Old and New Populisms
We live in brazenly vulgar times. Totally shameless. But every generation has its own plebs. Imbeciles have always existed, everywhere, amongst the old and the young alike.
(Interview with Vittorio Sermonti, in La Repubblica, daily newspaper 7/4/2013, pp. 52-3)
1. The centrality of the middle classes. Ortega y Gasset
The crisis of democracy, the inadequacy of political parties and representation, the Italian (and not only) élites incapable of answering the challenges of globalization, an increasingly more narcissistic, withdrawn and self-obsessed middle class, a Europe no longer capable of finding common economic and political solutions to tackle the dramatic effects of economic recession.
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