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Qualunquismo

By March 21, 2009

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QualunquismoIndifferent to political and social issues? Apathetic or skeptical of party politics? You just might be exhibiting signs of qualunquismo. It's a term derived from an Italian political party that took its name from a newspaper founded in Rome in 1944 by Guglielmo Giannini. The Fronte dell'Uomo Qualunque (FUQ) promoted a generic and aggressive antipolitical feeling and strong mistrust of institutions and political parties. They preferred to focus on the real problems of the people, of the everyman (uomo qualunque), the ordinary person. One of their primary goals was to remove party politics from Italian government (they failed miserably!).

Today the term has a decidely negative, pejorative sense, and refers to an attitude of distrust of democratic institutions, of diffidenze and hostility towards politics and the party system, and a lack of involvement in civil affairs. Worse, it can serve as a label in political discourse to brand someone as stingy and narrow-minded, who only thinks of his own interests and as such can be considered neither progressive nor democratic.

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March 21, 2009 at 10:36 am
(1) marianna ricci says:

i speak for just the american phenomena. there are so many disillusioned voters on both sides of the aisle that they’ve become distrustful of all lawmakers. the many scandals that we’re seeing,have given them the feeling that there are NO honest people in gov’t…therefore, they become less & less involved in the voting process b/c the feeling is: there’s no use electing anyone, they are ALL tainted. w/ that mind-set, they will opt to forego backing anyone. w/ this attitude, they become apathetic & uncaring.
welcome rebuttals….amore, marianna ricci

March 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm
(2) maelström says:

I can tell you that lately, in Italy, -isms are very fashionable. They are very much often used as a dialectical weapon to banish interlocutors to a kind of ghetto, to brand and silence them. Many were born during the last years; I’m reporting just two: Grillismo (named after Beppe Grillo and used to brand anyone agrees with the comedian and supports his ferocious j’accuse towards our administrators); Antiberlusconismo (sometimes a synonym of the previous) used to brand anyone determined to highlight how disgraceful is our Prime Minister.

March 25, 2009 at 10:22 am
(3) Peter says:

It’s the same here in the UK. No-one trusts politicians of any colour now; they are all tainted with the smell of personal greed. In the current economic climate, reading of politicians claiming 1000s of pounds for using their sister’s (or parents’) home in the pretext that it is their main residence, when in fact it is not, does not go down at all well. It may well be within the rules, but then the rules need re-writing so that this sort of thing cannot happen in future. Fat chance of that all the time we have ssuch a sleazy government in power, one that has looked to screw the UK taxpayer at any opportunity. Bastards!

March 25, 2009 at 2:57 pm
(4) lets not get distracted says:

okaaaaaayy peter……….

March 31, 2009 at 11:05 am
(5) Cheryl says:

It’s difficult NOT to be disillusioned with political parties and leaders. They say whatever we want to hear in order to get elected, then proceed to their own self-aggrandizing agendas after trashing their campaign promises. And we, gullible public that we are, eagerly swallow the rhetoric and hyperbole.
Who is honest in government? Anyone who is crazy enough – or ambitious enough – to seek public office probably has a hidden agenda to begin with.
But it isn’t politics as much as it is our own human nature that drives us to abuse power. Perhaps qualunquismo today is simply the embracing of the ordinariness and anonymity of “everyman” – and the rejection of those systems that falsely elevate the individual to a godhead of their own devising.

March 24, 2010 at 9:51 am
(6) Michael "mickeyrad" Radosevich says:

Most people trust & depend on government – especially when they lose their job, need financial help with college, suffer racism or sexism, etc. etc. The only reason we have roads, schools, firemen & police, environmental protection, etc. etc. is our government.

Uncle Sam is great. It’s only the extreme right-wing ignorant hate-filled racists & homophobes – aka, the Teabaggers in the Usa – who hate government, & they’re “only” about 20% of the population.

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