Rational Fascism by Michael Parenti

Fascism

Image by Henrik Ström via Flickr

by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.michaelparenti.org, 1997
Originally posted: June 22, 2011
August 10, 2017

Excerpted from Chapter 1 of Blackshirts and Reds

While walking through New York’s Little Italy, I passed a novelty shop that displayed posters and T-shirts of Benito Mussolini giving the fascist salute. When I entered the shop and asked the clerk why such items were being offered, he replied, “Well, some people like them. And, you know, maybe we need someone like Mussolini in this country.” His comment was a reminder that fascism survives as something more than a historical curiosity.

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