In 1882, Henrik Ibsen wrote that the most dangerous enemy of truth and freedom is, «if you really want to know, yes, it is the majority, the solid and compact majority, the cursed democratic majority». You could say that’s a provocation, but it’s a topic of conversation: Brexit, Trump and – why not? – the referendum in Italy.
Democracy, our enemy: according to history, the worst enemy of democracy is the aristocracy. The aristocracy is back and all around us: Paolo Sorrentino tells the story of a hipster Pope, Elizabeth II is back with young bare-bottomed Matt Smith, and Versailles is an orgasm for those who are still there waiting for Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors. Miriam Leone falls for Cosimo de’ Medici on Rai Uno – while no one, really no one, can accept the fact that the last season of Game of Thrones is about to begin.
From Marie Antoinette to Catherine of Russia, from Philippe d’Orleans, the brother of Louis XIV, to Henry of Valois, from Morgana of Camelot to the Borgia siblings and Maria Sofia, the last queen of Naples: throughout history, aristocrats have been privileged by law, and the best have always been the ones who have never held back when enjoying that privilege, in vice or in virtue.
Today the privilege of law no longer exists. There is only the privilege of intellect, which is called talent. Those who possess it belong to the only aristocracy that counts today – but as in history, the best exponents are those who never hold back when enjoying that privilege – talent – in vice or in virtue.
In the Gospel, speaking of talent, the same phrase is repeated several times: To the one who has, more will be given; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Each of us is essentially invited to enhance every ability, skill, advantage, resource, and fortune that was granted by nature. Otherwise, everything will be taken away and more: even the mediocrity to which one is accustomed.
Aristofunk – today’s aristocracy – dances. It dances, jumps, sings, speaks in rhyme, and soaks in prose. The flexible brain is more trained than an acrobat’s calf muscles. Funk defines a rough, unrelenting motif, uninhibited and unsophisticated, with powerful repeated grooves. The Aristofunks can do anything to enhance their privilege and talent; tomorrow they are ready to be escorted to the gallows. I like the Aristofunks who want to transform their romanticism into reality. For the very first time, a woman has been appointed the head of Dior in Paris: Maria Grazia Chiuri mixes embroidery with elasticized suspenders and evokes the character of women referring to Bebe Vio. It is aristocracy with a throbbing beat.
You are the one true prince: Machiavelli would like to return and write about you. The whole world dreams of being like you. You have to want more, dream more – and love more. More than what you are already doing, even if it’s already a lot more than what the rest of the world is doing. I believe in you. Tomorrow, in battle, think of me. I’m here for you, with eyes and arms wide open. Your every breath will become breathless. Your every smile will become a kiss. You are the only possible aristocracy.
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