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Cancel culture the new modern iconoclasm

"The bonfire of vanities" happened in Florence, 1497, after the expulsion of the Medici friar Girolamo Savonarola orders that all objects considered "sinful" are burned; mirrors, paintings, clothes and "immoral" volumes are set on fire

By Gianfranco Gatta

But the iconoclastic fury has origins that date back to the Byzantine Empire, in the eighth century, where a religious doctrine was affirmed, both in Islam and in Catholicism, contrary to an improper use of religious images. From there all the drifts brought later by Calvinism and the Puritan movement, developed with the Protestant Reformation, that is, an unscrupulous and violent opposition to conventions, ideologies and principles commonly accepted by society.

The provocation of the artist Damien Hirst that, in a gesture of Dadaist flavour, decided to burn some of his NFT works, worth ten million pounds, in the name of the "transformation of Art". Not iconoclasm but pure marketing!

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Damien Hirst (@damienhirst)

It is not known if Luigi Bersani and Walter Verini, esteemed exponents of the left, were inspired by the British artist in requesting the removal of photos of Benito Mussolini from the corridors of Mise (Bersani) and the same removal of the busts of the same Duce from the living room of the private house of Senator Ignazio La Russa, new President of the Senate. (Verini)

 
 
 
 
 
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The German poet Heinrich Heine said: "Where books burn, men will eventually burn". The burning of books is one of the most vulgar forms of iconoclastic fury, has origins since ancient China of 213 BC, passes for the "crimen maiestatis" established by the Roman Senate, crosses the aforementioned bonfire of vanity, He continues with the Holy Inquisition and its index of the forbidden books of Giordano Bruno and the burning of the Talmud, the sacred book of the Jewish religion.

 
 
 
 
 
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In modern times, flying over the current iconoclastic madness of the Taliban, in 1961 the burning of the books of the work "Storielle, racconti e racconti" by the Marquis de Sade, published by the publisher Luigi Veronelli, took place in Italy, in the courtyard of the Varese prosecutor’s office, On charges of obscenity.

 
 
 
 
 
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Here, more than the Dadaist gesture, these seem to be the primordial sources inspired by the two esteemed exponents of the left who seem to forget that Benito Mussolini is an integral part of the homeland’s history and that at least until 1936 a very large majority of Italians spontaneously adhered to fascism and This is a fact with which the country still can not cope.

Credit Image: Vivien Buaron

Hence the very high and moving speech of Senator Liliana Segre, recited on her presidential day in the Senate for the election of Ignazio La Russa. If then you add the splash of rudeness of those who allow themselves to argue about what they can collect or not in their own home, you have the complete picture of why the entire Italian left is to be refounded, starting from the entire ruling class capable only of boon demagogy.