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Italy's moral crisis

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Abstract:

This article argues that Italy is currently experiencing a crisis which is primarily 'moral', rather than simply or merely political and economic. The crisis takes the form of a kind of rebellion against the principles generated by the Enlightenment: the notion that all individuals should be perceived as equals is in decline. Berlusconi's dominance is producing a change in popular conceptions of morality and ethics - including a dismantling of the concepts of shame and decency. Other mainstream 'institutional' bodies such the left and the church are not immune from this moral 'virus'. The church is more interested in defending its own interests than in acting as a moral force, while the Centre-Left/Left is still in search for its lost self, largely unable to act as a counterbalance to the political, cultural and moral values of reigning Berlusconism.

Keywords: BERLUSCONI; CATHOLIC CHURCH; ITALY; MORAL CRISIS; PCI; PD; POLITICS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266210793790837

Publication date: December 8, 2010

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