According to some sources, British politician Alexander Tytler once said: ‘A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship’.
Was he right ? Probably not, since democracies have existed for centuries, including in his own United Kingdom.
But could he be right in Italy ? Perhaps.
Today, the leader of the Italian right promised: ‘In the first meeting of the Government, we’ll decide to give back as a compensation the real estate tax paid on the household house. In the Post Offices you will receive in cash what you paid in 2012, otherwise in your bank account. In five years we’ll reduce the turnover tax, a robbery to our enterprises’.