April 20, 2009

2009 NYC Battle of Bitonto Commemoration

Sun. May 31, 2009 (12 p.m. — 4 p.m. weather permitting)
Bill Brown Memorial Playground Bocce Court, Bedford Ave. & Avenue Y, Bklyn.On May 25, 1734 the Spanish forces of Carlos de Bourbon defeated the Austrian Hapsburgs on the field of battle near Bitonto, Puglia. The victory is significant to us because it represents a key moment in the founding of our independent southern nation. After centuries of foreign dominance the Bourbons restored the sovereignty of the ancient Regno delle Due Sicilie.

In solidarity with our brothers and sisters back home, Il Regno will be organizing the first ever Battle of Bitonto celebration in NYC.

The intimate gathering will be an opportunity for members of the diaspora community (and friends) to shoot-the-breeze, play bocce and enjoy some sunshine. A raffle will be held to help raise money for the victims of the earthquake in L'Aquila, Abruzzo. Il Regno remains dedicated to the preservation of our culture and our heritage.

April 17, 2009

Recommended Counter-Revolutionary Reading List

Recommended Counter-Revolutionary Reading List will be periodically updated so please remember to check back.

Philippe Bénéton:
• Critics of the Enlightenment

Louis de Bonald:
• The True and Only Wealth of Nations
• On Divorce

Edmund Burke:
• Reflections on the Revolution in France

Donoso Cortes:
• Readings in Political Theory
• Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism

Nicolás Gómez-Dávila:
• Scholia to an Implicit Text

Erik Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn:
• Menace of the Herd or Procrustes at Large
• Liberty or Equality: The Challenge of Our Times
• Leftism Revisited: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Pol Pot

Desmond Seward: 

• The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders
Italy's Knights of St. George

Thomas Steven Molnar:
• The Counter-Revolution
• Utopia, the Perennial Heresy
• The Decline of the Intellectual
• Authority and Its Enemies
• Politics and the State
• God and the Knowledge of Reality

Plinio Correa de Oliveira
• Egalitarianism: The Metaphysical Value and Religion of Our Days
• Revolution and Counter-Revolution
• Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites: A Theme Illuminating American Social History

April 11, 2009

Why We Are Neo-Bourbons

HM King Carlo di Borbone
On the cold afternoon of December 27, 1894, in the town of Arco, province of Trento, Francesco II of Bourbon, the last king of the Two Sicilies, died. The Bourbon dynasty no longer governed Southern Italy after a reign of 126 years. One hundred years after the death of King Francesco, nobody remembers the Bourbons anymore except as a negative symbol of the past. Never has history been so maliciously falsified as it has been with this king and with this dynasty. 126 years of prestige and of glory, of art and culture, of theatres and factories, of laws and achievements, of public works and archeological excavations, of order, of security, of riches, and of generosity have all been cancelled from our collective memory.
The Piedmontese, with the self-interested complicity of the English and the French, invaded the peaceful Kingdom of the Two Sicilies which extended from Latium to Sicily over all of Southern Italy. Francesco II, at 24 years age, found himself fighting an unexpected and undesired war against his "Italian brothers." Notwithstanding the betrayal and corruption of many in high places, the Neapolitan army fought valiantly alongside its king and its heroic queen, Maria Sofia, who was barely nineteen. It surrendered after 93 days of siege in the fortress of Gaeta, at dawn on February 14, 1861. Thousands of heroic citizens of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies died on the battlefield. In the same way, thousands of men, women, and children were shot in the campaign against Southern Italy — they were called "bandits" or "brigands", but they were, in fact, the last soldiers and defenders of a history, a tradition, and a culture that would die with them forever.
HM King Ferdinando I
But how were they before this fatal unification of Italy? Certainly everything was not perfect, but it is worth noting that Naples was the capital of a kingdom born seven centuries earlier. Together with London, Paris and Vienna, Naples was an essential point of reference with regards to both political and cultural affairs in Italy and in Europe. Then, suddenly, it became a unimportant province of a faraway and enemy kingdom. It is a fact that Southern Italian reserves held twice the amount of gold and silver than all the other Italian states combined.
It is a fact that Piedmont carried away 80 million ducats cash from our banks (more than $ 1,000,000,000). It is a fact that we had more than 5000 factories (among the great nations in the world). It is a fact that the streets of our beautiful cities were full of tourists that came from every part of the world. It is a fact that the Piedmontese made us pay more than twice the level of taxes we paid before unification. Only after unification, due to widespread hunger, more than five million emigrants left their families and homes and would never again see their native land. In the streets of our cities, we no longer saw tourists. Our factories, sooner or later, were closed and still today we buy, eat, drink, wear, and use only produtcs that come from Nothern Italy. One cannot say today that Southern Italians live well; the average income of a Nothern Italian is twice that of a Southerner; the ten poorest cities in Italy are all in the South. With unemployment, poor services, government crisis, and the collapse of a flawed system, a rosy future for our children is highly unlikely. Still, from the elementary school texts to those used by college students, we hear a tale much different than the truth. In 140 years, they have made us ashamed of being Southerners. They have said that our dialects were "vulgar," that our traditions were uncivilized, that being a "Southerner" or a "Bourbon" meant to be backward, nostalgic, ignorant, or uncivil. We have begun, as Tacitus wrote two thousand years ago, to "admire their way of life, of dress or of speech, forgetting our own and thinking that their's was civilization when it was only a ploy to dominate us."
HM King Francesco I
Until 1860, the citizens of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies were respected and esteemed in all the world beacuse they were citizens of an ancient and prestigious kingdom — the kingdom of the Normans, the Swabians, the Anjous, and the Aragons. We were respected and esteemed because we were subjects of a king that belonged to the Bourbon dynasty — an ancient dynasty but one capable of governing with wisdom and love. Upon all of this is the unbearable weight of the destruction of our historical consciousness, of our culture, of our traditions, and of our identity — the pain of the destruction of our white flags with gold fleurs-de-lis, our national anthem, and of all the symbols that were respected by the ancient and glorious Neapolitan nation. The Bourbons showed all the pride and dignity of being Southerners until the very end, when, on the earthworks of Gaeta, they behaved as heroes and fought night and day beneath the violent and incessant bombardment of the Piedmontese invaders. They wanted to defend, right until the end, 126 years of glorious and splendid history — 126 years of Bourbon civilization.
Francesco II left Naples amidst tears and embraces to avoid a massacre of his people — a people he knew so well, whose language was his own. Many people got rich with the unification of Italy, but not the Bourbons. Francesco II —little Francesco or "Franceschiello" as he was affectionately called — left his kingdom without taking with him one dime of his own money. The Italian government never gave back that which belonged to his family, and even today has never done so. Francesco II never returned to Naples. He died at age 58 in a hotel room in Arco di Trento comforted only by his great faith in God and by a profoundly Christian sense of acceptance, but without ever forgetting, even in the last days of his life, the country of his father and of his grandfather — his own native land. Only since 1984 does he lie next to his wife and his tiny daughter Maria Cristina in the Bourbon chapel of the Church of Santa Chiara and few are those who remember him — he who was a symbol of a "risorgimento" that could have been different; a symbol guilty only of having been on our side, among the defeated.
HM King Ferdinando II
Why then be a Bourbon today? Because the time has finally come to understand who we were and who we can be. The time has come to begin to uncover our lost roots and to give to our children the roots they never knew — to give to them at least, a sense of pride in being Southern Italian. To be a Bourbon means to have understood history. To be a Neo-Bourbon means to have understood history with the desire and drive to construct a new history on the base of the old for all the people of Southern Italy. Certainly the Bourbon period was not the "Golden Age" and one cannot say we would have entered into a "Golden Age" if the Bourbons had continued to reign, but no one can deny that, during that cold winter of 144 years ago, the people of Southern Italy ceased to be a People. 144 years ago, Southern Italy ceased to be a nation. The historical memory and consciousness, whether it be Greek or Latin, Norman or Swabian, Anjou or Aragonese, began to be extinguished on the battlements of Gaeta.
Some may call us "nostalgic", but how can one not be when one walks through the streets of our run-down and degraded cities or passes before our ancient buildings, churches, and monuments, now lost or forgotten? Yes, we are nostalgic and proud of being such, only that our looking back serves a purpose. Now, more than ever, it is necessary to understand what are the real causes of our current problems in Southern Italy and how we can find the road toward a better future. The system and the ideology that have governed our politics and our culture for more than a century have demonstrated that they are based on a deliberate lie. Southern politicians and intellectuals over the last century, closed off in isolation from the world around them, soiled the memory of the House of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, but also demonstrated their incapability of representing or loving their own South.
HM King Francesco II
Honesty, dignity, loyalty, courage, religious faith, wisdom, respect for history, love of art, affection for the land and the people of the Two Sicilies — these were the fundamental characteristics of all the Bourbon kings of Naples. Fortified by these examples and by these symbols, by new ideas and new values, we can and must liberate ourselves from the systems and ideologies that are already collapsing into ruins and are responsible for having destroyed the past and the present of an entire people and of putting their future in jeopardy.
Let us reconstruct our historical memory — reconstruct our pride in being Southern Italian — and walk together on the long road towards the salvation of our ancient nation and of our ancient dignity.
"Why We Are Neo-Bourbons" was reprinted from Movimento Neoborbonico – Associazione Culturale Neoborbonica: L'Orgoglio di essere meridionali. (www.neoborbonici.it/portal)

National Anthem of the Regno delle Due Sicilie

Ritornati dal passato
(Neapolitan lyrics)

Dio ti salvi, cara patria
che ti distendi in questo antico mare d'eroi,
millenaria culla del pensiero
che nacque in Grecia
e in questa terra rifiorí.
Cancellata dalla Storia,
le tue bandiere vengono rialzate da noi.
Sulle sacre torri di Gaeta
scriviamo ancora la parola: Dignità.
Soldato del Volturno
che cadesti qui,
nessuno per cent'anni
il none tuo scolpí.
Dai figli che visti non hai
l'onore tu riavrai.
Ritornati dal passato,
chi in noi crederà stavolta vincerà.
Va avanti, tamburino,
suona come allor:
assente la fortuna
non mancò il valor.
Il Fato che un dí ci tradí
adesso ci riuní.
Ritornati dal passato,
chi in noi crederà
stavolta vincerà.

Musica di Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816)
Testo di Riccardo Pazzaglia

Back from the past
(English translation)

Let God save you, dear homeland
that stretches out in this ancient sea of heroes,
cradle of thought
that, born in Greece,
in this land flourished anew.
Erased from history,
we are once again flying your flags.
On the sacred towers of Gaeta
we write again the word: Dignity.
Soldier of the Volturno,
you that fell here,
no one for a hundred years
has engraved your name.
The children you never knew
will return honour to you.
Back from the past,
those who believe in us this time will win.
Go ahead, drummer,
beat like you once did:
without luck
but not without courage.
Fate that betrayed us
now reunites us.
Back from the past
those who believe in us
this time will win.

Music by Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816)
Lyrics by Riccardo Pazzaglia

"Ritornati dal passato" was reprinted from Movimento Neoborbonico - Associazione Culturale Neoborbonica: L'Orgoglio di essere meridionali. (www.neoborbonici.it/portal)

April 6, 2009

Please Help the Earthquake Victims in Abruzzo

CONTACT: Joe Carella
Joseph J. Carella Associates Inc.
Public Relations—212-262-8800 ext 303


NEW YORK, April 6—The Italian American Museum announced today that it will begin accepting monetary donations to assist the victims of the earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Checks should be made out to “IAM EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND 2009.” Checks can be dropped off or mailed to the Museum, located at 155 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013. The Museum is on the corner of Mulberry and Grand Sts. in Little Italy. Donations can also be made by credit card by calling the Museum at 212-965-9000. Museum president Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa is requesting monetary donations only. Prospective donors are advised not to bring food, clothing or other items at this time, as there is no mechanism in place for delivery.