The press office of the Partito Comunista Italiano has  published an excerpt of the letter that Comrade Domenico Losurdo has sent to the Central Committee of the PCI, to which he belongs.

To the comrades of the Central Committee of the Italian Communist Party

Dear comrades, having made the choice to engage politically above all on the front of the theoretical struggle, with articles, essays, books and with active participation in national and international conferences, so far I have not been able to take part in the meetings of the Central Committee. I sincerely and deeply apologize to you, but I hope at the same time that you will understand the reasons for my choice, which seems to me appropriate and perhaps obligatory in the conditions of life and work in which I find myself operating.

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Today, however, it is another day: I was determined to attend a session of the CC which is rather delicate and extremely important. Unfortunately, […] a whirlwind tour of travels that […] brought me to Brazil, Spain, Germany, not to mention the many Italian cities and to keep silent about the trips I have sent back but now I am waiting for the passage ( China, Canada, France, etc.) [..] force me to give up.

But, at least on this occasion, I would like to tell you my point of view [..]. It seems to me that our Party, thwarted by the low blows that could hit it to death even before its reconstitution, is beginning to take shape. With its political initiatives and its positions it begins to be characterized as an unavoidable political reality for those who care about the cause of democracy, respect for and application of the Constitution born of the Resistance, the cause of peace and the fight against dangers of war of imperialism, of colonialism and neocolonialism, the cause of communism, that is the cause of the “real movement that abolishes the present state of things”.

It seemed to me and it seems that the decisions recently taken by the Party in electoral matters also go in this direction. Therefore, the controversy that has developed in this regard has caused me perplexity and confusion. It goes without saying that in our ranks dissent is legitimate, but when this dissent is expressed in harsh and de-legitimized forms of democratic centralism, a question is imposed: are we in the presence of a new attempt to drown the Party? I have said that this controversy makes me bitter, but I must immediately add that it does not surprise me.

Let’s take a quick look at the national and international framework: it is not only in Italy, it is in the world that the Communist movement is starting to take shape again, driven by the great successes of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party. On the other hand, however, an attempt is being made to separate the international communist movement and to drag part of it to anti-Chinese and ultimately liquidationist positions. It is an attempt whose dangers can not be underestimated, especially as the fatal legacy of 1968 and its acrimonious polemics against democratic centralism and the “Party-form” continue to weigh. This applies above all to our country, which for years has witnessed Fausto Bertinotti wisely and instrumentally combining the agitation of the anarchist principle (“freely communist”) to a more and more clearly Bonapartist practice of direction.

To conclude and summarize: 1) I reaffirm my solidarity with the Secretary General and other Party leaders and condemn any attempt to de-legitimize democratic centralism and the results of our last Congress; 2) I reiterate my readiness to further clarify my orientation which, moreover, seems clear to me; 3) I wish all the comrades to find again the serenity of spirit and to work profitably to strengthen the unity of the Party in anticipation of the struggle we are called to conduct during the next elections.


Losurdo is an eminent Italian marxist philosopher and historian. He is known for his powerful critique of bourgeois ideology, especially of liberalism.

His recent books (In Italian)  include (Titles in translation)

Stalin. History and critique of a black legend, Rome, Carocci, 2008. ISBN 9788843042937.
Paradigms and normative facts. Between ethics, law and politics, (with others), Perugia, Morlacchi, 2008. ISBN 9788860742247.
Non-violence. A story out of the myth, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2010. ISBN 9788842092469.
The left is absent. Crisis, entertainment society, war, Carocci, 2014. ISBN 9788843073542

In English they includeHegel and the Freedom of Moderns, Heidegger and the Ideology of War, and Liberalism.

2 thoughts on “Losurdo and the PCI today

  1. I read this because I have read some of Losurdo’s work. Could you provide more context about why the letter was written? It suggests that he is under attack for some reason. But without more context it is difficult to understand the significance and meaning of the letter.


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