Publisher: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.
To My Left
“It was my duty to write this book because I have two children in their twenties facing, like all their peers, the most difficult labor market since the Great Depression. I act on my responsibilities because I belong to a certain generation of the Western Left who believed that they could improve society using the market and globalization. I wanted to browse my family album, with a bit of the Italian left, to understand the reasons for our defeat, then open a new page. Plutocracy, technocracy, populism, and authoritarianism are the evils that threaten our democracies. Italy is a small laboratory riddled with these pathogens. Having lived decades as a globalized nomad—in Europe, America, Asia—I have the duty to say what happened to my country’s image. From my observation post in the Far West, I can tell what the costs of the Berlusconi era are. Is there still hope? Drawing on my experiences in emerging countries, from Asia to Brazil, I have concluded that our way out of these problems lies to our left.”