NOT THAT LONG AGO, I WROTE THAT Italy's right-wing, billionaire Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi was losing his marbles under the pressure of upcoming corruption trials, a looming (and, likely, very costly) divorce and his fall in popularity. Well, I'm happy to report that his troubles have now broken out into open protests on the streets of Italy. According to organizers there were a million people there. Police said 90,000 but then cops are liars, so who listens to them?
This is a good sign, not only because the B man deserves to be shown the door. Even more important, the left has been in disarray since the last election that Berlusconi's coalition of regular right-wing slimers and open fascists won. In part his victory was a result of the main far left party, Rifondazione Communista, prioritizing electoral maneuvers with the center left, which discredited them, over popular mobilizations. Hopefully this will give a boost to the demoralized and depressed on the left. Nothing like making a right-winger go bananas to improve your sense of perspective.