Rather than opening up to debate and scrutiny like the rest of the digital establishment, the Five Star Movement has locked itself in its leader’s weltanschauung. Grillo’s project is reminiscent of Google and Facebook’s one-way system of navigation. Grillo has more than one million Twitter followers, but he exclusively follows representatives of the movement who, in turn, use the medium to communicate their message unidirectionally, employing a divisive “us versus them” tone. – Guardian
Dominant Social Theme: Beppe Grillo’s political triumph is a social media miracle and a triumph of the Internet. But watch out, the radicalism of Grillo shows that the demons of European fascism are not yet exorcised. Much better to support the EU before more Grillos emerge.
Free-Market Analysis: Grillo’s stunning ascent in Italy’s political firmament is both insular and astonishing. There is something about it that is manipulated as well as genuine. Thanks to various DB feedbackers for pointing this out. We’ve written about it already: Will Grillo’s Dubious Affiliations Send the EU Back Into a Sterile Debate?
When we follow up, we find that it may well be that Beppe Grillo’s victories in the recent Italian elections are a kind ofdirected history supported by such globalists as Joseph Stiglizt and George Soros. The idea in this instance could be to shove people back toward support of the European Union by frightening them with the idea of incipient fascism.
The European Union is in trouble right now but if one scares people in Europe with the idea that the alternative to the EU is a return to fascism, then anti-EU sentiment may dim or even collapse. The idea is always to support internationalism and the grand, globalist experiment of the EU itself.