From the site the movement libertarian Leonardo Facco makes some considerations on independence, and as it has done he is angry with the League (moreover, in the past it has shown that the symbol of the League was owned by Silvio Berlusconi), but involuntarily highlights that libertarian thinking has nothing to do with Venetian independence. What it gives me the opportunity for a cultural analysis of the matter, hoping that do not pass from the cultural discussion to the insult of some of his followers.
Facco writes "An independentist is aware that" the government is not the solution, is the problem "and that - as Sheldon Richman claimed -" the entrepreneur cannot buy favors from a bureaucrat who has no favors to sell ". In short, an independentist is useless (indeed it will end up doing damage, as the latest show 4 luster of leagues) if your concern is to participate in the elections to administer a Municipality or a Region to fix manholes or to give arbitrary prebends. Also in view of the next 25 May, the other way around, we will see the usual promises, whose list I avoid because it would be too long. " He further adds, â€œAn independence movement if it really aimed to be credible, would avoid creaming highly articulated programs aimed at the elusive â € œcommon goodâ € ?? of his city or region. In his program he would have only one point: unilaterally declare the independence of the entity in which he is a candidate, with consequences (even not pleasant) attached and connected. All the rest is only Italian-style. Better the Free Municipalities of Italy. "
Now I don't want to discuss the specifics of the League, but on the foundations of libertarian thought so well represented by Facco. In fact, the "libertarians" are a cultural current , if you want a philosophy and a political ideology, which challenges the state, in general and a priori, with the idea that any government is harmful, anyway. For the libertarian, the government must stay out of any private affair, from private life, it must not give rules, it doesn't have to "be" in general.
I've always wondered where a situation leads where no one has to rule.
However, liberal culture is akin to this libertarian thought. , the one that says the state must stay out of any market regulation, it must not impose rules. Thought miserably failed in a demonstrated way precisely with this crisis of 2007-2009, where the lack of government controls on banks has shown that the end result is go-go scams and the need for the state (that is citizens) to pay huge sums to clear the bank hole to avoid market collapse. One could object that the government knew, and then it must be said that it was the "liberal" government that did not regulate as appropriate. Actually the laws were there, and maybe the government also knew, but we have to decide whether we discuss principles or practice. We therefore assume that the principle of "regulating" what is necessary is good, the practice has not been and should be improved and integrated with some further corruption law. But not having "law" is instead "bad" for the final results.
Anyway, by virtue of liberalism and the absence of libertarian controls, we found ourselves in the collapse of the banks, and to avoid the "collapse of the market" companies were shut down, bankrupt industries, laid off employees, causing and spreading misery, despair, disease and suicide. in conclusion, to save the banks in order to avoid damage to the â € œmarketâ € ?? in effect, the market itself has been destroyed and society as a whole. I say it certainly cost me to nationalize failed banks, and we would probably still have an intact market. Liberal theory does not work. Closed.
Said this, going back to libertarians, basic thinking tends to lack of government, but in practice it tends towards anarchy, the challenge of any form of organized structure that declares itself government. And in this sense I never understood what the libertarians among the Venetian independence activists were doing and what they are doing.
The Venetians who more or less decisively call for a return to the Venetian Republic, unlike libertarians, they invoke a republic that was anything but libertarian. It can even be said that in the eyes of a Venetian who knows his history the dualisms such as liberalism-socialism, freedom -state, individual-social status, they just don't make sense to look at the Venetian republic. Having said that, it must be said that many of the Venetian independence activists do not even know what they are talking about.
Speaking seriously documented of the Venetian Republic, it was certainly the first to nationalize traffic using Galleys (warships of the state also used for merchant trade), who organized shipments of many escorted ships called "muda", but it was not a "state" issue because anyone could participate in person with their own goods or through an owner in "condominium" , but it wasn't even a postal service, because the consignor took risks and costs proportionately, it was rather an investment in funds. The Republic later guaranteed these shipments also against accidental risks such as shipwrecks and piracy, inventing after the service of muda and that of condominium, also the insurance service. Rather, it disciplined the entire supply chain that was behind the naval trade activity, from wood production (with the forestry of Cansiglio and Asiago), to the shipwrights with the â € œSchoolsâ € ?? (which were not just training institutions, but real unions with mutual and pension, supervised by magistrates), to the industrial production of ships in the State Arsenal, pensions for the disabled and shipwrecked, the management of the port with career officers and / or noblemen commanded for short periods of surveillance, to market information service, to the creation of commercial coloniesâ€¦.. All of this on one hand worked perfectly in all aspects of administration, on the other hand, it left individuals as much freedom as possible, and it gave him a sense of belonging according to the job, but it required strict controls. On the other hand, Venice was among the most interventionist states to defend all this, but for the purpose not to enrich this or that multinational that also existed in law, but to pour the benefits of the whole apparatus onto the republic and citizens. So on the one hand he first imposed a monopoly on trade, salt species, but then it was the first to destroy it with the invention of the Antitrust Authority in 1300 because new levels of well-being could come from breaking a now too consolidated trade. In short, everything converged towards the fight against parasitism, monopolies, to the gangs, and the conflict of interest, and the result was not only the Veneto Renaissance, but the flowering of the arts, of culture and modernity throughout Europe.
These values â€‹â€‹are still very strong among today's Venetians. Venetians don't like disorder, I am ready to bet that rather than anarchy they prefer Fascism or Communism or FascioComunismo, but in reality they hate all these forms and would like individual freedom but also sociality for the needy (not for pests) well married as did the republic. It is no coincidence that the Venetians are still today great workers and producers, but also great volunteer activists, as well as great inventors. But they don't like waste and cliques, so much so that the mafia attacks only because there is the Italian state, not because the Venetian is of Mafia culture. Then there is always the rotten apple in everything, these are percentage differences between people and people. We can safely see that in today's Venetian people, even though it has become Italianized and is now reduced to a minority of the population residing in the Venice region, the values â€‹â€‹of the Venetian Republic are still strong. He’ the Republic is dead, not the values â€‹â€‹he had. Having said that, we can safely say that almost all those who today declare themselves representatives of the â € œRepubblica Venetaâ € ?? in many cases they do not have the knowledge or the minimum credibility requirements to be representative of the Venetian people, that, I repeat, he does not like the gangs and the cliques the shrewd, but neither do they vote for these senseless arrivals.
What does all this have to do with the libertarian idea ? I would say nothing.
In the libertarian phrase repeated by Leonardo Facco â€œgovernment is not the solution, it's the problem â€we find these Venetian values â€‹â€‹violated , the Venetians do not think that the problem is the "government" , but this form of government, the Italian one, that of the mafias, of corruption, of parties (the Venetian republic did not have parties).
In most Venetians do not feel like this system, and they started to realize recently that this system, the Italian "democratic" system, it will never be good for them, because they do not know and do not want to play this system of corruption and falsehood.
In short, I fear that Facco uses the word "independence" in the libertarian sense of the word, while the Venetians are independentists in the national sense of the term, they want a different government than they have today, they want a government much more similar to that of the Venetian Republic. Incidentally, the Venetian Republic was very careful to give space to the talents coming from the people, they also reached the highest levels of administrative power, the talents were not wasted, but at the same time the Republic helped those who could not do it, including the poor and among them, the poor nobles.
Theme, I am convinced, that libertarians have an "independentist" concept which is an individualistic concept, not ordered in a system, while the Venetians think of a principle of order of reality , and they certainly do not like the anarchy in which they already find themselves living.