Mussolini Fascism

 Ironically, Mussolini's fascism sounded alot like Trumps and a whole slew of modern progressive thought. It put all the ideas in a bag, hoping to catch the undecided, uncommitted, and unraveling.  Once everyone bought in, the bag was thrown into the river, like a sack full of cats.

The Fascist program, issued two months later, was a curious mixture

of veterans’ patriotism and radical social experiment, a kind of “national

socialism.” On the national side, it called for fulfilling Italian expansionist

aims in the Balkans and around the Mediterranean that had just been

frustrated a few months before at the Paris Peace Conference. On the

radical side, it proposed women’s suffrage and the vote at eighteen, 

abolition of the upper house, convocation of a constituent assembly 

to draft a new constitution for Italy (presumably without the monarchy), 

the eighthour workday, worker participation in “the technical management of industry,” 

the “partial expropriation of all kinds of wealth” by a heavy and

progressive tax on capital, the seizure of certain Church properties, and

the confiscation of 85 percent of war profits.

Mussolini’s movement was not limited to nationalism and assaults on

property. It boiled with the readiness for violent action, anti-intellectualism, 

rejection of compromise, and contempt for established society that

marked the three groups who made up the bulk of his first followers—

demobilized war veterans, pro-war syndicalists, and Futurist intellectuals


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