Barzini, Luigi
April 1968
Foreign Affairs;Apr1968, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p562
This article presents information on the political and economic condition in Italy. The present government coalition will defend itself on two fronts. Both radical Right and Left are theoretically sworn to destroy the present state of things and erect diametrically opposite regimes on the smoking ruins and the carnage. Such apocalyptic prospective's are not difficult to defeat, as they provoke more fear than hope in large sectors of the electorate. While almost everything else is visibly deteriorating, the economy is flourishing as never before in history, more rapidly than in countries which are evidently better governed and administered, and shows at the present moment no serious signs of slackening. The Government, as everybody knows, controls 50 percent of the economy and easily influences the rest, both legitimately and illegitimately. The boom, the endemic corruption tolerated in the handling of public money, the many lotteries and football pools spread the hope that anybody can become rich any time. People are optimistic and tend to forget their many unsolved problems.


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