La Piovra

There was a TV series in Italy about the long and mostly futile struggle against the Mafia in Sicily, entitled “La Piovra”, the Italian word for octopus and a colloquial term for the Mafia, which extends its tentacles everywhere, pervasively corrupting and degrading Italian society.

There are a number of excerpts on YouTube, and not understanding Italian I don’t know the significance of them, but this one seems to be key, showing the murder of the hero, his run of luck and bravery fighting the Mafia coming to an end-

The genius of our own “La Piovra” is that it’s not only completely legal, it’s supported by the most respectable and supposedly moral figures in society and the lawyers and judges not only don’t fight it, don’t merely tolerate or participate in it they are it.

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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