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There's a good Italian wiki link about Davide Lazzaretti -

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lazzaretti

Fascinating story - a 19th century religious visionary along the lines of Gioacchino da Fiore, with a mystical utopian-socialist agenda complete with red banner bearing the words "The Republic is the Kingdom of Heaven" and a liking for the Paris Comune.  Not surprisingly, he got excommunicated by the Pope then shot down by the Carabinieri.

"Ignoring moralities is always undesirable, but doing so systematically is really worrisome." Mohammed Khatami

by eternalcityblues (parvati_roma aaaat libero.it) on Sun Dec 3rd, 2006 at 08:19:37 PM EST
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