Friday, July 15, 2011

An international phenomenon

Do not even begin to think that the Murdoch "crisis" is anything special or different – anything more than a symptom of decadence. Exactly the same thing is happening in Hungary with similar results. There is a similar assault going on in Greece.

And is anyone at all surprised that, at the heart of the political crisis in Italy is Berlusconi, whose great claim to fame is that he is the head of a huge media empire? While he and the political classes lock horns, the real power in Italy is shared by the Mafia and the EU.

Once power drains away from the political classes, their behaviour will follow a general pattern – there is an archetype at work here.