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Created by John Eipper on 08/12/19 7:41 AM

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A 1990 Visit to Tripoli: Gaddafi's Green Book (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 08/12/19 7:41 am)

When commenting on my post of 11 August, our esteemed moderator asked if I observed a Gaddafi cult of personality during my visit to Tripoli.

I did not notice any cult of personality when I was there in the summer of 1990.

Not only that, I went around Tripoli trying to purchase the famous Green Book in three volumes (The Solution of the Problem of Democracy, The Solution of the Problem of Economics: Socialism, Social Base of the "Third Universal Theory") in whatever language I could understand (Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese). But I had no luck; it was available only in Arabic.  This reminded me of 1971, when I went around Tenerife unsuccessfully trying to buy a recording of "Cara al Sol." I finally received one from Radio Nacional.

The local representative of my company promised to find the books and send them to me.

Some time later I received two books, one in Italian and the other in Spanish, of the same book "Comments and review of the Green Book, volume 1." Anyway in Italy the whole book can now be found in online.

Nowhere in the books received from Libya was the name of the author indicated. No cult of personality.

The book is supporting a new kind of socialism with some Mussolinian influence starting with the use of the word "producer." There was even some influence of the old Greek city-state democracies. It is worth reading to find some very surprising points of view--all modern, lay and social. One interesting point of view has to do with men and women. They are equal but different as the woman is beauty and should not do the physical work that only strong men can do, etc. The language of the book is extremely simple.

JE comments:  With the marvels of the Internet, you can now read the Green Book from the comfort of your sofa.  I perused the chapter on women, and it's a case study of no-nonsense thinking:  "Women are females and men are males."  Moreover, women menstruate.  Click here for more insight:


Did any other WAISer visit Libya during the Gaddafi era?

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