From the Gentleman to the Parasite, through the Informer and the Thief (English translation)


(Original Italian publication, 31.10.2012: L’Indipendenza, Movimento Libertario – Catallaxy Institute)

The concept of the gentleman, a term originally used exclusively in reference to men but which describes qualities any human being may possess, man or woman, was admirably described by Samuel Smiles in 1859: “The true gentleman has a keen sense of honour, scrupulously avoiding mean actions. His standard of probity in word and action is high. He does not shuffle or prevaricate, dodge or skulk; but is honest, upright and straightforward. His law is rectitude – action in right lines. When he says YES, it is a law … Above all, the gentleman is truthful[1]

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Civilisation has Had its Day (English translation)


(Original Italian publication, 20.4.2013: L’IndipendenzaMovimento Libertario – Catallaxy Institute)

“Banking secrecy has had its day,” declared Pierre Moscovici, the French minister for the economy, in support of the attempt by the governments of ten (for now) European countries to put in place, “possibly within the year,” as the La Stampa newspaper reported, “a multilateral platform for the automatic exchange of bank account information which will make it possible to effectively curb tax evasion.” The history of principles that have ‘had their day’ is a long one and it invariably marches to the beat of the States’ ever-increasing need for cash.

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Prof. Pascal Salin on the economic and financial crisis (full video interview)

Interview by GIOVANNI BIRINDELLI, 4 July 2012

(Original publication: Movimento Libertario)

Full video interview in English