by Emanuele Mastrangelo

Sold out and people left standing at the conference "If This is Man," organized by Cinabro Edizioni, Pro-Vita & Famiglia and the magazine "Fuoco" in the prestigious setting of Palazzo della Cancelleria in the center of Rome. Attracting the audience, undoubtedly the names of the parterre that animated the two working sessions: Maria Rachele Ruiu, Simone Pillon, Francesco Borgonovo, Enrica Perucchietti, Francesco Giubilei and Marcello Foa, moderated by Paolo Inselvini.

In the organizers' intentions, to launch a debate on the drifts of transhumanism; starting with current events (and in particular the depressing show of the Sanremo Festival), the guests reasoned about a critical view of the present and outlined proposals for reaction and organization for the future.

A future where there is no prospect of a blazing victory. No Gandalf with Rohan's army springing up at dawn to save Helm's Deep: the clash with the future designed by the Schwabs and the Hararis and carried on by their willing collaborators will be long and hard. Those who have faith, like many of the conference participants, have on their side the power of an otherworldly reward, however the battle in the century goes. Those who do not possess this Grace, on the other hand, still hold the line pertinaciously, with the only reward of having done the right thing and fought tooth and nail.

And it is precisely this unprecedented synthesis between traditional Catholic entrenchment and the small forts of those who do not share the Christian faith that is the main reason for the interest aroused by this conference. It is a process that has been going on for quite some time, but one that the drifts of recent years is helping to bring out more forcefully. In other words, the reason for sharing certain values is changing, but a common ethical substratum is being realized between those who do so out of faith and those who do so out of ideological conviction.

And thus the rejection of an antagonistic conception of the relationship between man and woman (Ruiu) and the awareness of having to wage a long, hard and perhaps winless battle at least in this lifetime, in the religious or simply personal sense of the expression (Pillon and Borgonovo), the need to create networks of solidarity among intellectuals who share this struggle (Perucchietti), the increasing awareness of the mechanisms of social control by the establishment (Foa) combined with the desire to create an alternative cultural counter-hegemony to that of the liberal Left (Giubilei) were some of the highlights of the conference.

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The meeting raised many points of interest. Above all, a need was highlighted: we must organize resistance to the new transhumanist world of which the Ferragnis, social censorship, and the "ecological transition" are the epiphenomena. Who will set up a mutual aid society to assure intellectuals in this area of economic and legal support in their battle? Who will build the cultural counter-hegemony?

At the conclusion, the conference adjourned for next year. In the meantime, it is to be hoped that the alarms raised by intellectuals will find fertile ground for action.

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Editor of the Machiavelli Study Center's blog "Belfablog," Emanuele Mastrangelo has been editor-in-chief of "Storia in Rete" since 2006. A military-historical cartographer, he is the author of several books (with Enrico Petrucci, Iconoclastia. La pazzia contagiosa della cancel culture che sta distruggendo la nostra storia e Wikipedia. L'enciclopedia libera e l'egemonia dell'informazione).