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.


zimboe Dec 13, 2017 9:10 AM Permalink

I am so heartily sick and tired of the brainless  pappekak* that passes for public debate these days....I would like to point out a non soft-shit point of debate:BULLETS CURE STUPID.Get ready, you witless corrosive sloats. Your day's end approaches. You have forfeited your place under the sun with your perfidy.Ref James Brown, "The Big Payback":"I dont't know Karate, but I know K-razor!" *the term "poppycock' or Pappecak" translates into the Dutch literally as "Soft shit".Heh. Heheh.

William Dorritt Dec 13, 2017 8:30 AM Permalink

The last time Italy was FascistCommunists were driven from powerThe mafia went extinctUniversal literacy was implementedThe communists were defeated in Spain with Italian soldiersSchools, roads, irrigation systems, and hospitals were builtThe Parasite Class was scraped off of the populationItaly pulled out of the depressionN. Africa was reclaimed from the Arab Muslim Turkish invadersItaly begged France and England to join them in opposing Hitler and were rejectedS. Italy an attempt was made at reforestation of some areasSadly "energy independence" drive resulted in deforestation and destruction of old growth forestsThe trains ran on time.Zero Jews were deported to concentration campsThe destruction of Roman ruins was halted and preservation efforts begun  

ConfederateH Dec 13, 2017 7:09 AM Permalink

So Emanuel Fiano's father Nedo survived Auschwitz for 2 years and made it through alive. It must have been another of those brutally efficient Nazi killing machines that kept him alive while Germans were starving.  Color me not surprised. I cannot find anything about his "family" that "didn't make it" though.

JailBanksters Dec 13, 2017 6:47 AM Permalink

I love a good Facsist story, it brings out the best of worst in the MafiaThe whole world would be so much better run by Facsists, just dump capitalism , communism and the world should be run by Corporations for the benefit of the Corporations. The world has turned to pot with capitalism and communism, so time for a change of pace. 

Sudden Debt Dec 13, 2017 4:35 AM Permalink

Socialisme will not end because total bankruptcy.Then there will be a crisisThen there will be crackdownsThen there will be revolutionThen there will be blood on the streetsthen there's a 5% chance of change.

Joe A Dec 13, 2017 4:21 AM Permalink

Well, since the military as well as the police often see themselves as the "savior of the fatherland", people working there tend to be autohoritive, traditional, conservative and sometimes extreme right. Next to thinking they are Napoleon because they wear an uniform.Add to this a country where politics is very partisan and polarized with little tradition of consensus politics and broad spectrum coalitions, then you have a recipe for potentially dangerous situations when a crisis emerges. And when that happens, people tend to become very autohoritive, traditional, conservative and sometimes extreme right themselves. The same goes for Spain or any country that did not receive the blessings of the reformation and classic liberalism.

Zepper Dec 13, 2017 4:06 AM Permalink

Italy has always been a swamp. They are the creators of swamps. All the politicians there are there because they know someone and they are the real mafia. You have a justice system that is fucking screwed. It should be called the injustice system. This is where the U.S. and all western nations are heading. Democracies do not work, plain and simple... and no it is not the best system out there... as we seen tonight, Moore won the election hands down but the vote counters are ALL FUCKING REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS! Its like having your votes counted by your FUCKING ENEMIES! LIES, DECEIT thats all these fucks in Italy as well as the U.S. know how to do. As long as the swamp reigns supreme... VIVE LA SWAMP! These people and all their families should be taken down to the town square and be tarred and feathered... with SUPER HOT TAR!!!!

Diplodicus Rex Dec 13, 2017 3:36 AM Permalink

There's something wrong with that video. Why is there a break from looking at the building as a whole to looking at the flag rather than a gradual zoomin in? Why is the whole building in darkness apart from a highly illuminated flag and a poster on the wall? Why is there no zooming in the daylight part at the end of the video? Given the distance from the person taking the video on their phone, the image of the flag is pin sharp, not the fuzzy, shaky image you'd expect from a mobile phone. I count four different window on the video with either the flag or the poster or both. Are we to believe that the flags and posters are all pinned on the exact locations on the wall so that from the camera angle they can all be seen simultaneously from one location?Not convinced.

HenryKissinger… Ghordius Dec 13, 2017 10:33 AM Permalink

some German Flags are forbidden in Germanythere is nothing official listing the symbols, i.e. (((they))) can interpret whatever they want, like for example a crossed swastika (anti nazzi jobless hippies) can and HAS BEEN considered nazi, even a NEW "germany" flag can be considered nazi if they wish Haus-Targaryen flag ...

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Ghordius Dec 13, 2017 3:29 AM Permalink

"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."

and what medical treatment is not covered by the Italian public health care system? Italians moan much more about how much non-prescripted medicines cost, and those are cheap

three meals a day? Italy? basic items? Italy? 10% live a basic life, yes. now, the Italian definition of a basic life...

Bananamerican Dec 13, 2017 3:10 AM Permalink

What's happening here (and all across the West for that matter) is the ongoing struggle between the Patriots of the Nation-States and the Leftist proponents of Globalism/One World.Anyone of European heritage in the West who resists the PC ideological demands of the New World Order, or who retains a patriotic impulse or a preference for the Culture of his forefathers, is now branded as a Nazi™, Fascist™, Klansman™, Racist™, or White-Supremacist etc...

Ghordius Dec 13, 2017 2:43 AM Permalink

"this fourth consecutive non-elected government"

LOL. non-elected? the Italian Parliament is elected. and it has the executive of it's choice

see Germany. same, at the moment. see Spain, see Belgium for over one year, lately

JohnGaltUk HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Dec 13, 2017 5:52 AM Permalink

What surprises me is how long this has gone on for in Italy, France, Spain, Greece and Portugal.The vibe here in the UK is not good. You would have thought that after the riots of 2011 politicians would be a bit softly softly but no, politicians here are openly working against BREXIT. The press painted the 2011 riots as a bunch of opportunistic criminals but many of them were students that had given their vote to Nick Clegg (SD) because he promised no increase in student fees and then the first thing he did when he got a wiff of power. He teamed up with the Torys and increased student fees. Folks are sick and tired of having their votes STOLEN by FRAUD.You would have thought that after the Jo Cox incident that they would have woken up. The press tried to paint Thomas Mair as a right wing nut job because he had a copy of Mien Kampf in his bedroom next to his winegums but he was a patriot.Thomas Jefferson was correct;When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state, and calls for an exercise of the power of dissolution.”“what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground

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Haus-Targaryen Arnold Dec 13, 2017 5:40 AM Permalink

No sir, that role goes to German politicians, if you can even call them Germans or politicians.  They stab their own people, their own constituents in the back over and over and over again, not even for their own benefit but for the benefit of the EU and further "European Integration".  I'd much rather have a bunch of corrupt assholes walking around taking bribes and doing generally nothing if that allowed Germany to be Germany, but we have it one worse -- German politicians walk around corrupt as a Sicilian traffic cop -- and doing everything they can to make Germany less German. The day of the rope cannot come fast enough. 

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Arnold Dec 13, 2017 3:07 AM Permalink

Oh to be sure, the rat commie bastards are in the US, muckraking.

I don't see this ending well until one side wins. Ridiculous that the US has been infested with commie vermin.

Frankly I just want to be left alone to live my life. I would rather not be financially assraped by every politician from the city-level up to the supersized-gator level in DC.

Leave me the fuck alone and get off my lawn! Dammit, I am calling the POPO to tell them about this shit!

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Ghordius css1971 Dec 13, 2017 3:46 AM 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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SoDamnMad Dec 13, 2017 2:17 AM 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?

julian_n Dec 13, 2017 2:13 AM 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.

Pandelis Ghordius Dec 13, 2017 2:47 AM 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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