What about Italian non-voters?

For Italy, the future is bleak.

It seems there’s no choice but to hold one’s nose and vote for anyone who can stop a post-fascist wave from washing across the country. It looks like an ethical imperative.

At least that’s the position of philosopher Paolo Flores d’Arcais who, in an editorial last month, said it’s impossible to be picky. What’s at stake for d’Arcais is civilization “as it was a century ago”— that is, as it was at the time of Benito Mussolini’s March on Rome, the grim anniversary of which falls on October 28, a month after Italy is set to hold its parliamentary elections.

But what about those who decide not to vote at all?

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