Beppe Grillo, comedian turned blogger, got 25% in the recent Italian elections. His anti-austerity populism is making banksters very nervous indeed. I like his attitude.
Grillo refers to Berlusconi as “the psycho dwarf.” Grillo’s vision of Bersani is a “dead man walking.”
In an interview that Grillo had with the New York Times over the weekend he said he would support neither side and that doing so “would be like Napoleon making a deal with Wellington.” He went on to say that, “We can change everything in the hands of respectable people, but the existing political class must be expelled immediately.” He has called for a nationwide referendum on Italy’s participation in the European Union and indicated that while Italy will pay its debts; it might be done in Lira.
Beppe Grillo in 1998 on our fantasy financial system. Make no mistake. He is dangerous to the established order. He is an outsider who through his humor makes the entire edifice of international finance look ridiculous and corrupt. He’s not interested in being co-opted. And now he has real political power.