Worse than the virus is Italian statism

Pandemic and bad governance, more the second than the first, have caused great damage to the economy of a country, Italy, already run down by itself. The forecasts for the drop in GDP are dizzying. However, the biggest damage is not the damage but the remedy: statism. Ever since we entered a national emergency, the government has done nothing but announce the arrival of money. That joke of Totò comes to mind that to those who told him, in Misery and nobility, who now ate bread and poison replied thus: “No, Pasquale, here we only eat poison”. Here, here you eat only poison, only ads.

Only announcements that then become poison, as in the case of Mr. Pasquale Tridico, president of INPS, who gave “lazy” to those who failed to reopen their business after two months of forced closure. And the accusation of “laziness” comes from those who made idleness a life philosophy with citizenship income. But even when the money comes, what will the government do with it? It calls no less than the general states. Can you imagine a clearer admission of incapacity? Even money becomes a problem when you don’t know how to invest it. Why do we have the government of degrowth and idleness while investing to grow and work. The bare and crude truth, putting aside improvised nationalisms for propaganda purposes, is that Europe is not a problem in Italy, Italy is a problem in Europe.

Italy is a country so ideologized that its political culture flows into shamanism. Here the problem becomes a solution. The problem, as big as Mont Blanc, is the presence of the state in the market, in health, in school, in lives that not surprisingly have even been requisitioned beyond the Constitution, the real situation and security. In the face of the problem what is the solution? To leave companies, old and new, autonomy, free them from excessive and stupid bureaucracy, make sure that those who work do not have unnecessary and inconclusive nuisances, do not intrude into the legitimate and lawful interests of others and do not create dependence, hairy protections, subsidies. Instead, the world is turned upside down and the problem is presented as the solution. So the state expands its presence even further to the point of thinking of making it a partner of companies through the use of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. The “rules” and “regulations” multiply and every human action must be subjected to the screening and authorization of our lady bureaucracy.

The ideology that reigns is that everything must be “authorized” and what is not prescribed – like a medical prescription – is dangerous and harmful. In this way, the great monstrosity of Italian culture is created: the dependence of the minds of Italians on the State which becomes, at the same time, a sort of Good Father and Bad Monster who with his approval decides what is good and what is bad.