September 2021, Year XIII, n. 9
The Dreamship Builder
Telos: The roots of shipbuilding run deep into the past. A centuries-old tradition now fuelled by orders from the cruise industry. What is the relationship between the MSC Cruises and Italian industry?
Pierfrancesco Vago: Our Group has a very close, and highly virtuous, relationship not only with the shipbuilding industry, but with the entire shipping sector in general – where we are undisputed leaders in Italy and worldwide – and with the Italian economy in general. Here are a few figures, just to get an idea. We have been operating on the Peninsula for over 50 years, where we have about 15,000 active employees in the sectors of cruise ships, ferries, cargo ships, terminals, on-board supplies, logistics and high-tech. Our direct expenditures amount to about 3.5 billion euros a year, with an economic impact on the territory of over 10 billion ...more
“The class struggle is over”. We have read and heard this phrase in TV monologues and in the columns of many political analysts. But Piero Ignazi is a political scientist and adds an oft-neglected note: “and the workers lost it.” This is something that needs to be pointed out because it reverses the meaning of its premise: the class struggle is over, but not simply because, in the transition from an industrial society to a post-industrial society, the conditions for the reproduction of the conflict between the classes have lapsed, but because Western deindustrialisation has led to the defeat of one of the two participants in it ...more