Sketch of the Italian General Elections

THE ITALIAN ELECTIONS, scheduled for the fourth of this coming March, are now less than a month distant. They are unlikely to receive the kind of broad international interest which attended the late French elections; nonetheless, in certain ways they will be even more consequential for the near future of Europe, not least of all as regards the “migrant crisis,” since Italy in the present moment is the major gateway for the hordes of foreigners that now accost European shores, and is almost the exclusive port of entry for the waves of African infiltrators, who, unless we very rapidly change our ways, are destined in coming years to pullulate out of the Black Continent and toward our West in numbers astounding. This election therefore most assuredly deserves our assiduous attention.
      Had I my druthers, I should most like to see CasaPound’s Simone di Stefano in office (CasaPound is even named after our very own American poet, with whom I nearly share a birthplace). But CasaPound cannot win this election, nor come near to winning it, and support for CasaPound in the present atmosphere is so much wasted effort. We are thus caught in the vicegrip, between principle and practice.
      Fortunately, I have never “believed in democracy,” and so I am spared the usual tiresome ballot-box pangs of conscience. The only question of any importance in this election, as in any democratic election of our day, is what might legitimately issue from it, and what most serves us in the end. We must be as uncompromising in our values and our vision, as we are flexible in our praxis in this haunted and diseased present day. If we hold out any hope of a renewal from within, through the kind of developments we see glimmering up in Hungary and Poland and Austria, then the only thing to desire from this Italian election is the victory of the Lega, and Matteo Salvini.
      Italian politics has a well earned reputation for opacity and complexity, and I can hardly hope to clarify all the issues involved in this election, nor the complications and particularities of the Italian system of government, in the course of a brief essay. It might be of use to some of my readers, however, if I were to provide at least a brief outline of the candidates most essentially involved.