Since its inception, the Centro Studi Machiavelli has focused its action on Rome. This should come as no surprise: the purpose of the Machiavelli is precisely to influence political decision-makers, bringing them the voice, expectations and expertise of civil society. But to do that, we need to go out and collect them where they originate, all over the country.
With this attitude, the Machiavelli is preparing to expand its range of action, proposing, after the meetings promoted in Rome (since 2017) and online (since 2020), new moments of encounter, meeting and debate around Italy.
A first opportunity of this kind took place last Saturday, April 2, in Lamezia Terme, Calabria. Thanks to the organizational contribution of the Calabrian branches of the Lega and the Lega Giovani, and in particular of the Lamezia MP Domenico Furgiuele, the Centro Studi Machiavelli was able to propose a debate on the book Per una nuova destra of Daniele Capezzone. In addition to the book's author, the following speakers were professor Francesco Mastroianni, MP Francesca Gerardi, Hon. Furgiuele - who chaired and led the work - and the writer of these lines as a representative of the Center.
Among the more than one hundred participants in the event, there were also many local authorities: the Mayor of Lamezia Terme Paolo Mascaro, the President of the Regional Council Filippo Mancuso, the regional deputies Giuseppe Gelardi and Pietro Raso, as well as the Lamezia Assessor Sandro Zaffina. The press was also present; among others, the regional news dedicated a service to the conference.
Furgiuele emphasized the importance of this type of meetings and of realities such as the Machiavelli in a political and cultural path that, by engaging citizens, makes the Right grow. I had the welcome opportunity to present to the large audience (that came not only from Lamezia but from many other cities or towns in Calabria) the mission and activities of the Center; in addition to sharing with it considerations (already known to the readers of these pages) regarding Capezzone's book. Capezzone dedicated his speech to the next challenges that await the Centre-Right, inviting it not to rest on its laurels and not to take electoral success in the 2023 elections for granted, whatever the polls say.
Capezzone is right. And beyond the elections, which do not interest the Centro Studi Machiavelli (we are not a political party but a social association), it is the whole area of conservative values that must shun apathy. Whether it is the result of triumphalism or demoralization. Much remains to be done to uphold the principles of popular sovereignty and national interest, the values of tradition, the foundations of civil life such as family and patriotism. Victory is not near and surrender is not an option. Instead, the best option is that of unity, aggregation, and socialization - the great fuels of thought and action. In unity, virtue is stronger: vis unita fortior, according to a Latin saying that has been adopted as the motto of the Municipality of Lamezia Terme. (A sign of destiny?)
P.S.: This new phase of the Centro Studi Machiavelli, which will see us more committed to collecting and disseminating ideas around Italy, will require a great expenditure of resources and energy. The help of our supporters will be needed. Contact us if you want to organize a Machiavelli event in your city. And if you'd like to support us, join us or make now a donation for the Center (don't forget: if you pay taxes in Italy there is also the possibility to give us your 5×1000!). Grazie!
Founder and President of Centro Studi Machiavelli. Graduated in Historical Sciences (University of Milan) and PhD in Political Studies (Sapienza University), he is professor of "History and doctrine of jihadism" and "Geopolitics of the Middle East" at Cusano University. From 2018 to 2019 he was Special Advisor on Immigration and Terrorism to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Guglielmo Picchi. His latest book (as editor) is Topicality of sovereignism. Between pandemic and war.