Italy is second in Europe, preceded only by Turkey, in the un honorable ranking of functional illiteracy. 28% of Italians, although they seem able to read and write, have difficulty understanding simple texts, such as the instruction booklet of a mobile phone, and are lacking in many useful skills in everyday life. They are functional illiterates. No European nation has such a high number of them. And it is seen in politics, where, in the face of those who are lined up with good reason, this 28 percent determines the victory or defeat of a party, a government, a nation .