Democracy in The Usa And in Italy, Where Are The Differences?

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People talk a lot, at least in Italy, about the United States and its form of Government. The issue is basically this: are the USA democrats and how much? Or: what is the difference between American democracy and the Italian democracy? Let’s do a bit of clarity: American democracy is a direct democracy, while the Italian democracy is so-called representative. Satisfied? I am not, since I’m an Italian who lives in the USA. In direct democracy, i.e. the USA, the power is exercised directly by the people, as was done in ancient Greece, where citizens gathered in the Agora (today the piazza). In indirect democracy, i.e. the Italian, the power is exercised by representatives elected by the people (Parliament). Not enough? Well, in the USA if you protest you can do so according to certain rules such as not screaming, yelling, and in particular not damage the public things. In Italy, protest means above all to create situations of hardship to both attract public attention and media, and for actually deeming the system as unfair. The consequences are known and are part of the history of the two countries: in the USA examples of  ‘social’ repression are known, but most of all they are historically justified; in Italy instead social conflicts are explained and interpreted. A bad thing? I would not say so but in my opinion in a democratic regime chaos and instability can be seen as expressions of true democracy, something totally unacceptable for the average American. The establishment, no matter how unequal it might be, your duty as a citizen is to be compliant with the rules in order to preserve it. In Italy, the institutions are important but are not considered sacred and inviolable. In the USA you can’t go from your employer and complain because you have just been fired without just cause; you can’t even talk about what it is happening to you with your co-workers. In the work environment, in my opinion, workers experience the same lack of ‘social’ rights such as the right to protest or the right to argue with your employer. How many of you, dear readers of this article, have been fired without warning just because the employer needed to cut costs? Someone may say, America is a capitalist country and the employer is the boss! Well, then what can you say of the democracy in the USA when those things happen to you, that this is form of democracy is unfair? I wouldn’t put it this way, rather I would say that it is a form of democracy whose goal is mainly to preserve the status quo and the institutions even when they are unfair. Furthermore, many Americans still prefer to believe in things like ‘equal opportunity ‘ for everyone rather than think that maybe employers should stop using these words and say in your face that you are too old for that position. One day an American of my age said to me, “anyone can become President of the USA, even you who are criticizing the system”. I told him that first I was Italian and therefore not being an American citizen and not being born in the USA I did not have the right; second, that I didn’t have the money necessary to run for the office; third, that I am too much of a ‘ballbreaker’ to accept this kind of hardship. The debate is open and I am not seeking to offend anyone; I just want to express my opinion and maybe to hear yours. 


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