Italy seems to be in a state of sleepwalking. Overrun by – untypical – xenophobia, it follows a whacked out billionaire, who gloats about his roguery and has turned lying into a common political convention. What at first appeared to be a historical accident has become 15 years of mortifying reality. It seems to have spawned a concept that can be summed up like this: Democracy is superfluous, not compatible with modern times and business, and he who has the power over communication is best-suited to assume political power. To escape this nightmare, one only has to turn off the television. But no one does; everyone continues to sit glued to the screen, mesmerized by a Pied Piper with a facelift who always has a dirty joke at the ready.