27 February 2013

The rebellion of Italy

The exact legislative configuration that will emerge from the weekend's election in Italy is still murky, but the broad meaning is clear -- a massive repudiation of the Moloch of austerity to which the EU has been sacrificing its southern member states.

One-quarter of the vote went to the "Five Star Movement", a new party led by a comedian, Beppe Grillo.  Grillo not only rejects the EU's austerity policies, but calls for a referendum (a word always anathema to the Brussels oligarchy) on Italy abandoning the euro currency and reinstating the lira.  One-quarter of voters cast their ballots for this, despite the usual fear of "throwing away" one's vote on a third party.

Between the two establishment coalitions, Luigi Bersani's "leftist" coalition was the narrow winner.  I put "leftist" in quotes since Bersani supports continued submission to the EU's austerity regime, and thus has lost any valid claim to the title.  His coalition failed to get a majority in the upper house of the legislature, and it's unclear whether he can assemble a big enough alliance to form a government.

Silvio Berlusconi's conservative coalition got almost as many votes as Bersani's.  This marks the latest political rebirth for Berlusconi, a vulgar plutocrat who nevertheless sometimes has a knack for blurting out blunt truths that others would prefer to leave unsaid -- exactly what Europe needs these days.  He too has questioned whether Italy should stick with the euro, and his rejection of austerity makes him perhaps a better "leftist", at least economically and in the current context, than Bersani.

Mario Monti, the EU quisling who has ruled Italy for a little over a year, was utterly repudiated with only about 10% of the vote.

Between Grillo and Berlusconi, two-thirds of the vote went to anti-austerity candidates.  The future of the euro currency (which is the real cause of Italy's economic problems) and of the undemocratic and unworkable EU itself are once again in question.  "The markets", whose flighty and transient verdicts on elections are always reported with such sober reverence by the media, are jittery as they always get when the masses defy the elites.  All these things are hopeful signs.

As in centuries past, Italy has for years now been under siege by barbarians from the north.  But this time, Rome just may manage to hurl back the marauders from its gates.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans, who hate everything European, want o go the austerity route that Europe is taking. Just what we need riots in the USA. We are taxed at half the rate our parents taxed themselves at, yet, the only option to our fiscal difficulties, is to eliminate worthwhile programs? When people who subsist on government programs, lose those programs, we will see why earlier generations supported and paid higher taxes for those programs. National security.

27 February, 2013 12:20  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Era una bella cosa!

Ma, io tento di capire politiche italiane.

Io non riesco sempre.


28 February, 2013 13:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Anon: Exactly, and this is the point I often make here. Austerity has been a disaster everywhere. The stimulus we had earlier in Obama's administration, too small though it was, is probably the only reason our economy is recovering, however slowly. The Republicans' prescription would lock us in the same death spiral as the EU austeritards have inflicted on the countries under their dominion.

SK: Io tento di capire il tuo commento:-) I'm far from expert on Italian politics myself, but there are commonalities among many European countries these days -- at least in terms of the problems the EU is causing them.

28 February, 2013 19:01  

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