mercoledì 2 marzo 2011

Lessons of Public Ethics

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Germany's defence minister, resigned after a plagiarism scandal over his PhD thesis: this is a severe warning for the italian political world as a whole.

Under many points of view, this fact is so far away from the common style adopted by many italian politicians to become, seen from here, something ridiculous or happened in a remote galaxy. The problem is that we are ridiculous not the Germans. Italy, not Germany, is a far planet of a remote glalaxy. But in the inversion of ethical values, in Italy everything is upside down.

I'm not mentioning only the most famous italian examples of political frauds and scandals; I'm talking about a co-shared model in doing politics in Italy based on the idea, in many great and little italian politicians (at national, regional and local level), that politics is a private affaire.

We are so accustomed to this in Italy that we are no longer wondering about this continuing degeneration: rather, we wonder when "others" remember us that an ethical code still exists in politics which goes far beyond the limit of the legal dimension. We are so foolish to accept anything without reaction: just a denial is enough to forget anything. We are lacking memory in addition to dignity.

Italian society is the real guilty for this because we all are disposal to accept without indignation any kind of abuse. Indignation has been the main cause pushing the German minister to resign. Essentially on the base of a sense of shame. But "Shame" is something completely unknown in Italy.


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