giovedì 8 gennaio 2009

Political (dis)illusions

I want to dedicate this post to some reflections related to some recent news on political corruption in Italy (this is a real emergency). In brief I'm not scandalized for these (real or presumed) charges involving some politicians from opposition parties but rather for the dramatic features of the context within which these facts and charges have been made and, above all, for the real meaning of a political participation in Italy in these conditions and within this context.

What I would like to emphasize is that italian politics, through its public institutions and its various political organizations (left and right wings), seem to be extremely vulnerable when dealing with the so called (legal/illegal) "strong powers". Italian parties are acting as business committee but today they are extremely sensitive to any kind of speculation. So the problem is not only of judiciary nature: this is a judges' task. I'm also convinced that this is not a simply ethic issue. Indeed everyday we are attending to a giant fraud continuosly perpetrated against italian society as a whole.

Looking for a powerful support from economic elites (at national and local level), the creation of an opaque system of power, the selection of personalities on the base of their ballots potential are features characterizing all italian parties: the problem is that these attitudes are considered essential tools of political marketing. Corruption thus becomes a governing tool essential and necessary to grant political success. Italian politics seem incapable to renounce to this; there is no space for alternative political approaches.

These parties show a complete unwillingness to let civil society and its components to deal with and manage the problem of the reconstruction of a decent political class. In Italy there is a political class effectively hampering the real people participation and transforming citizens in "politics users or consumers". These parties are totally closed operating only on inner cooptation mechanisms and acting as private properties. Political parties as expressions of civil society in Italy simply do not exist. Even those organizations declaring the opposite, are closed to the political non-professionals and the expressions of civil society are marginalized or excluded. Innovative visions and the capabilities to interpret trasformations and changes within the society are totally absent because considered useless.

Within this scenario, a new political generation and political programmes, essential steps to support a decent society based on the idea of common good, are never a priority.

From this derives my question: "What I'm doing here?"

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