A bloody good clown, Beppe Grillo is also now the world’s most powerful blogger

English: Beppe Grillo, Italian comedian, activ...

Beppe Grillo, Italian comedian, activist and blogger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beppe Grillo is looking to exit Italy from the euro, and he isn’t taking kindly to some of the horse-trading going on:

He also insisted that his party would not take part in any “horse-trading”, describing the overtures from the Left as “the usual whorish way of doing politics.”

Ian Steadman, at Wired, meanwhile thinks that Grillo has become the world’s most powerful blogger.

A comedian on an anti-corruption crusade, his success (and his political movement) has been built on the back of his blog— the most popular in the country, and one of the most widely-read in the world.Grillo’s blog has long hosted names of politicians convicted for charges of corruption, and in posts the satirical comedian has railed against the corruptions problems in Italian politics. In 2007, he corralled his supporters into a one-off “V-Day Celebratio” where the “V” stood for vaffanculo — “fuck off”. Other campaigns targeted certain bills or vested interests, with the culmination being the launch of the Five Star Movement (M5S) in 2009, a populist bloc whose unifying characteristic isn’t so much what it’s for as what it’s against — the status quo. Its members organise online, it has an extreme direct democracy slant, and, judging from exit polls and seat projections, M5S looks likely to be the third-largest political bloc in the Italian parliament.

 Grillo won’t even be in the new parliament, and his approach to funding the party is commendable.

Most remarkably, Grillo isn’t even running for election — M5S bans those with criminal convictions from standing for office, and his manslaughter conviction from 1980 (for a traffic accident) rules him out. M5S also doesn’t accept public funding for its operations like other parties, claiming it can lead to corruption. Grillo remains as its foundational figure and fiery evengalist, and has sworn that M5S won’t form a coalition with any other group, eschewing all forms of compromise.

His harnessing of social media would make Trevor Mallard cringe with embarrassment:

Considering Italy’s economic woes — markets are poised to panic if there’s political deadlock — the fact that we may well see the world’s economy thrown out of a whack by a principled blogger taking a stand is definitely some kind of watershed moment in social media.

It’s hard to think of any political party or politician who’s managed to secure such an influential position off the back of social media. For a while it looked like the Pirate Part of Germany might represent some kind of direct democracy revolution, but after some promising early starts in regional elections it fell apart when trying to launch onto the national scene. Much was made of its ability to organise policy online, with a horizontal hierarchy only made possible at such scale by the web, but it also seemed to create a public perception of a fractured and unreliable group of people changing opinions on a whim. There has also been a perception that it lacks popular figureheads.

When it comes to M5S’s success, perhaps the broadness of its anti-corruption platform and its maverick leader have solved that problem.


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  • Grillo claims that Jews weren’t killed by the Nazis, they were killed by Jews, as a political ploy to justify Israel. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFd31bU2KTs] Get an Italian speaker to translate, or just Google him [my Italian is piss poor, but I can follow him enough to hear the echoes of history].
    Other claims that he has made:
    High-flying jets spray mind-altering chemicals over the whole world.

    Jews are descendents of people in Yemen and the whole claim of ancestry in Israel is a lie. The world-wide Jewish conspiracy runs the world through the Illuminati, Masonic Lodges, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds, and are therefore responsible for the problems of the west, because they own the banks that charge usurious interest rates

    Islamic banks have a way of creating money without causing inflation, and give free money to deserving borrowers. He proposes to use the Islamic development Bank as a model, nationalise all banks, and cut off trade with the rest of europe.

    Modern medicine is based on fraud; flu vaccines cause disease- a bloodletting is better.

    He isn’t a fascist; his supporters will attack you if you call him that. To my mind, having read his blog, if he isn’t a fascist, he is a National Socialist.

    • PlanetOrphan

      Sounds like his humour has led him to the requirement of a Tinfoil hat M8!
      He needs to use the new NZ Mensa greeting ….
      Get out of my head spit spit spit %-))

    • Italy has always had a fascination with Fascismo

  • PlanetOrphan

    Looks kinda worried in the photo, Does he think he can do it on his own ?
    If not how long before the scabs take over and destroy it ?

    You can ryle about the current administration all you like, a good civilised person would realise that re-inventing the wheel will only slow you down.

    Evaluate the requirements and implement fixes in a good civilised way, which means you think about everyone and implement for everyone.

    What they need is a mandate from their fellow Euro countries to print money, and it should be greece specific money as well.