Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Italy's Renzi: A Charismatic Technocrat And Internationalist

This one deserves to be separated from the daily news, as anytime a leader rises rapidly in Europe, especially one with a globalist vision, we should pay attention: 

Matteo Renzi is on a roll. The Italian prime minister is a brilliant politician. His youthful dynamism has bought him time with his people, the markets and the European Union to carry out the immense job of reforming Italy. But he has yet to show he can execute. He now needs to, because even his time will run out. Renzi has had a good four months in the job after he pushed aside his predecessor Enrico Letta. His emphatic victory in the European Parliament elections gave him a legitimacy that the murky manner of his ascension lacked. He is in the astonishing position of dominating not just the left of Italian politics, from which he comes, but also the centre – as well as being popular with the right. The latter is in disarray as Silvio Berlusconi's career has disintegrated. Meanwhile, Renzi has managed the feat of portraying himself as anti-system, despite being prime minister. This has undercut the appeal of Beppe Grillo's protest movement. – Reuters

Here is a modern technocrat and a darling of Reuters. Let's see what his esteemed qualities can tell us about the globalist agenda generally. This article, unlike most, seems to make it fairly clear.

Renzi is held up as everything that is good and proper about the EU and about Italy's evolution as an EU member. He is said to be personally charming and charismatic as well as flexible and yet focused on creating what might be called "globalism with a human face."

Italy, where I spent part of last week, took over the EU's six-month rotating presidency on July 1. Renzi therefore has a critical role during a period when the EU's priorities for the next five years will be set and a team will be chosen to work alongside Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president.

... Renzi's stock is now riding high, helped by the protective blanket thrown over all the euro zone periphery by the ECB. But Italy's debt is forecast to hit 135 percent of GDP this year by the European Commission. If it keeps rising or there is some external shock, the country could be tipped back into crisis.

Additionally, Renzi wants to see additional price inflation that can lift salaries in Italy and add to the "wealth effect." (Actually, people may not be any wealthier but they will feel as if they are.) He also wants to reform Italy's bloated bureaucracy and political system.

To sum up, Renzi wants to make the Italian government a lot more efficient and via additional tax collection he wants to provide the government with more resources. This is surely a globalist prescription for prosperity, depending on central bank money printing, efficient government services and the extraction of the last drop of potential tax revenue.

Renzi's platform – which is actually the European Union platform – surely presents a technocratic vision. It is based on the idea that wise and charismatic leaders possess sufficient wisdom, empathy and expertise to circumvent the anti-competitive nature of state powers.

Every part of Renzi's program is designed to reinforce some sort of state power – whether redistributive, judicial, monetary or fiscal. Renzi, Widodo, the leaders of the EU itself – these are technocrats of tomorrow, those who are supposed to guide the world into a more prosperous 21st century.
But this agenda is based on state power, and inevitably, state power fails and even collapses. The idea then, apparently, is to move toward yet further consolidation and to agitate for yet more draconian regulations to strengthen further government centralization, first on a national, then on a regional and finally on a global level.

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