Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
It seems there is an impasse, it was front page for a news cycle then was superseded by new arrests for corruption concerning the EXPO in Lombardia.

The Italians' love for soccer and the huge $ involved are working against accountability, sadly. The game is being held hostage by the implicit threat of violence hovering in the air, which would take a massive police presence to control, stripping away any illusions that this is 'just a game', and revealing the true state of affairs, namely that the insertion of fascistic thuggery into football crowds has become a given, and people have to accept that to keep them sweet.

Which won't work, because the root cause is poverty and ignorance, this is just a symptom. Most people abhor violence in this country, but there is a very hard core of young people who feel desperate for attention, and would love to provoke a confrontation in some deluded hope it would confer martyr status on them, and because the mere fact that they had made the news is a huge ego-boost. Going unpunished will encourage them further, now they have tasted the impunity not addressing the issue has given them. Now they feel even more empowered, and the social conditions keep worsening meanwhile, spurring more to feel they have nothing to lose, and who crave some feeling of safety from joining a group that reflects their addled philosophy and hopeless rage, indeed organises it into a military model, where lack of empathy and a repressed macho will-to-relevance are psychological features, not bugs.

Italy is coming apart at the seams, and I fear for the many immigrants, especially the African ones who are so hungry they will work for E3 an hour, which then puts Italians out of work, adding the the testosterone-fueled resentment and bitterness exemplified by Genny 'la Carogna' and his many followers.

Mussolini would be proud!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu May 8th, 2014 at 07:19:50 PM EST
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