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To change, Italy needs a left that doesn’t imitate the Democrats

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08.12.2019

Commentary. The situation in Italy is paradoxical: the forces which play the role of a bulwark against the aforementioned right are the same ones responsible for the climate from which the latter has drawn, and continues to draw, its sustenance.

written by Paolo Favilli

Topic Italy

December 8, 2019

The left is in serious trouble across Western Europe, but Italy is the only country that has to do without one altogether. The term “the left,” now used generally without any specific content, has come to represent taking a certain stand. If there is a “right”—and there is, a dangerous one with fascist traits—then the forces opposed to it must be, according to the logic of symmetry, a “left” by default.

The situation in Italy is paradoxical: the forces which play the role of a bulwark against the aforementioned right are the same ones responsible for the climate from which the latter has drawn, and continues to draw, its sustenance. The new government certainly represents a bulwark, at least for now. However, there are no signs—or, rather, there is not even the possibility—of a reversal of the economic and social policies that have created the most suitable soil for the flourishing growth of our right.

The country continues to be caught in the trap of a cancerous growth that the left-by-default has helped along........

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