The conflict of memories. The political use of memory
in neo-fascism and the extraparliamentary left wing
During the crisis of the centre-left government, which began with the result of the general elections of 19th May 1968 and which exploded in all its drama with increasingly strong student protest and the mobilization of the workers in the troubled autumn of 1969, the far right and the extraparliamentary left wing resorted to the memory of the first postwar period as an instrument of their political programs. The far right and the extraparliamentary left wing perceived the crisis as a crisis in the system and intervened to radicalize it, as had happened in Italy at the end of the First World War. The political use of memory became, therefore, a strategic choice, an instrument which the Neo-Fascists and the far left used to exacerbate the atmosphere of tension and cause the political and social conflict to degenerate.