Ventotene Manifesto

Ventotene Manifesto

Ventotene Manifesto

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The Ventotene Manifesto is a political statement written by Altiero Spinelli and by Ernesto Rossi while they were prisoners on the Italian island of Ventotene during World War II. Completed in June 1941, the Manifesto was circulated within the Italian Resistance, and it soon became the programme of the Movimento Federalista Europeo. The Manifesto encouraged a federation of European states, which was meant to keep the countries of Europe close, thus preventing war.

The most important assessment was the acknowledgment that
"the divide between progressive and reactionary parties no longer follows the formal line of greater or lesser democracy, or of more or less socialism to be instituted; rather the division falls along the line, very new and substantial, that separates those who still conceive the essential purpose and goal of struggle as the ancient one – that is, the conquest of national political power – and who, although involuntarily, act for the reactionary forces, letting the incandescent lava of popular passions set in the old moulds, thus allowing old absurdities to arise once again, and those who see the creation of a solid international State as the main purpose: they will direct popular forces toward this goal, and, should they win national power, will use it first and foremost as an instrument for achieving international unity""La linea di divisione fra i partiti progressisti e partiti reazionari cade perciò ormai, non lungo la......

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