We all love Italy, right?
That country was always my favorite place to visit, when I had the time and the money—great food and wine, fantastic art, “la dolce vita.” I would describe it as “Disneyland for Adults” to those who hadn’t been there.
That was then. This is now.
Do you wonder what “goods of primary necessity” are? So did I. And we thought the dwindling shelves in our supermarkets were bad.
Ski lifts? Aren’t they the ultimate social distancing?
The Journal also reports on a woman in Liguria who, unable to enter her usual local restaurants, “sometimes gets a takeout sandwich and eats it on the beach—the only place she feels welcome. On a recent morning, she brought hot tea and cookies from home and sat on the beach watching the sea from what she calls her ‘freedom tea room.’”
That such a person is subject to the same draconian—or what someone must already have called “Draghi-onian”—measures is a (excuse the expression) red flag underscoring what that country is going through.
What is it then about Italy that has brought it to such a pass?
Obviously, I have nowhere near the knowledge of Crispin and Salonia, but I think it’s interesting that the restrictions often are strongest in countries with historical links to fascism, not only Italy but also Austria.
Across the globe today, we see an extraordinary growth in conformism. It's quite ominous, more ominous than COVID itself, although COVID clearly drove it.
It's why I wrote my article analogizing—in an as-yet small way—the Holocaust with what we are going through today. These are complicated and increasingly dangerous times. The beguiling, mysterious Italy we saw in the films of Federico Fellini is no longer with us.