Permanent Crisis

February 4, 2008

It may be very probable that the ongoing attempts of Italian Senate Speaker Franco Marini of forming a new government to change the voting system will fail in short. This means we will soon vote, probably in spring.

A famous Italian opinonist, Ilvo Diamanti, writes today on La Repubblica about Italy situation defining the country as a ā€œTransitory Republicā€, meaning that Italy has been a nation in a permanent crisis for 15 years at least. Rubbish, Corruption, Mafia, Work Insecurity: Italy is a country always struggling to stabilize socially, economically and politically.

The big risk is that the protest attitude becomes a national habit which could finally lead to the birth of a destructive criticism based-culture; in a few words what we call: qualunquismo, meaning an attitude of indifference or lack of trust in politics.

As a matter of fact, this has already became a widespread way of thinking in Italy, mostly in the last years. We are talking about a crisis of democratic participation that has affected Italy in the last years and that shows up in a dramatic social fragmentation, a diffused lack of civic sense, a mistrusting in politicians and politics and the almost total absence of young persons in political parties.

Thus, what observers fear most is the crisis to become a permanent status.



  1. This was interesting to read. My boss is based in London and recently some of his colleagues have moved on to other jobs. I joked that if he got lonely he could relocated me to the UK. He said that he would not recommend the UK (for a number of reasons) and that, in fact, Italy is about the only European country that he would recommend moving to.

    I was curious about this because I had heard a bit on the radio about the political issues in Italy recently. It is not very well covered here, so I was happy to read your posts. The last few US elections had very low turnout, but that seems to be changing this year and I hope it changes for a while, rather than only changing for an election or two and then reverting back to apathy.

  2. thanks for visiting, then šŸ™‚

  3. Italy has allways been like this, as long as I can remember. But to the outside still the most fantastic holliday country, although because of the crisis prices compared to other eu countries are higher. This is keeping many from comming.
    Still, an Italian friend of mine is convinced it can turn for the better but only in little steps at the time.

  4. I have to agree with wilgenge… above. It has always been like this – at least in my life time. It’s not pretty and it’s getting worse. The decay is rampant and it’s a true shame. I’m embarassed for my country.

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