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The new Italian government

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I had a chat with the always thoughtful Mary Kissel for the WSJ Opinion: Foreign Edition podcast on the new government which is possibly forming in Italy these days. It is, in a way, a laboratory in the sense that for the first time "populist" (I don't really like the word: I prefer "nationalist") parties are going to be in charge of a major Western European country. In short, I don't think it's any good. But they are, in many way, the "products" of many not very good governments run by non-populists (and yet not necessarily "credible") parties in the last few years. Comments and

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The new Italian government I had a chat with the always thoughtful Mary Kissel for the WSJ Opinion: Foreign Edition podcast on the new government which is possibly forming in Italy these days. It is, in a way, a laboratory in the sense that for the first time "populist" (I don't really like the word: I prefer "nationalist") parties are going to be in charge of a major Western European country. In short, I don't think it's any good. But they are, in many way, the "products" of many not very good governments run by non-populists (and yet not necessarily "credible") parties in the last few years.



Alberto Mingardi
Mingardi, one of the rising stars of European libertarianism, is the founder and Director General of the Italian free-market think tank, Instituto Bruno Leoni. His areas of interest include the history of economic thought and antitrust and healthcare systems. He is particularly well known for popularizing the work of past scholars under-appreciated by today’s libertarians. Currently an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, Mingardi has also worked with the Heritage Foundation, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Acton Institute, and the Centre for a New Europe.

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