Italy: when “antipolitics” becomes politics

Italy: when “antipolitics” becomes politics

Rome : Italy | Apr 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM PDT
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According to the Press, given the opinion polls, Beppe Grillo’s movement, the M5s (Five Star Movement), is likely to become the third party of the Bel Paese. And looking at the old politics, that has been around for years, and the gap dividing the two big parties from the minor ones and given also the latest political scandals, the M5s is likely to make the big step. And meanwhile the old nomenclature is trembling, more and more people like this idea. Well, M5s is far from being the panacea of all evils, and this is very clear for all those who really know what Italian politics is, but that its influence has to be identified as merely negative and dispersive populism, that is far from being a well-founded truth, especially if things will continue to go better and better for the movement. Above all, the present situation requires that young branches of the old political parties, before falling apart, get the real point from the M5s: its commitment for renewal and its investiture from below. If the old parties fail to understand popular discontent, this could turn against them, being the signature of their own death sentence.

Many complain about the fact that the inspirational guru of the M5s is a comic actor, but this is irrelevant. As a matter of fact, if we want to laugh out of bitterness, we only need to take a look beyond these last months so that we can see how Italian politics was completely dominated by strange guys that could be merely designed as court jesters or clowns. And be sure on it: history upon these people will have no mercy! Moreover, their definitive disappearing from the political scene will mark the collapse of their creatures: their political parties. Just to name something: Northern League and Pdl (Berlusconi’s party).

Coming back to Beppe Grillo’s movement, certainly there are things that remain unanswered: i.e. welfare state, state of right, struggle against Mafia, international politics and whatever of complex and truly strategic there is in the politics of a State.

However, having a political party like this in opposition to an hypothetical renewed government in a future “third Republic” wouldn’t be a negative thing, on the contrary, it could be the beginning of a true change. The strong point of the movement is based on things truly revolutionary; many of them are truly shareable.

In the first place, for the movement there is the idea that common good – truly – has to be the conditio sine qua non to be a politician; that’s why leftist parties hate it.

In second, politics mustn’t be a career; that’s why, when M5s’ members speak about this option, Italian politicians are literally terrified.

In third place stand the financial policies oriented towards savings, with the State that keeps on watching over all its own accounts, and the finance being delegated to the pure role of service for all the common citizens, without being in league with “the Europe of banks”; more than this, the European Union, in order to be accepted, should become “the Europe of the peoples”; for all this, to people like Monti, Passera, Draghi and other “friends of financial matters” such a movement is most likely to be something detestable.

At last, the true revolutionary thing is the environmental policy which provides zero waste policies - i.e. total recycling - sustainable mobility, renewable and clean energy, natural resources - like water - always to be public and so on; it’s clear then that all these last matters scare the political dynastic lobbying caste like hell, because this policy excludes them from the base of their power.

Openly speaking, in my humble opinion, agreed that the pillars which I have concisely listed above have to be the foundations of whatever new Republic, the main problems remain those mentioned before above; with these problems only true experts and well prepared persons – politicians or not - can deal, because of their historical and political background, but these personalities must necessarily come from the ranks of young political activists, very acquainted with historical-political matters, with the old politicians stepping down from all active political activism, relegated to the role of advisors or mere “prompters” if, in case, someone would summon them for this task.

Therefore, the so-called phenomenon of antipolitics could reveal itself as the true renewal current for the entire Italian politics tout court, only if it will give the possibility to its youth organizations to take the helm of the same parties in order to establish a new way of doing politics together truly turned towards the common good.

The ideas of M5s might actually be good for the Country only if combined with the know-how of the existing political class, but truly and entirely renewed by young generations.

As a matter of fact, if the M5s might succeed in attracting the 30% of those who don’t vote, then the political success will be assured, anyway it might not be the same thing for the administrative need of the nation; so, there would be the serious risk that an unskilled new political class does more damage than the previous one did before. At the same time, the “old foxes” of Italian politics must step down, once for all, for the good of the nation, they must do it!

Original article in Italian

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Rome; Montecitorio Palace and Beppe Grillo
In the small picture above Beppe Grillo. In the other one he is addressing his supporters. The background picture shows Montecitorio, the seat of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
giuseppecaglioti is based in Naples, Campania, Italy, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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