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January 29, 2008

Here I am after one week in bed with flu while everything in my country seems to be crashing down: Prodi government finally fell Thursday and the shaming images of Senator Barbato trying to spit and verbal insulting his colleague Cusumano really gave the world the impression of what Italy is today: a country facing a deep and dramatic crisis and no one able to solve it. Bruce Sterling wrote: What collapses faster than an Italian Government? That’s actually how it is: in Italy govs are always so instable and this is so hard to be understood by those who don’t know Italy history.

If I should explain this I would start by saying that my country is still in a difficult period after 2 important historical crisis: the collapse of the Soviet Union which also started the road to the conclusion of the experience of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) which was the most important in Europe (after that the Left hasn’t yet succeeded in finding a new political identity); and Mani Pulite (Clean Hands) a nationwide judicial investigation into political corruption started in the early 90s and that finally led to the demise of the so-called First Republic.

After those events a new and more stable system hasn’t formed yet and Italy is still struggling with the same and even got worse problems. Berlusconism sure hasn’t helped; in fact, it has fed political hatred spreading the concept that adversaries are to be treated as enemies. Beside this, cultural messages diffused by his media have increased feelings of antipolitic and vulgarity everywhere, making Italy a deeply divided country. Mr. Berlusconi is the only winner, of course, yet today. For instance, go check whether its patrimony has increased or not since he “entered the field” and see.

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4 comments

  1. …in Italy govs are always so instable and this is so hard to be understood by those who don’t know Italy history.

    WHAT CAN WE DO?


  2. a history of Facism, Communism, Maffia and Italian left wing being as left as our centre right is how I allways understood it. Still do the ‘people’ of Italy have any influence? Or is it a long way going little steps at the time.


  3. I was listening to a report about the Italian situation and though I listened intently as I am sure others did, I could not help but think of how little we over here in the States know about Italy’s parliament or any other governments for that matter.

    If this ends the first republic — what was it that Garibaldi cobbled together?


  4. I did not know these things about Italy. I have a very different visual of that gorgeous country in my head.

    I haven’t been back since I was 10 and I often think of how romantic and wonderful it would be go back.



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