Italy Elects Fascist Again

Last Time Italy Elected Fascists

Regular readers know I try to stay out of commenting on international politics, it is not my wheelhouse, I don’t understand the dynamics, and it is generally not my place to comment. Hell, according to critics, I don’t unnnerstan ‘Murika, either, and there’s something to be said for that. But I digest…

That said, Italy electing an avowed fascist is alarming.

(CNN)Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni has claimed victory in a general election that seems set to install her as Italy’s first female prime minister, leading the most far-right government since the fascist era of Benito Mussolini.

Addressing the media and supporters in the early hours of Monday morning, Meloni said it was “a night of pride for many and a night of redemption.”

“It’s a victory I want to dedicate to everyone who is no longer with us and wanted this night,” she said. “Starting tomorrow we have to show our value … Italians chose us, and we will not betray it, as we never have,” she said.

Preliminary results put an alliance of far-right parties, led by Meloni’s ultraconservative Brothers of Italy party, on track to win at least 44% of the vote, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.

With 63% of votes counted, the Brothers of Italy party had won at least 26%, with coalition partners the League, led by Matteo Salvini, taking around 9% and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia scoring over 8%. Final results are expected later Monday, but it’s expected to take weeks for a new government to be formed.

So what do they want? Why do we say it is fascistic?

Meloni entered Italy’s crowded political scene in 2006 and co-founded the Brothers of Italy in 2012, a party whose agenda is rooted in Euroskepticism and anti-immigration policies.

Sound familiar? Yeah, I think so too.

The AP:

Italy’s lurch to the far right immediately shifted Europe’s geopolitics, placing the euroskeptic far-right Brothers of Italy in position to lead a founding member of the European Union and its third-largest economy. The shift in Italy follows a similar right-wing victory in Sweden and recent gains by the far-right in France and Spain.

Right-wing leaders across Europe immediately hailed the 45-year-old Meloni’s victory as sending a historic, nationalist message to Brussels, while Italy’s left warned of “dark days” ahead and vowed to keep Italy in the heart of Europe.

And now, a nuanced take:

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8 Responses to Italy Elects Fascist Again

  1. w3ski4me says:

    Really a sad thing how no one applies history to current events. We have been down this road before, but here we are again? I was far from a good student, but even I know what happened in countries led by fascists.
    w3ski

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  2. Buttermilk Sky says:

    Well, it’s Italy. They’ll probably have a new government by January.

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    • Richard Portman says:

      Yes. I am concerned, but i don’t understand Italian politics. I underestimated that Bolsonaro and look at the damage he has done.

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  3. beckymaenot says:

    Apparently the US isn’t the only place where people want a strong man. This is what the politics of fear gets you.

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  4. HarpoSnarx says:

    Looks like the Dummkopfs of planet Earth want to re-live the History Channel . . . Doktor Zais, Doktor Zais, Doktor Zais . . .

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  5. RevZafod says:

    Will the trains run on time?

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  6. ali redford says:

    Well, crap.

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  7. Richard Portman says:

    Well, goodbye Italy, and thanks for the pizza. Also thanks for the alphabet.
    We adored the Etruscans. They were like Italians, only more intelligent.

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