Monday, 16 July 2018

Italian government points to a new form of politics


Here is an article well worth reading about the Italian government by a very insightful Italian journalist called Alessandra Bocchi. She thinks it points to a new form of politics, different from the old left-right division.

I quote.
The new government’s eclectic program emphasizes environmentalism, claiming that “man and the environment are two sides of the same coin,” and calls for a reduction of carbon emissions and an end to fossil fuels. The mixed ideological character of the new coalition is illustrated by Alberto Bagnai, a left-wing euroskeptic economist who represents the League in the Italian Senate. His book, The Sunset of the Euro, decries the single currency as a means for Germany to exert its dominance in the Eurozone. Bagnai also strongly opposes mass immigration, calling it a tool to drive down wages and increase exploitation of workers: “It’s no surprise that ‘left-wing’ ‘intellectuals’ don’t care about immigrants’ impact on wages—it’s because they’re not low skilled workers.”
It's from a very interesting site called First Things, which is an American journal of religion in public life, founded by Father Richard John Neuhaus, who wrote many influential books and advised George W. Bush. 

It's interesting that Catholicism plays an important part in the League in Italy and Lutheranism is important for many AfD leaders. I am not sure if there is a religious dimension to the Front National but Catholic monarchism is a factor in France. Even UKIP was the only British party to oppose homosexual marriage.

The Pope, Angela Merkel and Theresa May draw very different political lessons from Christianity. 

The truth is, however, that Christianity is pretty right-wing when it comes to social hierarchy, wives obeying husbands, sexual morality and many other things and a Christian does not have to be in favour of his country accepting large numbers of migrants. 

Pope St Pius V whose diplomacy made possible the the Battle of Lepanto, which saved Western Europe from Muslim invasion, represents another model of political Catholicism.

Here, in another recent article from First Things called 'Christianity As National Suicide Pact', Rod Dreher ends with the words

I wonder how Italians, including Italian Catholics, think about what the Pope and many of their bishops and priests are doing on the migration front. The choices these bishops and priests are making, and urging their flock to make, will affect untold future generations of Italians. Do ordinary Catholic laymen in Italy agree that being faithful to Christianity requires national and civilizational suicide? Will they come to blame the clerical class for the destruction of their civilization, and any violence yet to come?
If you were an Italian Catholic, who would you trust more to look out for your interest, and the interest of the Church in your country: Matteo Salvini, or Pope Francis? Normally it would be a crazy question, but these are not normal times.


  1. The devout Anglican Theresa May has very liberal religious and political opinions and, amongst other things, wants homosexual marriages to take place in church. Angela Merkel did not take part in the vote on single sex marriage. Theresa May was the driving force behind the Conservatives enacting it.

    1. Christianity As National Suicide Pact

      It's sad but that really is just about what Christianity is these days. It's not just the embrace of civilisation-destroying immigration. It's also the shameful surrenders to feminism and to homosexual activists. Maybe Christianity is still a positive force in eastern Europe, but in the West it's now a serious threat to our survival.

  2. Why on earth do you keep persiting in confusing Catholicism and Christianity? They parted ways long ago.


  3. Nice summary of present German politics. It saves me from reading the German newspapers...