[OPE] Middle class lament about the demise of the Italian Left

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@tiscali.nl)
Date: Thu Apr 17 2008 - 12:26:21 EDT

Something totally unexpected happened in Italy last night. It officially became American. In a country that boasted hundreds of parties (too many, for sure) and political factions, our parliament has eliminated all elements of the left from the Parliament, including parties that existed from the founding moments of our Republic, and parties that, elsewhere in Europe, govern nations as large as Spain and Great Britain. There are no more Communists in the Parliament. Socialists are gone too. The Greens have faded to black. What we have is the stew of a party that copies in slogan and in fact the US Democratic Party. "Si puņ fare" was the slogan. "Yes we can". Never catering to any kind of difficult analysis but being all smiles and handshakes, installing the idea of 'change' (but if they had governed for the past two years, what change were they asking us to believe in?) rather than in recognising that Italy is a country on the verge of collapse and if we don't fix things quick, we are going to feel it painfully.
Complete text: http://www.tlaxcala.es/pp.asp?reference=4974&lg=en

ope mailing list

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Wed Apr 30 2008 - 00:00:18 EDT