests a return to the federalist idea within a new political agreement that can actually refresh the ventotenr of the EU institutions.

It takes just a few days to destroy the results of decades of common effort to increase the general well-being. But with this ideology came the seeds of capitalist imperialism which our own generation has seen mushroom to the point where totalitarian States have grown up and world wars have been unleashed. It helped overcome narrow-minded parochialism and created a much wider feeling of solidarity against foreign oppression.

Every people, defined by its ethnic, geographical, linguistic and historical characteristics, was expected to find the instrument best suited to its needs within a State organization created according to its own specific concept of political life, and with no outside intervention. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the steady extension of suffrage, made it increasingly difficult to defend old privileges, while maintaining a representative system of government.

They do not want to force the hand of “history”, or “the people”, or “the proletariat”, or whatever other name they give their God. In this way, the conviction grew up that only a totalitarian State, in which individual liberties were abolished, could somehow resolve the conflicts of interest that existing political institutions were unable to control.


In appearance, these States might well be democratic and socialist on a large scale.

With this code at hand, all those aspects of society that have not respected this principle have been placed on trial, a great historical trial. Most probably, manifesti British leaders, perhaps in agreement with the Americans, will try to push things in this direction, in order to restore balance-of-power politics, in the apparent immediate interests of their empires.

Women are considered merely as producers of soldiers and are rewarded with the same criteria as prolific cattle. Wholesale vntotene of the economy under State control was the first, utopian form taken by the working classes’ concept of their freedom from the yoke of capitalism. The progressive front would be quickly shattered in the brawl between economic classes and categories. Spinelli —86a former Communist, became a leader of the federalist movement due to his primary authorship of the Manifesto and ventotens postwar advocacy.

The Ventotene Manifesto in all EU laguanges – Istituto di Studi Federalisti Altiero Spinelli

By this dictatorship of the revolutionary party a new State will be formed, and around this State new, genuine democracy will grow. They have thus shown themselves to be the bodies most suited to the current international environment.

There are those who believe that material for the new constitutional order can be salvaged from this ventogene.

When the threat became all too serious at the end of the First World War, it was only natural that these privileged classes should have warmly welcomed and supported the rise of dictatorships that removed their adversaries legalislative weapons. If, instead, the movement is backed only by the proletariat, it will be deprived of the clarity of thought which only intellectuals can give and which is so vital in identifying new paths and new duties: This statement was in contrast with the idea, then prevailing, that unity could be achieved almost naturally and only as a secondary goal, after the attainment of political purposes communism, democracy and so on in individual countries.

They give their adversaries the weapons they need to overthrow them.