Political leaders are not human beings

The problem with satire and much political commentary is that politicians, and leaders particularly, are treated like human beings, with their own spoken language and experience and ideas, whereas a less naive view could acknowledge they are more a condensation of economic and lobby agendas, brought forward on a mid-term scale with fixed objectives. At least that seems to explain the trajectory of successful leaders and successful parties, like Berlusconi and lately Renzi. One may simplistically call them puppets for large groups of less visible people who are not directly involved with politics, from rich entrepreneurs to CFO of the financial sector and high-ranking civil servants. It’s certainly more nuanced and way deeper than that, though.

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Stefano Costa

Archaeologist, I study the Late Antique and Early Medieval/Byzantine period on the northern side of the Mediterranean, focusing on pottery usage patterns. I'm also involved in open source and open knowledge communities, like OSGeo, the IOSA project and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

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