The easiest thing to say about the Italian election is that they’re all nuts. Any country that would give Silvio Berlusconi another dose of influence in its national affairs has forfeited the right to be taken seriously.
That’s what a lot of columnists are saying. Rome “witnessed this week the end of Italian democracy, at least as understood as the mature deliberation of a free people choosing responsible leaders,” wrote Full Comment’s own Fr. Raymond J. de Souza. The Star’s Thomas Walkom says it’s proof “the old solutions don’t work. Those old solutions … emphasize fiscal frugality (cuts to social welfare), flexible labour markets (low wages) and structural adjustment (throwing people out of work).” Given a choice, voters will choose anything else: “they will vote for anyone who promises another way. If the only ones promising another way are racists, sybarites and clowns, that’s who people will vote for.”
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