No More Mr. Nice Guy
The New York Times Magazine, June 25, 2000
used by permission

In his article (The Way We Live Now, June 18), Stephen S. Hall decried America's slide into Italian-style politics. While it is customary among the Anglo-Saxon intelligentsia to sneer at the "operatic parade of dysfunctional Italian governments," there is no greater comedy of errors than the soap opera known as the American political process. America is a nation where barely 30 percent of the electorate bothers to vote on Election Day and where a governing class boasts a wrestler turned governor and a carpetbagging first lady as a senatorial hopeful.

Rosario A. Iaconis
The Italic Studies Institute



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