For the second-year evaluation of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, we must distinguish between the government’s communications and its actions.
In building the image of the statesman, Renzi makes imitations of his opponents and swipes against “enlightened aristocrats.” He wrongly cites Borges and replaces that merciful precept, “Clothe the naked,” with an order to cover the naked sculptures of the Capitoline Museums.
But Renzi is not just a variant of Italian comedy. He is the story of a bourgeois Tuscan conquering Rome thanks to the backing of the most influential powers of media and finance. The Renzi coalition is situated in an era geographically protected to easily climb and privatize the party.
Once in office, Renzi placed friends there with unscrupulous nominations and thanked supporters with a shower of measures that allowed companies to discontinue operations and sell them to foreign firms. With structural reforms, he has gratified the palate of a bourgeoisie that historically avoided conflict.