Guido Giacomo Preparata

Guido Giacomo Preparata
Pontificia Università Gregoriana | UNIGRE · Department of Social Sciences

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This project came into being by assembling a team of pacifist scholars and activists to take stock, collegially, of the current state of social and human affairs. The point of departure was for each, in his field, to assess the situation and describe the extent to which the Social Doctrine of Church—and that is to say, to certain extent, the Holy S...
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For the past three decades, exponents issued from so-defined under-represented clusters—mostly women and variously defined individuals “of color”—have visibly risen to positions of leadership and responsibility in all institutions of the USA. This development has been hailed as a most salubrious improvement in the overall makeup of civic America, a...
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The excerpt identifies and summarizes intelligibly an important, if not the most important, drive of America’s contemporary political economy. The passage is from a 1969 report, titled “Basic Options in International Monetary Affairs,” which was issued by an interdepartmental committee chaired by the then Under-Secretary of the Treasury, Paul Volck...
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It is time to take a stand. In order to move forward as a viable, meaningful, and compassionate entity, the Catholic Church must decide to commit to social justice, uncompromisingly. Once this decision is effectively made, all the positive changes that are expected from the shift will follow. One of the defining attitudes that will have to change a...
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Is it possible to create a system of production and exchange in which the exigencies of entrepreneurship, of the body social, and of a self-contained community are mutually and virtuously satisfied?
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This book offers scholars who ground their research in compassion and pacifism a new framework for the socio-political analysis of current global events. By tackling a broad range of critical themes in various disciplines, the essays compose a critical narrative of the ways in which power and violence shape society, culture, and belief. In addition...
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Strain and Defiance are criminological theories that lay ambivalent emphasis on the notion of “rebellion,” which is to say that they both regard mutinous behavior as being motivated by positive or negative ends alike. Individuals rebel, say, by stealing in order to achieve higher status (economic strain); or they may violently antagonize authority...
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Ero fanatico, ubriaco fradicio di politica. The story of former neo-Fascist terrorist Pierluigi Concutelli has attracted attention on account of his recently published memoirs, although his was already the sort of household name that could not be uttered without evoking feelings of horror. In Italy's terrorist nebula of the 1970s, he is a secondary...
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This essay tackles the relationship between morality and crime by way of the debate surrounding Travis Hirschi’s double contribution to so-called “control theory,” first as “social bonding theory,” and subsequently as a “general theory” of crime. The assessment conducted herein construes the first version of “control” as an expression of patriotism...
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At first one thought that political correctness (PC) was but an absurd, and hopefully ephemeral, travesty: a collection of kitsch euphemisms patched together in order to cover, in the manner of fig leaves, the obscenities of contemporary America: her barbarism and racism. We know the story: Mrs. and Miss turned into Ms., gal became lady, colored pe...
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In the past century, the American Left has undergone three phases: a Socialist beginning (1900–1950s), the interval of the New Left (1960s), and the postmodern end-of-the-century (1980s-present). On the old continent, the trajectory has been similar, even though Europe’s Socialist apparatus held out much longer (until 1990). Overall, the need for a...
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One of the main theses of this book is that the Bataillean-Foucauldian discourse may be interpreted as a transliteration of religious feeling—religious feeling of a special kind. As known, religion, from the Latin religare (to unite),2 is the professed practice of communing with “the supernatural Other,” the nonhuman element that is perceived to be...
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For the past decade, and especially since the beginning of the presidency of George Bush Jr. (January 2001), there has been a great deal of talk about the phenomenon of “neoconservatism.” Its critics have portrayed this sub-current of the Republican Party as some sort of revolutionary, unscrupulous populism. They suggested that the U.S. administrat...
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Gnosticism was a beginning in the discursive direction.
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The use of the adjective “postmodern” punctuated the launch of a vogue. It was not attributed to Foucault himself—who, fearing to lose ground, mocked the cliché at once—but to a massive nouvelle vague of second-rate imitators of his, pundits like Lyotard, or Baudrillard.2 The United States welcomed them all. Postmodernism was a French import, which...
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Michel Foucault was not a mere imitator; he clearly developed the Bataillean project—which is fundamentally a discursive blueprint for chthonic religious awakening—in a practical, applied direction. So practical that his re-elaboration of these infernal themes came in the late sixties to be co-opted into the official rhetoric of France’s Liberal re...
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There are two levels to what has been here referred to as “postmodernism.” On the one hand, there is its “commercial” facet, so to speak, and its “artistic,” valuable prototype, on the other. And the two are somewhat different things. The postmodernism conventionally spoken of is the commercial production, which has made inroads into America’s publ...
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Georges Bataille was, without question, a religious type. That is, one of those individuals who yearn for the metaphysical Other, convinced that something unspeakable stirs beyond, or rather, from within, the tangible realm. A religious type with a stupendous knack for metaphorical construction, Bataille converted to Catholicism early on in his lif...
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The book ascribes the late state of paralysis affecting dissent in America to the adoption of a peculiar gospel of divisiveness, which was promoted in the Eighties by importing from France the "theories" of philosopher Michel Foucault.
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Austrian mystic Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) devoted significant portions of speculative activity to social and economic questions; during the fateful interwar period, he delivered remarkable lectures on the nature of economics and the physiology of the social order. He fashioned analyses consonant with the intuitions of monetary reformer Silvio Gese...
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Purpose – Thorstein Veblen, though recognized as a “classic” author, has been since his death in 1929 virtually ignored by the public (academic and otherwise). In light of the fact that he may possibly have been the most important social scientist of the modern era, such neglect is a shame that needs to be erased. This article, a conceptual paper,...
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The Nazi economic recovery, achieved between 1933 and 1938, displayed striking features of brilliant economic overhauling of a capitalist machine that had been plagued by a prolonged crisis. The means employed to effect the recovery appear to follow a Malthusian exercise in the rehabilitation of the function of effective demand: the Nazis, prompted...
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During the first decades of the 20th century, German Reformer Silvio Gesell (1862-1930) championed with a certain success the reforming wave of the epoch by complementing ingenious solutions to some of the most important economic issues of his time with theoretical insights that were as radical as they were penetrating. The purpose of this paper is...
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Keynes' allegedly revolutionary theory of money was in truth inspired, if not borrowed, from the early intuitions of a German social reformer by the name of Silvio Gesell, a forgotten figure traditionally classed amongst the anarchist dissenters of the early XXth century. This paper explores this connection and thereby attempts to re-establish some...
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The economic recovery under Hitler stands as a remarkable feat of financial swiftness. Consummated in less than four years, the Nazi resurgance could vault by the end of 1938 the erasure of nearly eight million unemployed, the total absense of inflationary pangs, and the most ravaging army one could then conceive. The monetary contrivances behind s...
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There are two sides to the lending of money: the ‘micro’ and the ‘macro’. The microeconomic side comprises various routines performed by bankers in assessing the profitability of an investment. The macroeconomic side reflects the impact of such institutional banking routines on the rest of the economy. This chapter examines the repercussions of a f...
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The passionate debate, among policy makers and theorists, over the appropriateness of protecting infant industries in developing countries was one of greatest interest in the economic literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. On one side of the argument are the British advocates of free trade, concocting subtle arguments to neutralize...

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