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Change the order of priorities in economic policy, tackle the hassles of development, give culture and research the place they deserve, and get rid of an encrusted bureaucratic mentality and an overly regulated framework. Giorgio Napolitano calls for two-line laws. More importantly, with just a couple of strokes, he paints the required framework for Italy’s (possible) future development and sends a strong message to Mario Monti’s government. In front of an attentive audience that demanded concreteness, civil passion and political vision marked the head of state’s latest speech at the Eliseo Theater, in Rome, during the Estates General on Culture. The event (promoted by Il Sole 24 Ore, the Lincean Academy and the Treccani encyclopedia) represents a point of no return on key aspects of Italy’s artistic and cultural heritage, the protection of its territory and the lost primacy of science, innovation and research in general.

No one—much less Napolitano, who expressly mentioned it—can ignore the delicacy of the Italian situation in terms of public finance and the (mandatory) need to effectively utilize the country’s renewed credibility on the markets, thanks to the Monti government. No one, however, even in this government can be allowed to “persist” in wasting our artistic and cultural heritage and in the sytematic destruction of the scientific capital inherent in research and the industrial culture of this country. No one, not even Professor Monti and his government, should be allowed to remain inactive before the civil emergency represented by bad bureaucracy simply because it paralyzes everything. It makes us lose the little we have and pushes away that which we could attract. On this point, having a researcher and servant of the state lower her voice to discuss the value of Ilaria Capua (as happened yesterday) and implore the head of state to take steps that might force her to send home 40 temporary researchers out of the 70 that compose her staff should be indicative.

For a publication like Il Sole 24 Ore that, in difficult times (February 19, 2012), launched a manifesto for culture and called for a lasting turnaround in the economic policy of this country, the turmoil, the unrest, the common sense and the protests that yesterday animated the Estates General on Culture are the most authoritative confirmation of the need to act on fiscal policies that support the real economy, putting the focus on the talent of our young people and our (true) knowledge.

Napolitano is right: the politically responsible thing is to choose, is to say no in order to later say some (important) yeses. In our opinion, there are three urgent yeses to be said concerning research, simplification and protection of important pieces of our cultural and artistic heritage. The Monti government is not liable for the faults and the delays of the past but now has the duty to address these issues. It should do this by using the stability law and with an ad hoc decree, not a draft law, for simplification. The future sometimes comes at zero cost, but it cannot (ever) be built through inertia. We cannot continue to buy time. It’s now time to act.