For those who have been following Italian Politics, the latest news were that Berlusconi was out, confined to his palace under house arrest and unable to sit in Parliament any longer.
People had parties when that happened, the illusion of democracy and of having been able to cast aside the old for something new was too electrifying to pass without a celebration.
What people did not realize was that it was never by the will of the people that he was finally -apparently- ousted, he had been cast aside by those who were much better versed into Politics than he was, those that knew that their word should mean nothing and that Politics should be considered a game at lies and cheating, so, sadly, those left behind were not better than Berlusconi, they were just less bold and crass at making sexist jokes and playing hide and seek with Angela Merkel, but not more honest, please.
Now, onto the new phase of Italian Democracy, where the new elected leader of the democratic party, Matteo Renzi, just invested of his new role as The Bringer of Solutions decided to pair up with Berlusconi (not as a chamber representative since he is now chamber-less but as the head of the party he was left with after the internal schism within his old one) to finally deliver the new elections Law, something that the people have been demanding since the latest revision of an existing law, a law that was considered an abomination and ruled unconstitutional leaving Italy at a stand still for public suffrage.
This is how we ended up with a broad-based coalitions government which has constantly bickered and struggled to produce reforms.
Impressive show of how to glue oneself to a chair that was not designed to just be occupied by ‘asses’ but demanded an active participation -in theory- for the welfare of the people.
For changes to happen reforms will have to be taken all the way into parliament to re-open democracy to the people, we are currently excluded from any decision-making, our current elections law are making sure the people are effectively cut out from politics and the political scene even more than at the time of Mussolini. And Mussolini was a socialist and a reformer who had the welfare of the people at heart and who made most of the social reforms that we have been losing one by one under this pretentious and unjust Oligarchic Regime, where Money and Profit rule and nothing else matters. Imagine that.
Isn’t it ironic that it was Milton Friedman who said that it is a mistake to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their result? So, what can we say after a century of good intentions about Free Markets ideals and Capitalism that delivered no result? Thanks for the good intentions, can we now have programs and models that work in the real physical plane rather than fictional models that have no connection to the world we live in and the undeniable dreadful results they bore so far?
Let’s be clear about the fact that Politics should be everyone’s business and concern, it is through our direct participation that we can reform our systems and we should stop to be blinded by meaningless words such as Freedom and Democracy. If people can’t stand up and demand a different system because this one isn’t working, there is no Freedom and no Democracy and naming parties exploiting the sentimental values of these words should be forbidden and the manipulation of the people should end, because there can’t be politics without the people as politics was always and only meant to be the representation of We The People at work, to care for the interests of all and not just a bunch who have accumulated all the wealth, leaving the rest of the world with the crumbs and sometimes not even that.
If you want to see changes in this world, you must get involved, those who have the power in their hands have no interest in letting it go to those that don’t even demand it.
And if you don’t stand up, we’ll keep having zombies driving the system like Berlusconi, a dead man walking, resurrected just for a final blow to the Democracy we never had and to the voice of those that believe they have no power to change anything and have, as was originally masterminded, just given up.
Don’t give up, Stand up for change in this world, check out a Living Income Guaranteed, when everyone will have their right to Life declared a basic Human Right and fear and survival will no longer be our motivating driving forces, then and only then we’ll see what we are really capable of doing and what kind of world we can rethink when all are provided for in their basic Human needs.