All Of A Sudden, Fascists Are Everywhere In Italy


Headlines were made in Italy a few days ago when a “casual, unidentified photographer” happened to walk in the streets of Florence and had the uncanny ability of taking a snapshot of an inside wall of the Carabinieri barracks that are literally steps away from the city center.

The flag was not hanging outside a window, as it was inside the private dormitory of military personnel, but it could be partially visible from the outside as the window was open.

The drums of politically correct outrage (“a nazi flag in a Carabinieri barrack”) started beating in the media, and the frontrunner of this public outcry was the Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti.

Pinotti is another minister, in this fourth consecutive non-elected government of Italy, for which one comes to wonder (not knowing Italy, of course) how she became head of such a sensitive department. According to her official resumé, she started her political career “from the bottom”, within her party, that is the old Communist Party of Italy (PCI) which then transformed itself into the now Partito Democratico. With a degree in Humanities, she became a teacher in secondary schools, and worked her way up the ladder of local politics in the Genoa district. So much for an extensive and consolidated expertise in military affairs.

The day after the first headlines, somebody started to question the minister’s knowledge not just about the single episode, but about flags and symbols in general. She joined the public outcry without the slightest investigation into the case, after having heard from the news that “a Nazi flag”, was “spotted” at a Carabinieri barrack in Florence. It turns out that the flag is simply a historic Reichskriegsflagge of Germany’s Imperial Navy, never used by the Nazi regime (1933-1945).

Pinotti makes no apologies for her lack of knowledge about historical flags nor for her impromptu behaviour, which, given her official position with direct jurisdiction over the Carabinieri (which is a military corp) would have called for a more careful investigation prior to an expected official statement. “It’s a flag often seen at neo-Nazi rallies in Germany”, quips the minister, and that’s enough to satisfy her ego and to placate the politically correct media.

Much ado about nothing, then? Not quite. The episode is only the latest of a trend that is picking up momentum in Italy. Without boring the reader with extensive socio-anthropological dissertations, the explanation of this latest witch-hunt (or “fascist-hunt”, if you will) could be dramatically simple. The center-left coalition forming the fourth-in-a-row-non-elected Italian government is perceiving a looming defeat in the upcoming general elections of 2018, and is taking countermeasures.

Recent local elections in various parts of Italy have firmly confirmed that even in traditionally leftist areas of Italy the forced invasion of “migrants” from Africa is a disaster and a threat to the welfare of Italians, especially those of lower classes, therefore a new “enemy” capable of recreating a credible coalition had to be found, and in a hurry. So why not bring back to life the “good-ol” ghost of fascism always looming in Italian political life? After all, good zealots (or useful idiots) to this cause can always be recruited.

Italy still has a plethora of associations of “veterans”, whose existence is guaranteed by generous, if not lavish, state funding. Some of these associations are anachronistic if not outright ridiculous. It goes from the “Veterans of Garibaldi” (19th century) to the “Veterans of the anti-fascist war in Spain” (1930’s), to “Federation of volunteers for freedom” to others whose name would require a line just to copy. You may wonder what’s the use for the government for all these “veterans”, whose actions in the battlefields for the cause of “freedom” is not to be questioned.

You guessed right. All these associations simply constitute a sure reservoir of votes for a center-left government, and as such, they must be kept alive with public money, and lots of it. Then you have, at the forefront of these groups, federations, associations and what not, the leader group: ANPI (Associazione Nazionale Partigiani Italiani), the Partisans who fought fascism in the civil war between September 1943 and the spring of 1945. ANPI can be compared to Pavlov’s dogs: whenever the word “fascism” is heard, ANPI can be called for action to reestablish the dogma of truth with uncompromising faith and devotion to the cause of “antifascism”.

Never mind that anagraphical reasons would suggest that all these partisans should all be gone or have reached an age in which “militant political activities” would be discouraged by their geriatric doctors. All these associations have found the “rightful heirs” willing to pass on the torch of truth and justice (and get the money) for future generations.

Finally, you have those like Laura Boldrini and Emanuele Fiano who have made “militant antifascism” more than a cause, a personal obsession. “Presidentessa” Boldrini, with a keen sense of reality, has gone as far as to call upon a sort of tabula rasa toward all public buildings dating back to the fascist period: practically entire sections of Italian cities would be demolished, from train stations to public libraries and schools, not to mention the headquarters of ministers and even of the Italian postal service.

Emanuele Fiano is on a personal crusade. He comes from a Jewish family and his father was the sole survivor of the entire family deported to Auschwitz. His political history has gone from being a Jewish activist to be nominated in the Italian chamber of deputies member of PD (Democratic Party). In September 2017 the Italian parliament approved a law, introduced by Fiano, that would make illegal for anyone to display “any” sign of propaganda related to the fascist regime, whether it has to do with the production and distribution of any object that can be related to Fascism or showing on “public display of Fascist signs” like (we imagine) raising your right arm above a certain height in what may be considered a fascist salute, even if you are simply asking for a cappuccino. Such heinous criminal acts can be punished with jail terms ranging from six months to two years.

Italy has well over 7 million of its citizens officially classified in a “condition of absolute or near absolute poverty”. Translated in simple English, it means that more 10% of Italians cannot have the “luxury” of three decent meals a day, buy basic items, afford a dentist or a medical treatment not covered by the public health care system. More and more Italians, even many who had a relatively middle-class status until only a few years ago are now forced to ask for basic food items at the various charity centers.

But “Presidentessa” Boldrini and Emanuele Fiano cannot waste their precious time on these trivialities. They are set on a mission (and paid well over €10 000 EUR/month by Italian taxpayers for their mission) to finally rid Italy of any nefarious memory of an evil past. When their mission is accomplished, and each and every sign of fascism has been erased, we are sure that poverty in Italy will also disappear, and social justice will triumph.

Every Italian is therefore duly warned: if next elections bring defeat to the present never-elected center-left coalition and all their “veterans”, Fascism is assured to be back in Italy, just waiting outside the door.


Escrava Isaura Five Star Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:51 Permalink

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Article: Italy has well over 7 million of its citizens officially classified in a “condition of absolute or near absolute poverty”. Translated in simple English, it means that more 10% of Italians cannot have the “luxury” of three decent meals a day, buy basic items, afford a dentist or a medical treatment not covered by the public health care system. Who cares about fascism. Fascism is a symptom that comes from the right. Fascism is a byproduct of failing capitalism. Inequality is the problem. It can be solved by taxing the higher income and placing the tax-havens in jail. You don’t need to kill Jews, liberals, or hypocrites conservatives. You just need to tax them at high and higher rate.  

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zob2020 Escrava Isaura Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:44 Permalink

Fascism is a left ideology. Not right. Just look up Giovanni Gentile. A leftist who created fascism. Or Mussolini for that matter who began as a social democrat but wanted more authoritariansim for which fascism is the naural next step.The left is of course ellergic to this information as they do not want anyone to know fascisms origins.

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Joe A Ofelas Wed, 12/13/2017 - 04:53 Permalink

Berlusconi was dead against that intervention. He paid Ghadaffi nicely to stop migrants from coming to Europe and with that Berlusconi did Europe a big favor. Then that whole thing with Ghadaffi was taken over by the French and the Brits with support of the Americans when France and Britain ran out of bombs.The reality now is that Italy has lost influence and business in Libya. Another result is that the migrants are making the passage again or end up on a slave market. Now both France and Germany are unilaterally (again) trying to carve out a migrant deal which the rest of Europe then needs to accept. Out of "European solidarity" of course.Italy is paying a big price for being against that war.

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wildbad Joe A Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:28 Permalink

yes Joe-A, true that.

These anti-Facists are just like the anti-Fascists being funded around the USA and Germany today.

Whereas the fasicts of the 30's (Mussolini, Hitler, Franco) came from the right the neuvo-Fascisti are very left bent. They have never changed their orientation and have failed to realize that the world around them has rotated 180° and that the groups they are associated with are the ones employing fascist tactics andpromoting socialist / communist ideologies.

The Demononcrats in the USA today are not anything like the Roosevelt / Kennedy democrats of the 30's to 60's. They kept the labels and moved the Overton view to look east instead of west.

I'm glad that soros will soon be dead and I hope with that event his greed based destructive machine will dwindle.

Brzynski is dead, Rockefeller is dead.

In this Christmas season we should look back on some of the positive things that have happened this year.

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JohnGaltUk Joe A Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:35 Permalink

I was no fan of Ghadaffi. I saw the video online where he was anally raped by a "freedom fighter".HRC said, "we came, we saw, he died, he he he he". My wish is that the USA collapses and I see that loathesome maggot get anally raped by some hillbilly she screwed over he he he he.Berlusconi was replaced by the EU because he wanted to take Italy out of the Euro.The west now don't even trouble them selves with the court process anymore. If they think you are not on the same side, or you look shady, they now have the right to drone the f*** out of you and your family or a wedding party.This is what the end of an Empire looks like.Bye Freedom, Bye Liberty, Bye Justice. The Banksters will get justice because they paid for it.

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Ghordius Haus-Targaryen Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:55 Permalink

guys... yes. fathers, though... have to care for so that their kids can have dreams, too

my offer to your kids (too) is the Blue/Gold flag of Brotherhood of European Nation States. in Peace Among Europeans

and they can debate their whole life about the details, and "how much"

may they be productive and live a fulfilled life, and make the best out of it

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Haus-Targaryen Ghordius Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:45 Permalink

I offer a Europe where the French can be French, the Germans German, the Spanish Spanish and the Italians Italian.  Your "Europe" is the destruction of the various civilizations that made Europe great with the idea of merging them all into a single entity via a stream of constant propaganda and importing millions of savages.  

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Ghordius Haus-Targaryen Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:39 Permalink

"I offer a Europe where the French can be French, the Germans German, the Spanish Spanish and the Italians Italian."now you are bullshitting. where the heck does the current EU not offer exactly that?and... you are, after all those years, again projecting on me a kind of Federalism like Schultz'swith a bit of that "destruction of civilization" thrown it for good measure because the Alt-Right-At-Home likes it so muchand... when are you becoming a German?what a poser you are, at times

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ConfederateH Ghordius Wed, 12/13/2017 - 08:01 Permalink

"my offer to your kids (too) is the Blue/Gold flag of Brotherhood of European Nation States. in Peace Among Europeans and they can debate their whole life about the details, and "how much" may they be productive and live a fulfilled life, and make the best out of it."

Brotherhood?  Try selling that to Greeks. Ghordius, your lies died with any hope for "Peace among Europeans" when you helped cram Maastrict down the throats of the stupid goyim.  You are a snake in the grass. 

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Pandelis Ghordius Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:47 Permalink

don't be so sure about it ... all of this talk with that clown creating a party (trump style) ... the banking problems they keep reminding us (you know north and south europe bs) ... monte de piachi (that old scam bank) problems to name just a few ... something is definitely brewing ... will see what they will cook at the end, but your lunch is getting ready thats for sure. these guys work with 50-100 years in advance.

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julian_n Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:13 Permalink

That guy on the left with four stars on his shoulders and 18 medals.  18 medals.  WTF?  Must be nearly as brave as Gadaffi with all that chest iron.

SoDamnMad Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:17 Permalink

Looking at the photo of this woman  who surely braved sniper fire when departing her airplane in Bosnia, I look at the generals to her left and behind her.They look too young to be WWII veterans so tell me for what did Italian generals do to be awarded so many medals?

Ghordius css1971 Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:46 Permalink

you mean this Italian Military Police officer took the past "Reich" Imperial War Flag... as an inofficial EU War Flag?

now that's a thought. indeed, if we build up units in common... we'd have to give them a War Flag

and it would be consistent to have the Eagle on it. I mean, even Russia has the same Roman/Black Eagle, though both the Austrian and the Russian versions are double-headed

"gold, a black eagle". now, that would do

edit: as expected, ZH's readership this morning has no sense for irony or humour. or, as Napoleon (another "Eagle Sportsman") said about the Brits, "no sense for history". meh. in another article, 60+ "likes" for stuff like "If europeans dislike something, it must be good..."

face it, Dear American Cousins, Dear English Cousins, Dear Central/Eastern European Cousins:

You Can't Have It Both Ways... All The Time

either NATO... or Western European Self Defense Forces. and this choice... is made more in Washington (and Moscow) then here

pass the popcorn, please

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