Ironic, pressing, acute. Daniele Capezzone with his latest book “Time bomb. The hot autumn of Italian politics”, published by Piemme, outlines with great clarity the risks towards which Italy is going to meet. The author points out that inflation, expensive energy, tax pressure and a suffocating bureaucracy are some of the evils that are afflicting an increasingly poor, angry and disillusioned nation. But how can we reverse the course? Capezzone provides some recipes that should be the cornerstone of the political and economic vision of every good liberal: the essay in fact exudes liberalism, reflecting the ideals of Hayek, Milton, Einaudi, but also of the libertarian ones of Clint Eastwood, a figure on which Capezzone relies he dwelt in his previous work, “For a new right”.
The essay “oscillates between disenchantment and the desire for a shock”, as the journalist of La Verità writes: as a liberal, Capezzone is led to analyze reality in an objective way, providing, at the same time, proposals and suggestions without ever losing hope and desire to fight for one’s ideals of individualism and freedom against a direct and invasive state. The book begins by retracing the days of the fall of the Draghi government and crosses some moments in the recent history of our country, characterized by a “semi-commissioning” of politics since the months preceding the fall of the last Berlusconi government. Capezzone, always against the tide, spares no criticism of the management of the pandemic, highlighting contradictions and errors that have led “our ruling classes” to lose “credibility”. But there is not only Italian politics in the essay. There are many topics and issues addressed, from the “new Cold War scenarios” of which the conflict in Ukraine is only one of the consequences to the mistakes that led to the fall of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Capezzone, as a proud Atlanticist, does not spare severe judgments on the President of the United States Joe Biden and also explains what strategic role Italy should carve out in the Mediterranean.
The journalist, through the multitude of episodes and background described, highlights the short-sightedness of many political leaders and heads of state, who, as Capezzone recalls, walked around dazzled by Roman beauties at the G20 four months before the invasion of Ukraine broke out. in October, while Moscow and Beijing carried out their hegemonic plans of conquest. In an increasingly fragmented and increasingly less pro-Atlantic international chessboard, the role of Italy for Capezzone must be relaunched and re-founded, under penalty of subsidiarity in Paris and Berlin. The author suggests the way forward for a center-right that is sometimes divided and ambiguous on some basic issues, such as its international collation and its tendency towards economic policies that are sometimes more statist than liberal, but given as a favorite in the elections on 25 September. With his essay Capezzone wants to “shake us”, to “rediscover a pride in the values that should animate us”. And thus lead Italy to take off the waste that keeps it caged, returning to be aware of its own greatness. Before it’s too late.