Edition: 2013
Pages: 90
Series: IdL
ISBN: 9788842093374

“We can no longer afford the Welfare State”. FALSE

Luciano Canfora


Capitan Swing (Spagna)



Right or left, down with ideologies, hurray for banks: are these the choices that must be made to stay in Europe?
“Because Europe says so!” is one of the most oft-repeated phrases of these times of crisis and calls for sacrifices: we hear it repeated ad nauseam and we have internalized it to the point of not even questioning it anymore. But is it a true proposition? Or are we merely victims of a trope which is deeply rooted and slow to perish?
In this deftly-written pamphlet argued in brief paragraphs, Luciano Canfora illustrates how this phrase conceals a paradox of contemporary life: the transfer of decision-making power from the member states of a continent conceived as a political entity, when in reality it is no such thing.

The author

Luciano Canfora

Luciano Canfora, historian of the ancient world and Italian philologist, is one of Italy’s foremost living intellectuals. Professor emeritus of Greek and Latin philology at the University of Bari, he is a member of the “Institute for the classical tradition” in Boston, of the “Fondazione Istituto Gramsci” in Rome, and directs the journal Quaderni di storia. His numerous studies, translated worldwide, are characterised by a multidisciplinary approach and a broad field of research.

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