By Pier Paolo Pasolini
Essays talk about Italian politics, tolerance, abortion, the Italian executive, disobedience, medicinal drugs, schooling, and tv.
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The collapse of the present implies the collapse of the past. Life is a heap of insignificant and ironical ruins. (b) While all this was going on my critics, whether pained or contemptuous, had idiotic 'duties' which they continued to impose, as I was saying; they were 'duties' connected with the struggle for progress, improvement, liberalization, tolerance, collectivism, etc. They did not notice that degradation took place precisely through a falsification of their values. And now they look as if they were satisfied.
Note that the most intransigent characteristic of the 'first true great revolution of the Right' consists in its destructive powerits first demand is to clear away any 'moral' universe that stops it from expanding. Let us look at the example of crime in Italy. This is not an analysis of something marginal. It is not a matter of a world apart, 55 to be left to the news pages. Italian crime is an impressive phenomenon and a primary one in the context of the new conditions of life in Italy. Not only are the true criminals a 'mass' but what is more important, the mass of Italian youth tout court (with the exception of small elites and, in general, the young people who have joined the PCI) is now made up of people with criminal tendencies; in other words, of those hundreds of thousands of young people who suffer from the loss of values of one culture and have not yet found within themselves the values of a 'new culture' (as we conceive of it) or else accept with ostentation and violence, on the one hand the values of the 'culture of consumption' (which we reject) and, on the other, the values of a progressive spirit which is purely verbal.
The nights are safe and quiet, marvellously Mediterranean; the kidnappings, the robberies, the capital executions, the millions of frauds and thefts are a matter for the news columns, etc. Everyone has adapted to this situation either by not wishing to notice anything or by an inert process which takes the drama out of the situation. But I have to admit that even if one had noticed or dramatized the situation that by no means saves one from adaptation or acceptance. So I am adapting to degradation and accepting rhe unacceptable.