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Silvio: the next episode

Even though Silvio Berlusconi's political reign may be drawing to a close, his media legacy will live on

Look at me: Silvio Berlusconi’s Italy has invented a new political movement—mediaocracy

Part of the spectator appeal of Italian politics is its multidimensional chess aspect. Players move in complex, sinuous fashion, appearing to retreat, striking suddenly. In their bestselling 2007 book, journalists Sergio Rizzo and Gian Antonio Stella identified the political caste, La Casta, as an elite that takes only occasional account of those who elect it and pay for its salaries, bulletproof cars, luxurious offices and tennis lessons. Now, though, the rising discontent of the base is moving pieces on the board.

In November, in the wake of allegations…

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