The political and social position in Italy is developing at a fast pace. After several years of social truce under
the centre-left coalition government, a sharp conflict is developing. Although we are still at the beginning of the
process, we can say that its consequences will be far-ranging, and that the struggle that is now opening will affect
all layers in the society and will provoke an earthquake in the Italian workers' movement, in the unions and in the
left in general.
Violent conflict is on the increase all over the world, both in terms of wars between nations and violent clashes between the classes. While war is waged in the Middle East we also see a growing tendency to use more brutal measures against the workers in struggle, with many being killed around the world. What should the position of Marxists be on this question? This has been the subject of debate within the PRC in Italy with Bertinotti taking the position that no form of violence is justifiable.