Only good politics can cure Italy’s senile dementia

Only good politics can cure Italy’s senile dementia
Only good politics can cure Italy’s senile dementia

No, definitely, Italy is not a country for young people. A survey conducted by Demos in recent weeks tells of a country where two thirds of Italians believe that “in the near future, young people will have a worse social position than that of their parents”. And in which more than half of Italians are convinced that for young people the only career hope is “going abroad”. To emigrate.

No, definitely, Italy is not a country for young people. And it is not a young country. Ilvo Diamanti tells us today in Repubblica: “The average age is around 46 years old. Those over 65 have reached 14% and are destined to grow. The population appears to be declining almost everywhere. For a decade now. And there is no reason to believe that the trend will change direction “.

So far “the thing”, the sad photograph of a nation closed in on itself, afraid, slowed down by a psychological arthrosis that immobilizes it culturally and economically. A “thing” that Italians know very well. Oh yes, because, it must be said, Italy has not been a country for young people for too many years to pretend to be amazed.

We all know the disease, a senile dementia with very clear symptoms: a country without memory and without hope, apathetic, passive, inactive, complaining, without initiative, without courage. A blocked country. A country whose future no longer has citizenship. But the cure?

The cure has shown Alessandro Barbano perfectly on these pages: “Do you remember the formula of good debt and bad debt? It divided the reforms and investments, for which it was legitimate and right to accumulate deficits, from subsidies and bonuses, which resulted in the generational theft of fathers to the detriment of their children ”. Here, Barbano explains, that sacrosanct formula unfortunately seems to be getting weaker even though there are those in the government who have explained it best: Mario Draghi.

The disease, it is evident, is so strong that one man alone in command is not enough to defeat it. What is needed – again according to Barbano – is a “hegemonic politics” that involves a season of reforms, that involves the cultural rejuvenation of Italy.

“If the king is sick, the earth is sick”: so it was said centuries ago. But if you think about it, the metaphor is still valid: if politics is sick, society is sick. And this is why in order to cure Italy we need a healthy policy, a policy capable of making decisions, capable of not chasing the present but building the future, a policy capable of saying no. The pitiful doctor makes the wound infected, never a truer phrase.

And to heal Italy from an egoistic immobility that destroys the future, a strong policy is needed, a thaumaturgical policy capable of showing the way without having it pointed out. A policy capable of giving itself and giving a long-term strategy, capable of making investments. In beauty, infrastructure, research, school. A policy that is finally able to choose merit and quality. Ultimately capable of leaving a legacy to our children.

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