Three million dollars, three months of our time

Three million dollars, three months of our time ABSTRACT: From November onwards there are five million dollars and five months to implement the radical "New Party" project. Only the miracle of tens of thousands of new members of the Radical Party worldwide, can save this project. (The Party New, n.4, September 1991) "Five million dollars, five months of our time" to implement the "New Party" project, we wrote in the third issue of this newspaper, on 28 August. On 25 October 1991, as we write the fourth issue, we have used up two-fifths of our time and our money. Only the miracle of tens of thousands of new members of the Radical Party worldwide, but primarily in the affluent Western world, right now, can save this project. As the First Secretary of the Radical Party, Sergio Stanzani, explained in his report written for the second session of the Federal Council, held from 31 October - 3 November in Zagreb, by now - at the time of writing - 40 thousand democratically elected parliamentarians in 50 countries should have received one or two issues of this newspaper, translated from Italian into 14 languages; while the third issue should soon reach them. We are making every effort to deliver the fourth issue by the end of the second week of December. A further two hundred and fifty thousand people, mostly Italian and Russian, receive the newspaper. This is only a drop in the ocean of written material, of various publications, that drowns politicians, intellectuals, and the ruling classes in general, in dozens of States, as well as activists of any colour and in any place, where freedom of the press exists, at least in theory. Television, the radio, congresses, conventions, political and parliamentary work, the increasingly dramatic situation in our time and society, the emergence of "national", "local" problems and urgent issues, make this drop, this sheet of paper, provided it actually reaches its destination, and is read, or glanced at, "virtually" insignificant. The difficulty that anything really "new" has in being accepted, recognized and understood - when the claim to be new has long been made by fools, by the conceited and by the deluded - risks being insurmountable in these conditions. We know all this. But we are certain that we express and illuminate real, profound and literally vital exigencies, urgent needs felt and frustrated in the individual consciences of many of the ruling classes of all types and in all places, who discover the tragic impotence of their "power"; and - even more so - the needs of the great masses of men and women, living in the myth and the hope of democracy, of everyone's right to life and of the life of justice and rights, of adequate rules and laws. To give life and force to these exigencies, which are, I repeat, literally vital, to attempt to organize them in order to increase the liberty of all men, and to make this full liberty a means and a method, rather than an end, the obligation and duty of all men for all men, is the proven basis on which to build the "New Party", transnational, transdivisional, libertarian, and therefore a stimulus to responsibility and duties. We have already shown how the statutory principles of the Radical Party, and their practical application, demand (and do not merely permit) everyone's absolute "independence"; or, if you prefer, the profound and guaranteed freedom of inter-dependences chosen and confirmed minute by minute, and not assumed now for the future, or "forever". And this is certainly, intellectually, practically, politically and culturally "new". Of this we are certain. "Anti-partycratic" means primarily this. Just as we are certain that if we organize ourselves exclusively or predominantly within the national context this creates many fatal problems, many more than it solves. The result is that we pass directly from the suffocating, violent plaster cast of totalitarian monolithism to the babel of the chaotic anarchical fragmentation of society, which is just as unlivable and a certain way to return to the worst aspects of the past. Nothing, today, neither the economy, nor the law, nor democracy, nor the ecosystem, nor society can be governed except through social and political, institutional and cultural bodies that are strongly and rationally transnational. We know this; but it is necessary to be consistent, and overcome the division between science and politics, conscience and power, intentions and deeds. All this cannot remain at the stage of a petition in principle; otherwise it will not exist. In the meantime, we must evaluate the first replies that have reached the "project", the "New Party", under the conditions we have already described here. Let us confine ourselves to the last thirty days, and the replies that involve - according to the statute - the expansion in number and quality of our Federal Council; and the support for the appeal to abolish the death penalty in the ex-Soviet Union, leading to the "Campaign for the Abolition of the Death Penalty Worldwide by the Year 2000", which we plan to present officially to Gorbachev and Yeltsin by the end of next February. The following have joined the Radical Party: the EC Commissioner (Minister), Ripa di Meana; the Vice President of the Croatian Government, Tomac; the Slovenian Vice Foreign Minister, Thaler; the members of the European Parliament Mattina (Italian) and Morodo (Spanish). In addition, during the last thirty days, 12 Romanian deputies, 3 Czechoslovakian deputies, 3 Italian deputies, 5 Soviet deputies and 1 Latvian deputy have also become members. Virtually all of them have said they will attend the second session of the Federal Council in Zagreb. To date 486 parliamentarians and 180 personalities from the world of culture, science and art have signed the petition against the death penalty in the Soviet Union. Nonviolent initiatives are also starting up again: over 150 students from Dubrovnik, studying in Zagreb, have joined the hunger strike begun by the President of the Federal Council, Pannella, in defence of human and political rights in the ex-Yugoslavia, and for the recognition of the Republics that have democratically declared their independence, and their inclusion in the European Institutions, their openness to responsible forms of collaboration, also institutional, with the other ex-Yugoslavian Republics. Political pressure in this direction in Italy and the EC, including in Parliaments and Governments, has had a significant influence. These facts, if they turn out to be the first sign of an immediate and far larger organized and organizational growth of the Radical Party, as the new democratic International in which individuals participate directly, and of its project, and its campaign, are definitely positive, though insufficent in themselves. Around us, and within us, chaos, confusion, violence and intolerance increase and seem to risk leaving their mark on the last years of this century. The optimism of determination must help us, but it cannot allow us to become deluded and irresponsible. It is certainly necessary to give life and strength to neo-humanistic ideals: but this will be possible only if we know how to prepare ourselves rationally, all of us, to control and overcome the crises of traditional politics in the world and in our own lives. And to be consistent. Joining the Radical Party, now, without wasting any more time - time is running out - is an unrepeatable chance to prove our consistency. A response to the invitation that this newspaper represents, and an immediate response, dear friends, is also the only way of keeping it alive. Otherwise, soon we won't be able to produce it, to reach you. That would be devastating. We would be far happier to take a common path.