This morning, at the Palazzo Pirelli in Milan, an important event was held paying tribute to one of the great Italian political thinkers of the 20th century, Gianfranco Miglio (1918-2001).
Speakers included some of Italy's brightest public intellectuals, including: Stefano Bruno Galli, Autonomy and Culture Adviser for Lombardy, Luigi Marco Bassani, professor at the Università degli Studi in Milan, and Carlo Lottieri, professor at the Università degli Studi in Verona. The book, Vocazione e destino dei Lombardi by Gianfranco Miglio, edited by Stefano Bruno Galli, was also presented at the event.
Miglio, who was a jurist and political scientist at Milan's Università Cattolica, was very active in Italian politics, particularly in efforts to promote federalism and regional autonomy. He was elected to the Italian Senate as a member of the Lega Nord (today known as the Lega) and in 1994, he founded the Partito Federalista.
A prolific author, Miglio drew from sources as varied as Henry David Thoreau, Max Weber, and Carl Schmitt. Much of his work involved rigorous analysis of different "political power structures" in Italy -- what others elsewhere have called "the administrative state".
We are delighted to announce that the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) has produced a limited number of neckties featuring the image of the 19th century French economist, legislator, and writer, Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850).
For CAN$65, you may purchase this colourful tie to add to your ever growing, ever garish emblematic tie collection. More information about how to order can be found at the MEI's website here.
Bastiat is, of course, the author of the seminal 1850 essay, The Law, which considers fundamental issues in political and economic philosophy in a clear and engaging style. English- and Spanish-language editions of The Law can be downloaded for free here, courtesy of the Mises Institute of Alabama (USA).
The MEI is an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank in Canada that seeks to foster debates and promote policy reforms based on market principles. It was founded in 1998.
In an essay originally appearing in 2017 at Breitbart and re-published yesterday by Intellectual Takeout, former US diplomat Ted Malloch writes about the ongoing crisis of the family in Europe.
"The crisis of the family is not simply a result of changed sexual mores or feminist ideology, while they contribute to it. It has far deeper roots.
Malloch -- whose memoirs, Davos, Aspen & Yale: My Life Behind the Elite Curtain as a Global Sherpa, were published by WND in 2016 -- is a frequent commentator on the decline of the family in the West.
Limited strictly to "members only" and noting that "no bags [would] be permitted into the event", the Oxford Union Society (founded in 1823) hosted Steve K. Bannon on Friday, November 16. Local media reported around a thousand protestors, who clashed at times with police.
In its materials, the Oxford Union described Bannon with this:
"After a career in the Navy, investment banking, and Hollywood, Mr. Bannon co-founded Breitbart News in 2006. He became the chief executive of Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and subsequently served as White House Chief Strategist from the inauguration until August 2017. Since then, he has set up an organisation called The Movement, which is designed to promote right-wing economic nationalism in Europe ahead of the European Parliamentary Elections in 2019. Mr Bannon will deliver opening remarks, followed by questions from the President before opening the floor to the audience."
The duration of the full video -- which includes Bannon's 'presentation' and the subsequent moderator and audience questions -- is 1:12:02.
Here's an interesting way to spend 46 minutes this weekend. First, a brief description:
“Jonathan Miller [the renowned English theatre and opera director, actor, and author] plays Plato's ‘Symposium’ as a picnic organized by an OxBridge don for his students. The [...] script is faithful to the drinking party recorded by Plato, [at which] Socrates asks each guest to explain the nature of love. By a series of questions, Socrates leads the guests to conclude that love is the Highest Good, and that God is love."
Originally aired 14 November 1965. Total viewing time: 46:14.
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