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07/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Italy Is Not A Meritocracy But A Highly-Evolved Feudal Society: New York Times

I got a call last week from an Italian friend, an investigative reporter. He had just spoken to an Italian magistrate who wanted to sound out a theory.

The magistrate wondered -- in all seriousness -- if my recent article in The New York Times about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's personal life could be evidence that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, envious of Mr. Berlusconi's media empire, was using me to take down the prime minister.

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