Great point made on The Majority Report (which I have mixed feelings on) by Italian author Francesco Pacifico who talks about Matteo Salvini and the Italian Lega and the manner in which the Lega’s utter disdain and hostility for non-Northern Italians, something that typified them up until hardly a decade ago, has transformed into anti-immigrant sentiment. And yet most Italians who have supported the Lega have managed to ignore the fact that they loathed most of them until a wet weekend ago. It’s quite a transformation.
One commentator made the point that Salvini and the Lega took a template for regional chauvinism and applied to immigrants and Italy more widely. And how did this come around? Well the decline of the parliament under the right. Allowing a more virulent right a lever in.
By the by Pacifico has some scathing words about 5SM too, and what are deeply anti-democratic currents…
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