The portfolio of war and that of the pensions




This caricature by political cartoonist Giuseppe Scalarini (1873-1948) has a pacifist and anti-militarist aim. It is from the newspaper L’Avantil and shows a well-fed man with a fat wallet smiling while an elderly woman weeps as she looks at her own small purse. It highlights the greedy interests of financiers and industrialists who profited from the war.

L’Avantil was the newspaper of the Italian Socialist Party from 1896. In 1993, as a consequence of the dissolution of the Italian Socialist Party, its publication ceased. The newspaper denounced the absurd human cost, both moral and material, of war, and strongly disapproved of militarism.


Illustrazione di Giuseppe Scalarini, disegnatore politico e satirico dalle pagine de L'Avanti. Vignetta d'impronta pacifista ed antimilitarista, mette in risalto gli avidi interessi di finanzieri e industriali che traevano profitto dalla guerra.

L’Avanti è stato a partire dal 1896 il quotidiano del Partito Socialista Italiano. In seguito allo scioglimento del partito ha cessato le pubblicazioni (1993). Il giornale denunciava gli assurdi costi umani, morali e materiali della guerra, con una dura condanna del militarismo

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