On faces. And ideas.

The more indifferent people are to the common good, the more obsessed they become with their own faces. This is what Kundera calls the individualism of our time. You can see the results in everyday Italian politics. Politics, today, means thinking up sound-bites by which the politician is seen and understood, measured in opinion polls and elected or rejected in elections. Far are the times when politics meant the art of running the polis and working on a mutual understanding.

Having said that. Let me confess that I am massively enjoying Berlusconi’s political humiliation that followed today’s confidence vote in the Italian Senate.