In search of common good

In the last thirty years we’ve been used to linking politics with politicians and with that awful mess (quoting Carlo Emilio Gadda), made of personal interests, bad words, hypocrisy, incompetence, wasting, partying, blue cars, green shirts, black slogans and blue flags that have turned politics into something far from the people and from the world. Nevertheless behind that mess there’s still a beauty that doesn’t concern them but all of us. The common good. Common good is something every citizen should tend toward, because common good is the foundation of democracy and Republic which is, indeed, the res publica. True, nowadays democracy is in crisis. It’s said by the Economist, it’s translated by Internazionale and it’s said even by those who should promote and defend democracy, but they don’t. Democracy is in crisis because we not only forgot what it means to live in a democracy but, above all, we forgot what it means to live in a non-democracy. Today we allow ourselves to not care about democracy because we take it for granted. We are born in democracy and we think it’s normal. But it is not. For centuries, democracy has been a dream, and we still believe in this dream. Even if it’s hard to believe. In Italy we are forced to hope that democracy does not exist. Because that’s the only possible explanation to the political paradox we are living. Democracy is the power of the people (demos cratia), but if, as we are all forced to hope (in the name of common good), Matteo Renzi’s presidency will last for five years (till 2018), it means that Italian people won’t have voted its premier for ten consecutive years. And the last Prime Minister voted by Italian people (Silvio Berlusconi in 2008) had been in charge (with ups and downs) since 1994. That means that in 24 years (from 1994 to 2018), Italian people will have voted only 2 Prime Ministers (Berlusconi and Prodi).