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Jakarta Post

Understanding populism in Italy — and the world

  • Pietro Paganini

Rome   /   Wed, June 20 2018   /  02:39 am

Italy is still a long way off from being an authentic liberal democracy. Just a few days ago a new government was installed that openly defines itself as populist. The two political parties that make up the Yellow-Green coalition maintain they have really understood the people’s problems, which is something the traditional political forces have not been capable of doing. The new government also ought to have the solutions to the ills afflicting not just Italy but more generally, the world. They are ideological and emotive solutions that delude voters. The advance of Italian-style populism, just like that of Europe, is not attributable to the failure of liberalism and liberal democracies. The responsibility must instead be sought among those in charge of power, who — in different ways, but almost always out of carefully calculated self-interest — have misunderstood the founding...