The owner of the small and medium sized enterprise, man of the year


A bit of a martyr, a bit of a hero, stubborn, pig-headed, independent, proud. Sometimes suicidal. Sometimes fleeing abroad, to Switzerland, to Carinthia in Austria, to save the company and its employees. Mingling with labourers and office workers, hes one of them. The owner of the Italian small and medium sized enterprise, is the man of the year. Hes a modern day Saint Sebastian, tormented by the highest taxes in the West, by the tax collecting agency, Equitalia, by Kafkaesque bureaucratic requirements. In credit in relation to the State that is however insisting on payment in advance on the basis of presumed profits. With IRAP {regional tax on production} hes even taxed if hes making a loss. Loathed by the banks. Hes a workhorse working for the State up until August and in the months after that hes working for himself and his family. A greedy State, that is at one and the same time post-Soviet and ultra-capitalist, that absorbs his energy like a bloodsucker. This type of man who is believing in a future in the midst of a reality that is like a daily nightmare, and hes doing this with unbelievable obstinacy when the others have already thrown in the sponge, he is living an isolated life in this country. Hes an endangered species, supported by left wing parties that have always been clinging on to the udders of the concessionaries, of the State contracts and of the cooperatives, betrayed by the right wing that is often corrupting and mafia-like, a friend and provider of fodder for the big enterprises with ad hoc laws and funds for laid off workers. Its difficult for him to give up and when he does, with a rope round his neck or a single pistol shot in his office, its not an action of surrender but of protest. He throws his own life into the face of the ones who have never worked, taken risks, taken bets on their own dreams paying for their choices with their own body. Without assistance and proud of not having to ask for it. Hes a fighter who seems to have been voted a martyr, but one who is fighting for everyone, even his adversaries. Without him, the country would be blown out like a candle. Without the network of small and medium sized companies wed just have the banks without deposits, the public employees without salaries and the pensioners without pensions. A desert of which we already have signals that are ignored by the parasites of the Nation. People that have never got their hands dirty in a factory or who have never spent sleepless nights trying to get their accounts to balance. The owner of the small and medium sized enterprise is the heart that keeps alive this devastated body that is called Italy. If he were to get tired, no one could blame him. Touch!

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