It’s All a Communist Plot You Know

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy reminds me of Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. He always lands on his feet and you are left wondering – “does he plan it out or just make it up as he goes along?”

His trial for paying for sex with a minor started Wednesday in Milan, and neither he – nor the young woman in question – showed up. The judge ruled it an “unexcused absence.” Berlusconi is his country’s version of a conservative, and so he claims this is a plot by his country’s liberals – and the communists, and anyone else he can think of, really he sounds quite rambling and desperate – to discredit him. He has been tried on tax fraud and corruption and proven to have been lying, but the cases that have been heard have been lost because of things he did having been decriminalized after he did them, or the statute of limitations passing – even though he was proved to have lied.

I was interested to see that George Clooney is on the witness list for his sex crime trial. The ongoing coverage of this trial has been pretty gaudy and rather nasty. It sounds like Berlusconi has been (allegedly of course) (caught) running the sort of parties and lifestyle that the rulers of our world have always felt themselves entitled to.

The young woman who is the star witness “rebelled at 13 when her father tried to marry her to an older man” – proof arranged marriages are still alive and well on planet Earth.

Comments

  1. Attackfish says

    My dad, who way back when, took his mission in Italy, has been bringing Berlusconi’s latest shenanigans to my attention, and everything he does just makes him look more and more ridiculous (not harmless, certainly not harmless). He gets into power on the women’s vote because he owns the equivalent to Lifetime, then proceeds to roll back gender gains along with almost all other forms of social progress, and makes himself into the darling of the Catholic Church for it while he has affairs, hires prostitutes, engages in unbelievable corruption, and (allegedly) exploits teenage girls. Meanwhile, much of Italy just goes “Oh Berlusconi, he’s such a character!” He gets away with it because it’s so obvious.

    Along with Jack Sparrow, he’s also the fusion of Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump.

    One correction, there is nothing inherently wrong or oppressive about arranged marriages. I’ve looked into it as an option for myself because I have a broken picker. It’s forced marriages, which are often arranged but sometimes not, that are.

    • firebird says

      As to your point about arranged marriages, you are right, I was using the term as code for children being forced underage, or women of any age being force into marriage against their will that would be harmful or just odious to them. I shouldn’t have forgotten that some people happily use help – whether the formal help of a matchmaker, the arrangement of parents or other family members or varying levels down to relying on the veto of a trusted friend. I apologize for the oversight. ;-)

  2. M.C. says

    What I like about the causa Ruby is that Italian women went out on the streets to demonstrate against Berlusconi. There wasn’t as much victim blaming as I’ve come to expect from Western society.

    One correction, there is nothing inherently wrong or oppressive about arranged marriages. I’ve looked into it as an option for myself because I have a broken picker. It’s forced marriages, which are often arranged but sometimes not, that are.

    I guess we can all agree that arranged marriages for under-age people are inherently wrong.
    For any grown-up, who is free to give or refuse their informed consent, it’s very similar to a blind date arranged by their friends/family.

    • Attackfish says

      BTW, don’t read the comments. A lot are okay, but some people just can’t get over the fact that he paid her and she’s a dirty evil slutty whore entrapping men. I’m glad there’s less victim blaming in Italy than usual.

      As to the lower, yes. Because those can’t be consented to freely and are therefore forced. And disgusting. The arranged marriage I would be having if I went that way would involve me being able to have the final say, which is the critical distinction.

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