From Hobbit Camps to Parliament benches. The “new men” of Italian right-wing, all the way from the minority of Movimento Sociale to the power of government : who were them when they started? What did they think? How did they act?
In the last thirty years, much has been written and said about the events which concerned the neo-fascist generation during the years of terrorism and after that. Different interpretations have been offered about the choices of this generation, and all kinds of assumptions have been made about the influence that those projects had on the present right-wing party scenario. Yet, the leading characters of that period have been hardly reckoned or consulted. This book aims at filling this blank, following the history of a project – political and then metapolitical – which began with irreverent underground ideas like the magazine La voce della fogna, developed through the experience of the Hobbit Camps and a political dispute within Msi, ending with a split and the birth of the new right-wing movement, “la Nuova Destra”.
Marco Tarchi is a political scientist and a professor at the Political Science department of the University of Florence. He was one of the main figures of the new right-wing movement of the seventies and eighties (“Nuova Destra”). Today he does not believe in the categories of Right and Left anymore, and he joins the debate around ideas as a free thinker. Among his works stand out Cinquant’anni di nostalgia. La destra italiana dopo il fascismo (Rizzoli 1995), Dal Msi ad An (Il Mulino 1997), L’Italia populista (Il Mulino 2003), Il fascismo. Teorie, interpretazioni, modelli (Laterza, 2003), Contro l’americanismo (Laterza, 2004).