Italian fascists are pushing back and they are not too far

Sorry to have such a eye-catching title, but that’s not cool, way not cool.
After coming back from a nice business week in Italy, once again appreciating the good weather, people and food of my city, Rome, I sadly had once again to see how my beloved home country, Italy, is going in a direction I really was fearing.

Recently, Berlusconi’s Italian government has started the legalization process for a best practice of Italian of Fascism: during those 20 years, self organized fascist citizen patrols were referred as  “squadre” for a phenomenon called “squadrismo”, meaning having a sort of non military vigilantes all around the Italian territory. Those phenomenon shortly lead to the diffusion of Blackshirts which performed politic cleaning, opening the road for the state Fascism and the march on Rome.

The government, constantly leveraging old racist fears, was almost forced by Lega Nord (the secessionist north Italy party) to legalize local “Ronde” (patrols) by the so called “Camicie Verdi” (green shirts),  which are mainly northern Lega Nord followers who desire to promote some old fashioned self social security model.

But what has convinced me it was the time to post about what was just a dangerous and annoying thought until now, is the fact that the Italian National Guard  (very similar to Mussolini’s Italian National Republic Guard), a neo-fascist NPO managed by ex-convicted characters and ex-army figures is claiming to have at least 2k people ready to be sent in the street in complete legality when the new security law will complete its approval process going back to the Senate.

It does not take a genious to see where this is going: Berlusconi already had a 5 years bullet-proof legislation in which he consolidated media control and economic power, now it’s time wants to complete his masterpiece, Italy under his complete power, before the end of this one. Not that I was not expecting it, maybe I was just not expecting it to happen so fast.

I don’t think I’m an alarmist here saying that we need to do something for our country, Italy, and especially if you live abroad like me, this can be very difficult if we approach it in the classical italian way: each one on his own, and let’s hope in a better future. We need to create a critical communication mass to tell the world what’s actually going on in Italy, have international attention on the topic so that this and the many other neo-con and neo-fascist activities of this government are stopped.

I really see not that much difference from what’s going on in Italy and what happened so many times in the past and all over the world: Berlusconi might be a bit more charmy and wearing italian clothes, but, world, don’t let yourself fooled. He’s just a very smart guy, doing his own interest and driving

I’m sure Mr. Obama won’t , in the day of Berlusconi’s visit to the White House, he should ask him something like :

How come, Mr.Berlusconi, you’re trying to legalize and re-create that fascist movement my country has spent so many lives for helping you in eradicating it?

In general, everyone Italian and foreigner, should ask himself:

what is the big difference between what’s going on in Italy and the pattern we have learned from history on how most dictatorships have begun?

Sorry but I can’t see any: here we have media control, fear based politics (communists or immigrates or you tell me the next one), army deployed all over italy (for security reasons), now we also have legal Fascist “squadre” that in a short time are going to give you a warm welcome when you go to Italy.

A refreshing touch of history, back to the latest dark age of our country. A blog post is the least anyone should do (still searching for something more effective) to spread this message, raise critics and move public opinion towards a modern view of society, instead of digging in too-recent-to-be-forgotten extreme political measures.

I’m seriously worried.

4 thoughts on “Italian fascists are pushing back and they are not too far

  1. Hi Gab,

    far from me trying to convince you to change your mind. I’m not convinced about this law neither. But still I feel that information must be balanced, that nor your truth nor mine is the absolute truth, and so it’s better for both to cohexist here 🙂

    The only party I’ve ever been subscribed is Pannella’s Radical Party, yes, that one that used to give hashish to people on the street to ask its legalization in Italy, I also paid money on the non-probitionist site. Non-violence is a must for me (I never had a fight, not even in elementary school), I’m a novel buddhist, so far from me being a fascist.

    I do understand your fears, and I partially share some of them, but at the same time there is also a way too large movement against Berlusconi as a person and fearing things from a far far away past.

    The recent law is legalizing what in many other respectable and never-been-fascist countries is called “Neighborhood watch”, that is groups of volunteers, *without any kind of weapons*, that self organize to go around in a quarter and eventually call police if they see something wrong.

    There is no restriction on which party these people are, if democrats feel like too many of these groups are from the right side of the parliament, they are free to organize their own. If that was the case, someone else on some other blog could call them Stalinists.

    They are not granted any right to do anything police can, they can ONLY call police if they notice something strange going on.

    Probably, living in a much more peaceful country, you missed the fact that we had an incredible number of crimes in Rome, expecially rapes and kidnapping, and that situation is far out of control. I must admit I can feel the fear of going around in some places, despite the fact that I’m a 30 year old man, and cannot even imagine being a young woman.

    The fact that a totalitarian party existed 60 years ago in Italy, and he used a lot of common-sense things as tools for his own benefit, does not mean that those things are bad by themself. For example, Mussolini won the elections, that is not a way to say that elections are a fascist thing.

    We, in Italy, have a cultural tendency to make such kind of “nothing or all” judgements. For example, for those readers who does not know, we voted a law to close all the nuclear power plants in Italy just a few months after the Chernobyl incident … we are way too emotional when it comes to judge history. After years from that accident, we all know it was a bad move, it was the only nuclear incident in 50 years, it was in a very bad manteined central, just a few years before all that economic system collapsed, there are nuclear plant in France just a few kilometers away from our cities, and we spend the equivalent of 9 billion euros to shut those nuclear systems off.

    Probably the same is happening with this thing.

    (also, I rellay don’t understand why and how this was forbidden before, and even why it has to be legalized. I’m pretty sure that in any other (civilized) country in the world, a group of citizen can freely set up a schedule, go around their houses, and call police if they notice something strange, without the need of a goverment to write it in a law, and people against that party to call out the fascist fear.)

    Regarding what you write about the “army deployed all over italy”, my office (as you well know) is quite near a number of embassies. There used to be a police squad in front of each of this embassies (much much time before Berlusconi entered politics). Now, these people is there doing nothing, they are just there to grant protection to those embassies. People inside those embassies ask for them. We have a “sort of” army in Italy, we are forbidden to have a real one. The army was doing nothing in the barracks, police was doing nothing in front of the embassies, they just moved the army to do nothing in front of the embassies, and the police back on the street to raise tickets on the car parked badly.

    Again they are manipulating … they are manipulating you and are manipulating me. Of the thousands really important things that are bringing this country down the list, they need to have us talk about this relatively stupid ones, so that they fill newpapers (and blogs) with it instead of talking about all the rest.


  2. Berlusconi apart (which is an embarrassment for Italy and an insult for all the people who died to bring democracy in Italy), I believe this “Italian National Guard” is just an attempt to hide the problems under the carpet.

    It happens everywhere, by the way. When something bad happens in Italy, it’s immigrants, or roms, fault. Here in Germany, they are probably Turkish, or neonazis, or italiani mafiosi, of course. It’s always somebody else, somebody “different”, and of course “regular police” has hard times controlling these outsiders.

    In this sense I believe the “national guards” are, at the moment, just regime propaganda.


  3. Ciao Simo,
    far from me to make it a Berlusconi-centric question, approach that brought the Italian left party where it’s now, and happy to share and always discuss on different views on the topic.

    My main focus here is to call things with proper names, and ideally to try and start reverting this unstoppable process for which, in Italy like in other European countries, “everything is normal and accepted” mostly for a general disinterest in the politic scene or lack of proper information.

    And, sorry, I can’t how the effects of appeasement ( policies in history while people are left free to create their own substructure until it’s realized that coexistence is not possible, that is typically too late and after the non return point.

    I don’t like the concept of “Neighborhood watch” reminds me too much of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Big Brother scenarios and sincerely, if we choose to live in a non anarchic country (which may not be the best choice) then I want selected people, trained, truly apolitic, and knowledgeable of my penal/civil code to protect me against others.

    Maybe I’m a bit exaggerated in the “army deployed all over Italy” sentence, but every time I get back to Italy I see more corners full of police and army, and hearing of more dangerous things like policemen in Universities and normal working place. Not saying they are not doing Italian people good, but it’s another point to take into account when thinking of pessimistic evolutions of our Government and welfare.

    Back to your first sentence: I’ve never fought anyone either and I’d love to keep it non violent, but it seems to me quite naive thinking that they will just call the police…

    think about them meeting a Romanian or a group of left wing anarchist in a properly hidden place during night time?

    I’m sorry but I can’t see it that useful…


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