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A Political Theory for Our Time


Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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Spinelli and the Ventotene Manifesto




It is now sixty years since Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi completed the Ventotene Manifesto. This article recounts how they came to do this, the impact on Spinelli himself and, through him, on events in Europe since then. It is an exciting, moving and inspiring story.

Spinelli was arrested for anti-fascist activities in 1927, when still less than twenty years old. He was confined for ten years in a prison cell then six in prison camp. He was, when arrested, a leading member of the Italian communist youth movement, which he had joined for three main reasons. He saw it as the only effective opponent of fascism in Italy; he found in it an all-embracing idea that would enable him to play his part in making the world better for mankind; and he wanted to dedicate his life to such a cause.

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