” Studia, studia, studia” disse Lenin

(La Repubblica): la Lega non è più un partito “leninista” cresciuto secondo un modello organizzativo simile al PCI. …

(Umberto Bossi) Non saprei Lenin, ma all’inizio io la notte scrivevo i discorsi a tutti quanti sa?

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Freud fail

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…. the Steinach operation, which promised to restore a man’s vitality but really amounted to nothing more than an ordinary vasectomy. It nevertheless became hugely popular among the male intelligentsia of Europe, including the poet William Butler Yeats, who at sixty-nine had married a twenty-seven-year-old; even Sigmund Freud, so attuned to phallic states, pronounced himself satisfied with the results. (Spring chicken, stay youn for ever or die trying)

faith in the future

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‘The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent it.’ (George Orwell, shooting and elephant)

Renzi e il Che

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Quando tu ti vesti col giubbotto da Fonzie non fai il bullo: lo sei. La forma è sostanza. È il messaggio che vuoi comunicare. Lei se lo immagina Che Guevara senza camicia militare? Oppure: il nostro Berlinguer con una maglia con le scritte davanti? L’esteriorità è la vetrina dell’anima. O almeno, non esageriamo: delle intenzioni.(Gianluigi Gessa)

growth

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As Robert Singer, the Japanese art curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, once commented when he kindly acted as my guide during a visit to Japan, “the oldest temple in Japan never goes over the age of twenty.” The working temple is built on a single platform, and the empty site beside the shrine is both where the previous temple once stood and also where the next will be built: a clear expression of the balance between full and empty, continuity and discontinuity, reflecting the Shinto belief in the perpetual renewal of nature and man as well as a means to pass building techniques from one generation to the next. (If venice dies , Settis)