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Eros Alesi, the most popular guy in the 
Mondo Beat Movement, the truest poet of the Sixties
Eros Alesi Pasticca

Eros Alesi, his mother, his friends.

The fifth issue of Mondo Beat magazine marked the end of Onda Verde's collaboration with Mondo Beat, as none of the guys from Onda Verde submitted articles for publication. There was no controversy, but being students in their last year of high school, busy preparing for final exams, they had not had time to participate in the events of the birth of the Contestation and had remained extraneous to the course of the Movement. As a result, the Onda Verde Group, which consisted of few people, would dissolve and become extinct, while Mondo Beat magazine would have missed the contribution of brilliant collaborators as Antonio Pilati and Marco Maria Sigiani.

Regarding this fifth issue of the magazine, it must be said that the day of its publication marked a fateful date, due to the article published on the cover, with which Mondo Beat attacked the Corriere della Sera. It's no exaggeration to say it, as this article was the first tremor of an earthquake which would ultimately leave the Establishment media devastated.
Since in the Sixties there was a merciless intellectual confrontation between generations, the old Italian intelligentsia, which was provincial, would end in disaster, due to its inability in coping with the new intelligentsia, which was cosmopolitan. Thus, let's go back a few steps in history to explain what kind of people constituted the Italian intelligentsia up to the times of Mondo Beat and the Contestation.
At the end of the Second World War, the Sicilian mafiosi who had taken refuge in the United States were welcomed back to Sicily, where otherwise the Mafia had been eradicated by Fascism, and this return took place due to the acquiescence of the Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) who wanted to hinder progress in Sicily.
Subsequently the Church, first in Sicily, then throughout southern Italy, would select politicians, magistrates, police commissioners and other officials to put at its service, with the ultimate goal of hindering progress in southern Italy. Furthermore, a substantial part of these officials would have been transferred to northern Italy, to slow progress in that part of the country as well.
Why so much opposition to progress by the Vatican?
Because the Vatican will one day die of progress and the Vatican is aware of it. Therefore, the Vatican tries to push this day as far into the future as possible. If you understand this, you will understand true Vatican politics in the modern era, anytime, anywhere.
Why were so many officials, whom the Vatican needed for its policies in northern Italy, moved there from the south? Could not the Vatican have selected all the officials needed in northern Italy by sorting them from the same area?
No, it couldn't, because in northern Italy it was almost impossible to find a young lawyer who would join the police as commissioner, while in southern Italy, due to precarious economic conditions (for which the Vatican is largely responsible), hundreds of young lawyers would have accepted such a job. Furthermore, and this is of great importance to consider, a young lawyer from northern Italy, who would have served as police commissioner, would not easily have done a dirty job at the request of the Vatican, whereas a good part of the police commissioners, transferred to the north from the south, yes, they would have done it. This, because northern Italy was inhabited by more developed people than those of the south and not only economically, but also in terms of conscience, the two conditions being corresponding. Finally, it would not have been necessary for the Vatican to continually order officials transferred from the south to the north to slow progress, given that they would have done so themselves, since individuals who grew up in underdeveloped areas need time to fully integrate, when relocated to developed areas, and therefore progress will in some way be hindered by them, certainly not accelerated.
I say all this without any racist motivation, as I am Sicilian.
And to conclude on Vatican policy, the current one (2021) is perfectly in line with what I have explained so far. The Vatican sabotages progress in developing countries with Catholic population (as it has ruthlessly done in Venezuela and Zimbabwe) while on the other hand promotes the exodus of underdeveloped individuals to developed countries, currently the exodus of primitive Africans to Europe, especially to Italy, where the Vatican has its Holy See.
But, if it is obvious that by doing so the Vatican will hamper progress, on the other hand, when unpredictable epochal changes occur, the Vatican will not be prepared to face them, because it will not have an intelligentsia at its service, but a hodgepodge of people of little value. And in this inability to face the new the Vatican would have found itself during the clash with the Contestation. And in fact, a substantial part of the journalists who made up the editorial staff of Corriere della Sera, Corriere d'informazione and La Notte, the 3 newspapers which had the task of facing the Contestation, were individuals from underdeveloped areas of southern Italy. Of course, they were able to write in flowery Italian, but their intellectual dimension was of the provincials of southern Italy, their existential dimension was that of individuals who were not sexually satisfied. These characters could not be serene when facing the scenarios of a sexual revolution which Mondo Beat opened and therefore their behavior would have been that of sexually frustrated individuals. Under the pretext of promoting morality, they would have engaged in a furious campaign against Mondo Beat, day by day without any strategy, without realizing that they ended up in the grotesque, while many of their readers would have noticed it.
There were also journalists from northern Italy in the editorial staff of these 3 newspapers, but almost all of them were dad's children, who had obtained the job without merit. Usually, they tried to catch butterflies, and they would have continued to do so in the middle of a devastating earthquake.


Now, going to the point, that is, the explanation of why Melchiorre Gerbino frontally attacked the Corriere della Sera, we must bear in mind that this newspaper had incessantly waged a devious campaign against the Mondo Beat Movement.
Below is a collage of titles and photos which over time were published by the Corriere della Sera in order to give a negative image of the Mondo Beat Movement. It must be said there was systematic misinformation in all the titles and corresponding articles.

The reason why Melchiorre Gerbino attacked the Corriere della Sera
Headlines and photos of articles of a devious campaign waged by the Corriere della Sera against the Mondo Beat Movement.

Prior to the appeasement with the Milan Police Headquarters, Mondo Beat did not have the strength to face the Corriere della Sera, as all its energy was devoted to the survival of the Movement, which was constantly under attack. But now that it no longer had to face the police and was able to raise the bar, Mondo Beat would attack Corriere della Sera with a Contestation-style campaign. Below, the first move of this campaign

Mondo Beat's frontal attack on Corriere della Sera
Mondo Beat N. 3, front page

Translation into English.
(Headline) Corriere della Sera and Beats.
(Text) "Maoist communists and longhairs allied in a new din in the city center."
If respecting the facts the Corriere della Sera wrote "Beats walking silently through the streets of the city center to witness a new awareness", then the Beats should have been so alarmed of this, to wonder if they were already so reactionary and corrupt that it was time for them to cut their hair and sprinkle their heads with ashes. But this is a danger they are not currently exposed to. Indeed, until Corriere della Sera will throw mud at them, the Beats will remain clean people. Corriere della Sera is one of the most chilling tools of disinformation, civic miseducation and distortion of truth which some elites use to maintain power and structures of the amoral society in which we live. In fact, our society, and the others too, are based on ideals who are so anachronistic that not all people realize that these ideals are nothing else than partisan interests because people are constantly brainwashed. But young people understand well this situation and they are becoming more and more misfit, dissatisfied, disarticulated. They are no longer burning with holy fervor, on the contrary, they are apathetic and disgusted at the idea of having a weapon for going to shoot to other young people, as they have realized that the sacred boundaries to defend are nothing else than the borders of someone's desk. Today, young people are distracted, neglectful, lazy, because they feel that school is preparing them for dehumanizing work. Today, young people are straying from the faith of the fathers because they feel that holy exhortations too often mingle with bank accounts. Today, young people do not have a great feeling for the family since too often the family is the core of institutionalized pettiness. Corriere della Sera is not aware of all this? Well, it has to learn about. It does not need to pay intellectuals who descend from its literary page to the Stone Age to investigate the causes of certain abnormal phenomena. Nor it needs to pay special envoys to explain the causes of these phenomena by observing the evaporation of cow dung in India or the flight of butterflies in the dry season in Brazil.

Mondo Beat N. 3 (Issue 5) - April 30, 1967 - Edition: 8,000 copies.

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Comments on articles.

Note. Melchiorre Gerbino has structured the layout of this issue with photo clichés kindly offered to Mondo Beat by L'Unità. Those clichés had already been published by L'Unità and were no longer needed by that newspaper.

page 1 -
Such an attack was like a bolt from the blue for the journalists in the Corriere della Sera, which were revered as the most authoritative journalists of the Italian press. Because of this attack they got furious and we will see what their reactions.

page 2 -
" Si dice: i giovani di oggi sono gli accademici conservatori di domani" (It is said that today's young people will be tomorrow's conservative academics) by Paolo Viganò.
A stupid controversy by a certain Paolo Viganò, who did not understand what was happening with the Contestation and ridiculed an imaginary old man instead of attracting him among the young.

page 3 -
"LA GUERRA LA GUERRA E SEMPRE LA GUERRA" (War war and always the war). Blah blah of Renzo Freschi, who couldn't help himself from the anxiety of being published and wrote stereotypes.

page 4 -
Writings of three external contributors to Mondo Beat magazine.

page 5 -
One more external contributor to Mondo Beat magazine.
This character was called Giuseppe Franzosi. Arriving for the first time at Mondo Beat, he positioned himself near the entrance to the Cave, sometimes on one side, sometimes on the other, but not too close to obstruct traffic, and for a week he talked about everything, with others or alone. The second week he continued like this on the ground floor of the Cave. The third week, for preventing him from going downstairs and entering the cellar, Melchiorre Gerbino welcomed him among the external contributors of the Mondo Beat magazine and so Giuseppe Franzosi was assured that some of his writings would be published, but on the strict condition that he didn't frequent the Cave.
To put it in a Christian way, Melchiorre Gerbino carried the cross of the external contributors to Mondo Beat magazine. If not for other reasons, he should be admired for the patience of a saint he proved.

page 6 -
And here, another external contributor to Mondo Beat magazine (the one whose mother killed the wolfdog).

page 7 -
"Cordusio", by Ombra (Giorgio Cavalli). The description of the days when the Beats used to meet in the underpasses of Cordusio metro station. That was the time preceding the opening of the Cave.
As it has been mentioned, Giorgio Cavalli Ombra was one of the early Beats and one of the most famous in the Movement.
Many years after the Mondo Beat time, Melchiorre Gerbino met Giorgio Cavalli again in Milan. On that occasion, Ombra said something very gratifying for Gerbino, given the responsibility he had had in leading the Movement. They were talking to people who did not know much about the story of Mondo Beat, so, to make them understand, at one point Gerbino said: "Mondo Beat wanted to be an anarchist movement". And Ombra said "There has never been anything more anarchist than Mondo Beat".
Here we can see Ombra when he came to deliver his article "Cordusio".

page 8 - and page 9
"FUORI" (OUT), by René Vento.
René was one of the first Italian homosexual activists (I want to recall that the term "gay" was not yet in use at the time of Mondo Beat). He was in his thirties and lived together with a boy who had ran away from home, whose surname was Vento, a surname which René adopted for himself. In this article, René Vento described the feelings of a boy who ran away from home and arrived at the Cave.

page 10 -
Poems, two of which by Tella (Tella Ferrari).

page 11 -
Sandro Mayer on Beats and art.

page 12 -
Copy of the complaint filed by Mondo Beat against the Milan Police Headquarters, prepared by the lawyers Alessandro Garlatti and Carlo Invernizzi.
At this point, let's say a few words about the real relationship between the police and the Beats.
All young people in the Movement were aware that the confrontation was not between them and the police, but between them and the Establishment. This understanding was necessary especially for the youths from the Base of Mondo Beat, who had to be not only brave but also intelligent to carry out exemplary actions, which were intended to inspire all Italian youth. This understanding would have avoided a state of permanent confrontation between the Beats and the police officers. The confrontation between Beats and police couldn't be avoided during Mondo Beat public manifestations which were not authorized by the Police Headquarters, but in these circumstances the policemen would have been of special corps and with them the Beats wouldn't have had any more contact after the demonstrations, while otherwise the Beats would have had contacts with the common cops daily and peacefully. Sure, there would have been also situations of violent behavior on the part of some ordinary cops towards some Beats, but very seldom, and almost always because some young cops couldn't hold back their jealousy, as the Beats had a lot of love affairs and they not.

History of Mondo Beat - Chapter 12