Oggi è apparso un articolo sul New York Times (la registrazione al sito è gratuita!) di Ian Fisher che parlava di noi, dell’Italia. Il titolo è tutto un programma: In a Funk, Italy Sings an Aria of Disappointment. Ricordando che stiamo parlando del New York Times (mica bruscolini), l’articolo fotografa la situazione italiana: crescita zero, disoccupazione, povertà, politica ‘sballata’, mafia, Beppe Grillo, vecchiume, ecc. Leggete questo pezzo se potete. Intanto vi posto alcuni passaggi molto interessanti. Qui e qui trovate dei riassunti in italiano.

Evidence of Italy’s age is everywhere. In parks, clutches of old ladies coo at a single toddler. On television, stars are craggy. (The median age for the presenters of this year’s Miss Italia contest was 70. The winner, Silvia Battisti, was 18.) In the political sphere, Mr. Prodi is 68, Mr. Berlusconi 71. ” (Io mi impegno a non votare più una persona che abbia più di 60 anni, di qualsiasi colore essa sia).

Italy does not seem to rank as it once did for greatness. There is no new Fellini, Rossellini or Loren. Its cinema, television, art, literature and music are rarely considered on the cutting edge.

Businesses want less bureaucracy, more flexible labor laws and large investments in infrastructure to make moving goods around easier.

“The malaise is: ‘I can see all that, but there is nothing I can do to change it,’” said Beppe Severnigni, a columnist for Corriere della Sera. “

But, he said, “to change your ways means changing your individual ways: refusing certain compromises, to start paying your taxes, don’t ask for favors when you are looking for a job, not to cheat when your child is trying to reach admission to university.”