Dispatch from Italy—
Ambition and animal instinct drive Italy’s new 39-year old Premier
Renzi: Just a simple ragazzo like any other?
By GAITHER STEWART
(Rome) E.M. Cioran wrote in his memorable essay, A l’école des tyrans (In the School of Tyrants): “Ambition is a drug which makes of one who is addicted a madman in power.”
I happened to be reading Cioran in these days when the 39-year old Florentine Matteo Renzi unseated from the Premiership his fellow member of the Left-Center Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, executed an unswerving march to power in a manner which his political adversaries labeled a coup d’état and thus became the youngest chief of government in the major countries of Europe. Cioran’s quote reflected the most frequent adjective used in regard to the ex-Mayor of Florence: ambitious, in the sense of excessive. Continue reading »