The vote: our voice

January 22nd, 2013 by masci3margot3s

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By Margot Masci (1994) LSPAssisi/Italy

Photo by Margherita Tiriduzzi (1994) LSP Assisi/Italy

Everything started on  January 1st 1945: universal suffrage was granted by the Italian government after the second world war, meaning in that  year the right to vote was  extended to women, who until then were  still excluded from the political life of the country.
This fundamental turning point must be seen as a  powerful change: Italy was no longer a totalitarian State but a democratic Republic.
Everything was now possible thanks to  the Italian citizens who, by means of elections,  had decided their own kind of government  and   had chosen to fight for their own ideas in a democratic  way.

That vote was the first and  also the most important one, because it started a new era for our country and influenced all the following  political decisions.

Nowadays we feel as if  the vote is losing its value more and more:  the Italian and the international political situation and the economic crisis are all factors that have affected our spirit.   In some moments we feel distant  and alienated from the political world, which is a reaction to the current problems but  is certainly sterile.

Not being  involved in the decisions that our government takes, not being interested in the political dynamics is like being silent.
Only through our voices can we try to be an active part of our State, being a unique citizen.

It is our right to believe in a better world and politics can help us to bring this about; we must have ideals and live for them.

To vote is a right but also a duty because WE ARE our STATE so we must decide what is best  for it. We must be curious and informed in order to increase the welfare of our country.

For this reason now that I am 18 years old and I have got my voting card I feel a strong sense of responsibility because going to vote represents a chance to change my destiny.

Risorgimento: an Italian turning point?

February 28th, 2012 by masci3margot3s

 

By Margot Masci (1994), Margherita Tiriduzzi (1994), Sara Brunozzi (1994), LSP  Assisi/Italy.

17th March 1861: Italy is united under the crown of Vittorio Emanuele II.

Once Italy was made, it was also necessary to form its people, the Italians.

The national consciousness in the political sphere during “Risorgimento” was shaped in the period that goes from around 1815 to 1871, when after the political unification, Rome became capital.

In that period the words of Massimo D’Azeglio were very famous. He said: “Abbiamo fatto l’Italia ora dobbiamo fare gli italiani” (We have made Italy but now  we must make the Italians). This patriot and politician was right in fact the Italians had to be united not only from the political and geographical point of view but also in their spirit and culture.

But it hasn’t happened so far.

On one hand the South, needed a model of development based on the integration of industry and agriculture but this part of Italy was not helped to build a new model of development.

On the other hand the North,  liberal and developed,  looked with a sense of rivalry and even a little envy at the French and English middle classes and dreamed of exporting the Industrial Revolution to Italy.

In conclusion we can say that even if nowadays there are still some regional differences, the Italians feel united when they go abroad, for their art of making do, their sense of family and we hope also for their art of joking! …. What do you think about it?

Please have a look at the power point presentation that follows:

Risorgimento

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October 6th, 2011 by masci3margot3s

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