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Page Ten tHE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, October 3 1, 1913

Page Ten

tHE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, October 31, 19 3

ITALIAN MARXISTS

Party issues sex guidelines

ROME () - The Italian Marx-
ist - Leninist party, a radical
group left of the Communists, has
issued strict sex derictives that
are causing frustration among
cell members.
A party official acknowledged
that only 30 per cent of the revo-
lutionary party members have
been able to live up to the offic-
ial sex guidelines.
"ONE REASON they fail," said
Angelo Arvati, 30-year-old edi-
tor of the party publication, "is
because of political differences
between husbands and wives.

In a manual presented by Sec-
retary - General Aldo Brandirali,
the party made sexual harmony
one of its chief dictums.
"Only in that way," Brandirali
said; "can one be serene the day "
after and begin a new day of
struggle for the ultimate victory
- edification of socialism."
BESIDES ,SEXUAL. harmony,
the party program had warned
against sexual intercourse more
than once a day, claiming:
"All that about virility and
making love more than once in
one night is a bourgeois myth

and reflects the theory that wo-
men are sex objects."
Brandirali, 32 and married,
links sex and politics because
"sex without class consciousness
cannot give satisfaction even if
it is repeated until infinity."
THE PARTY has no represen-
tation in the Italian Senate or
Chamber of Deputies. However,
it participates in elections. Its
members are believed to num-
ber a few thousand but there is
no exact count..
The party's weekly publication
is said to sell about 40,000 copies.
Editor Arvati wrote: "For a
Marxist - Leninist sex must be
talked about in public and con-
ducted along political lines."
THE FIRST commandment of
the party calls for marriage
among comrades. Divorce, is ac-
cepted so long as couples con-
Ifgg

Driving restrictions
I mposed in Holland

fess their difficulties to the par-
ty and a decision is reached col-
lectively by comrades.
w On feminism, Arvati says, "If's
a serpent beginning to creep into
our organization. Gripped by
false myths, many women were
not working at home and were
ignoring their children."
The party's sex program drew
criticism, even from some left-
ist organizations.
"BRANDIRALI'S p r a g r a m
is a new morality invented only
to reassure the leaders of his par-
ty and to allow them to keep its
members on the leash," said an-
other extreme left organization,
Lotta Continua.
"Despicable," declared II Man-
ifesto, the newspaper of another
extreme left group.
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ter) - Holland yesterday banned
Sunday pleasure driving because
of the cut-off of oil supplies an-
nounced by Arab countries who
have accused. the Dutch govern-
ment of taking a pro-Israel stance
in the recent war.
Ruud Lubbers, minister of eco-
nomic affairs, said gasoline ra-
tioning was not at present con-
templated and would be consid-
ered only if the oil supply situa-
tion showed further serious de-
terioration.
But he said stand-by legisla-
tion would be put through Par-
liament within two weeks so that
the government could introduce
rationing and other restrictions
on use of oil products where and
when necessary.
The minister announced at a
press conference that a speed
limit of 60 mph would be intro-
duced on highways and motorists
were being asked to drive slower
on main roads.
The government was asking the
Dutch public to drive less and
cycle more, make more use of
public transport, to share cars

to and from work, and reduce
consumption of home-heating oil.
Dutch industry's voluntary coop-
eration to save fuel was also be-1
ing bought, the minister said,
and it was necessary to econo-
mize on gas and electricity.

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