Lo Stato Siamo Noi

Author: Piero Calamandrei
Editor: Chiarelettere
ISBN: 886190260X
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Chiamare i deputati e i senatori 'rappresentanti del popolo' non vuol più dire oggi quello che voleva dire in altri tempi: si dovrebbero chiamare 'impiegati del loro partito'.

Protecting Future Generations Through Commons

Author: Saki Bailey
Editor: Council of Europe
ISBN: 9287178232
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The recent austerity measures currently adopted in numerous European countries assume that a rise in public debt should automatically result in cuts to social programmes and the privatisation of “inefficiently” managed resources. This type of reasoning is being used to justify the destruction of social rights of citizens for the profit of the private sector, resulting in more limited access to the most fundamental resources such as water, nature, housing, culture, knowledge and information, mainly for the most vulnerable members of society. Such a view, informed solely by short-term growth and profit cycles, is endangering access to those resources not only for current generations but for future ones as well. This book is an attempt to go beyond liberal approaches to intergenerational and distributive justice. It emphasises the role of commons and communities of the commons, driven by the desire to defend and perpetuate those fundamental resources under the threat of expropriation by the state and the market. This book also offers policy makers and citizens, who wish to accept their political responsibility by being active and refusing corporate ideology, some best practices as well as methods and solutions for renewing the configurations of societal relationships through commons, thereby integrating the interests of future generations in the European Community’s decision-making processes and institutions. This is a contribution by the Council of Europe and the International University College of Turin to the protection of the dignity of every person, especially of those who, even though unable to enjoy existing social rights, have the right to benefit from choices and policies that ensure that human life remains unspoiled

Prot Ger Les G N Rations Futures Par Les Biens Commun

Author: Saki Bailey
Editor: Council of Europe
ISBN: 9287178534
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Les mesures d’austérité, récemment adoptées par de nombreux pays européens, s’appuient sur le principe qu’une augmentation de la dette publique devrait automatiquement se traduire par la réduction des programmes sociaux et la privatisation des ressources inefficacement gérées. Ce type de raisonnement est invoqué pour justifier la destruction des droits sociaux des citoyens au profit du secteur privé, entraînant notamment pour les membres les plus vulnérables de la société un accès limité aux ressources fondamentales telles que l’eau, la nature, le logement, la culture, le savoir et l’information. Une telle conception de la prospérité, fondée exclusivement sur des cycles de croissance et de profit à court terme, menace l’accès à ces ressources pour les générations actuelles comme pour les générations futures. Cet ouvrage va au-delà des approches libérales de la justice intergénérationnelle et distributive. Il met l’accent sur les biens communs et ses communautés de gestion mues par la volonté de défendre et de produire les ressources essentielles à leur existence sous la menace de l’expropriation par l’Etat et le marché. Cette étude propose également aux décideurs et aux citoyens qui assument leurs responsabilités politiques en passant à l’action et en refusant l’idéologie de l’entreprise quelques bonnes pratiques, méthodes et solutions pour renouveler les configurations des relations sociales par la mutualisation des biens, en intégrant ainsi les intérêts des générations futures dans les institutions et processus décisionnels de la Communauté européenne. Il s’agit de la contribution du Conseil de l’Europe et du Collège universitaire international de Turin à la protection de la dignité de chacun, en particulier en faveur de ceux qui, même s’ils ne sont pas à même d’exercer leurs droits sociaux, ont le droit de bénéficier de choix et de politiques permettant de préserver la vie humaine.

The Silent Fountain

Author: Victoria Fox
Editor: MIRA
ISBN: 148802958X
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Hollywood, 1978 Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti—and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister and learns that her new husband’s past holds dark secrets… Tuscany, Present day Lucy Whittaker needs to disappear. But her new home, the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, is far from the secluded paradise it seemed. Strange sounds come from the attic. The owner of the house will never meet her in person. The fountain in the courtyard is silent—but has never run dry. Across the decades, Vivien and Lucy find themselves trapped in the idyllic Italian villa. And if they are ever to truly escape its walls, they must first unearth its secrets…

Merchants In The Temple

Author: Gianluigi Nuzzi
Editor: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1627798641
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From a bestselling author with unprecedented access to Pope Francis, an investigative look at the recent financial scandals at the highest levels of the Vatican A veritable war is waging in the Church: on one side, there is Pope Francis’s strong message for one church of the poor and all; on the other, there is the old Curia with its endless enemies, and the old and new lobbies struggling to preserve their not-so-Christian privileges. The old guard do not back down, they are ready to use all means necessary to stay in control and continue the immoral way they conduct their business. They resist reforms sought by Pope Francis and seek to delegitimize their opponents, to isolate those who want to eliminate corruption. It’s a war that will determine the future of the church. And if he loses the battle against secular interests and blackmail, Pope Francis could resign, much like his predecessor. Based on confidential information—including top secret documents from inside the Vatican, and actual transcripts of Pope Francis’s admonishments to the papal court about the lack of financial oversight and responsibility—Merchants in the Temple illustrates all the undercover work conducted by the Pope since his election and shows the reader who his real enemies are. It reveals the instruments Francis is using to reform the Vatican and rid it, once and for all, of the overwhelming corruption traditionally encrusted in the Roman Catholic Church. Merchants in the Temple is a startling book that will shock every reader. It’s a story worthy of a Dan Brown novel, with its electrifying details of the trickery and scheming against the papacy—except that it is real.

The Fortress Of Solitude

Author: Jonathan Lethem
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 9781400095346
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A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE. From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn, comes the vividly told story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. In a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. Through the knitting and unraveling of the boys' friendship, Lethem creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory. "A tour de force.... Belongs to a venerable New York literary tradition that stretches back through Go Tell It on the Mountain, A Walker in the City, and Call it Sleep." --The New York Times Magazine "One of the richest, messiest, most ambitious, most interesting novels of the year.... Lethem grabs and captures 1970s New York City, and he brings it to a story worth telling." --Time

The World Of Normal Boys

Author: K. M. Soehnlein
Editor: Kensington Books
ISBN: 9781575666617
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Living in suburban New Jersey in the 1970s is quiet for Robin until his brother is killed in an accident, causing the relationship with his family to deteriorate as he rebels against his middle-American lifestyle.

Returning To Silence

Author: Dainin Katagiri
Editor: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834841002
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For twenty-five hundred years Buddhism has taught that everyone is Buddha—already enlightened, lacking nothing. But still there is the question of how we can experience that truth in our lives. In this book, Dainin Katagiri points to the manifestation of enlightenment right here, right now, in our everyday routine. Genuineness of practice lies in "just living" our lives wholeheartedly. The Zen practice of sitting meditation (zazen) is this not a means to an end but is the activity of enlightenment itself. That is why Katagiri Roshi says, "Don't expect enlightenment—just sit down!" Based on the author's talks to his American students, Returning to Silence contains the basic teachings of the Buddha, with special emphasis on the meaning of faith and on meditation. It also offers a commentary on "The Bodhisattva's Four Methods of Guidance" from Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo, which speaks in depth about the appropriate actions of those who guide others in the practice of the Buddha Way. Throughout these pages, Katagiri Roshi energetically brings to life the message that "Buddha is your daily life."

The White War

Author: Mark Thompson
Editor: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786744383
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In May 1915, Italy declared war on the Habsburg Empire. Nearly 750,000 Italian troops were killed in savage, hopeless fighting on the stony hills north of Trieste and in the snows of the Dolomites. To maintain discipline, General Luigi Cadorna restored the Roman practice of decimation, executing random members of units that retreated or rebelled. With elegance and pathos, historian Mark Thompson relates the saga of the Italian front, the nationalist frenzy and political intrigues that preceded the conflict, and the towering personalities of the statesmen, generals, and writers drawn into the heart of the chaos. A work of epic scale, The White War does full justice to the brutal and heart-wrenching war that inspired Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms.

Below Stairs

Author: Margaret Powell
Editor: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 142995244X
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Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell's classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high. Powell first arrived at the servants' entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s. As a kitchen maid – the lowest of the low – she entered an entirely new world; one of stoves to be blacked, vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5.30am and went on until after dark. It was a far cry from her childhood on the beaches of Hove, where money and food were scarce, but warmth and laughter never were. Yet from the gentleman with a penchant for stroking the housemaids' curlers, to raucous tea-dances with errand boys, to the heartbreaking story of Agnes the pregnant under-parlormaid, fired for being seduced by her mistress's nephew, Margaret's tales of her time in service are told with wit, warmth, and a sharp eye for the prejudices of her situation. Margaret Powell's true story of a life spent in service is a fascinating "downstairs" portrait of the glittering, long-gone worlds behind the closed doors of Downton Abbey and 165 Eaton Place.