”WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? THROW THEM OUT?” DI MAJO NARRATES ITALIAN DEMOCRACY AT THE TIME OF SOCIAL NETWORKS The book collects the voices of dissidents and parliamentarians and from it emerges the definition of current politics as an ''egocracy''

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Men who rule the state alone and political dissidents are two sides of the same coin, and together they form what Alberto Di Majo defines as an “egocracy”. In his book What Are You Going to Do? Throw Them Out? published by Imprimatur, the journalist for the Italian daily Il Tempo describes the current political scenario in his country; a frame in which the parties are no longer able to communicate among the different positions in their bosom. To blame for this situation are the means of communication, first of all social networks such as Facebook and Twitter which have encouraged individualism.

The author dialogs with politicians of the First and Second Republic, psychiatrists, sociologists and philosophers, and dedicates the last part of the book to democracy – which, according to the emeritus president of the Constitutional Court, Antonio Baldassarre, with whom Di Majo has a long conversation – “is in danger once again”. The journalist puts forward also an interesting journey among the dissidents: from Gianfranco Fini to Denis Verdini, from Raffaele Fitto to the former exponents of the political party Movimento 5 Stelle such as Giovanni Favia and Federica Salsi. All of them tell the story of their “rift” . By contrast, parliamentarians such as Paolo Cirino Pomicino and Rino Formica reconstruct the decadence of the parties and politicians.

Gives food for thought also the dialog between the author and the psychiatrist Narciso Mustard, in which “egocracy” is described. The question is whether politics has not become a “ludopathy”, whereas the philosopher-blogger, Carlo Scognamiglio, focuses on the words of the dissidents on how social media have changed political communication. “What looks like a contrast – says Di Majo – in the truth of the situation is an alliance. Strong men in command and rebels in the opposition seem to be poles apart, yet they support each other and draw the same field which has now become impracticable. Between the two fronts, room for democratic practices grows narrower”.

The preface, signed by Luigi Bisignani, goes back over the last twenty years of politics and reminds: “In front of this new system of experts of the web, blogs and social network, the “poor” political class loses its essential function: to lead citizens towards growth. It ends up living in political and personalist opportunism, and culminates in the method of changing alliances to form stable governments or workable policies. Di Majo exposes it way too well, making us re-experience episodes and collecting testimonies, with the attitude of a chronicler and the eye of a historian”.

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