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President Joe Biden spoke at the United Nations on Wednesday. Surprisingly, he defended nationalism — in Ukraine: “This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people.” he said.

For some reason, when non-Ukrainian Europeans fight “to exist as a people,” they don’t get the same praise. (Of course, Western journalists didn’t celebrate the Ukrainian nationalist movement or its supporters before the invasion.)

We’ll see a test of President Biden’s apparent support for nationalism after the Italian elections on Sunday. A coalition led by the “Brothers of Italy” (Fdl) party is set to win. The conservative parties, including Matteo Salvini’s Lega and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, are united behind it, at least for now. The latest polls show the Fdl has a quarter of the vote, a dramatic increase from 2018, when it had just 4.4 percent, and the coalition could be the big winner.

Giorgia Meloni, who leads the party, calls for a naval blockade of North Africa to stop the illegal migrants streaming across the Mediterranean to Italy. There have been more than 42,000 of them so far this year. Modern leftists seem more interested in importing foreigners than helping native workers, which is why the Brothers are poised to win even a historically socialist area of Italy.

Giorgia Meloni (Credit Image: © Lo Bianco/ROPI via ZUMA Press)
Giorgia Meloni (Credit Image: © Lo Bianco/ROPI via ZUMA Press)

According to its platform, Brothers of Italy would put a moratorium on all immigration, and deport immigrants who commit serious crimes. It would bring back the death penalty, cut foreign aid, test welfare recipients for drugs, and outlaw government monitoring of phone calls and email. It would ban same-sex marriage and adoption by homosexuals.

Italy has a huge debt, which will require tough fiscal choices that Miss Meloni is willing to make. Small businesses are being crushed by bureaucracy and foreign competition, something that Brothers of Italy intends to fix. Miss Meloni does not want to take Italy out of the European Union and supports Ukraine, so she is not risking diplomatic isolation. The party supports Christian values. All this resonates with millions of voters — and, of course, elicits accusations of “fascism,” even from the image captions supplied by photo agencies:

September 20, 2022, Palermo, Italy: Demonstration against Giorgia Meloni and fascist party in Palermo. (Credit Image: © Antonio Melita/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press Wire)
September 20, 2022, Palermo, Italy: Demonstration against Giorgia Meloni and fascist party in Palermo. (Credit Image: © Antonio Melita/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press Wire)

“Brothers of Italy” — the party name — is taken from the first words of the Italian national anthem. Its founder, Giorgia Meloni, was born in 1977, 22 years after World War II ended, but here is typical coverage:

Last month, Miss Meloni issued a statement that her party “unambiguously condemn[s] Nazism and communism,” and said it “shares values and experiences with the British Tories, the U.S. Republicans and the Israeli Likud.” Her critics say it isn’t enough. It never is.

Devotional objects of the former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and fan articles of fascism are sold in a store in Predappio, where Mussolini is buried. Italy will elect a new government on Sept. 25, 2022, with Giorgia Meloni’s post-fascist ”Fratelli d’Italia” party expected to win. (Credit Image: © Oliver Weiken/dpa via ZUMA Press)
Devotional objects of the former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and fan articles of fascism are sold in a store in Predappio, where Mussolini is buried. Italy will elect a new government on Sept. 25, 2022, with Giorgia Meloni’s post-fascist ”Fratelli d’Italia” party expected to win. (Credit Image: © Oliver Weiken/dpa via ZUMA Press)

“There are clear signs that Brothers of Italy, a descendent of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), a party set up by a minister in Benito Mussolini’s dictatorship, has not completely severed ties with its past,” complained The Guardian. The paper quoted Professor Luciano Cheles, presumably the same one who wrote Neo-Fascism in Europe in 1991, who said the past still lives on. Here’s some of the “evidence:”

In July, when Mario Draghi’s government collapsed, Meloni took to the stage in Piazza Vittorio, a square in a multicultural area of Rome, and told her supporters: “We’ve had three different governments, three different majorities [since the March 2018 general elections]. Have any worked? No. History has proved us right.”

Cheles said: “In an interview with a fascist journalist five days before his death, Mussolini said: ‘History will prove me right … a young person will rise, a leader who will inevitably agitate the ideas of fascism.’ I don’t think what Meloni said at Piazza Vittorio was purely accidental. The very phrase is so pompous, but in the far right when you mention ‘history’ you mean fascism.”

The real question here is why there needs to be a “multicultural area of Rome.”

The Italian equivalent to the American “October surprise” in this campaign was the recent discovery that an Fdl candidate, Calogero Pisano, reportedly called Adolf Hitler a “great statesman” on social media eight years ago. The party suspended him. This is the same kind of social media snooping that journalists and collaborationist conservatives used to split the Dutch right. For a supposedly fascist party, the Brothers of Italy were quick to dump the candidate.

Giorgia Meloni herself supposedly admired Mussolini when she was young. A video shows a young Miss Meloni calling Mussolini a “good politician” and saying that “everything he did, he did it for Italy.” During a recent interview, she was reportedly asked whether the Duce “had been evil and bad for Italy.“Yeah,” she said.

Italians stand in the office of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, in his house in Forli, which was bought from the Mussolini family at the turn of the millennium and converted into a private museum. Italy will elect a new government on Sept. 25, 2022, with Giorgia Meloni’s post-fascist ”Fratelli d’Italia” party expected to win. (to dpa ”Italy’s election favorite Meloni and fascism – ”worry is real’ (Credit Image: © Oliver Weiken/dpa via ZUMA Press)
Italians stand in the office of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, in his house in Forli, which was bought from the Mussolini family at the turn of the millennium and converted into a private museum. Italy will elect a new government on Sept. 25, 2022, with Giorgia Meloni’s post-fascist ”Fratelli d’Italia” party expected to win. (to dpa ”Italy’s election favorite Meloni and fascism – ”worry is real’ (Credit Image: © Oliver Weiken/dpa via ZUMA Press)

Professor Cheles’s claim that “in the far-right when you mention ‘history’ you mean fascism” has it backwards. It’s the modern Left that is obsessed with fascism. The propaganda about “fascism” is intensifying, the farther we get from the war, and references to it are rising, according to Google’s Ngram viewer. “Antifascism” is the ideological glue holding the progressive coalition together, especially in the United States, and we impose this view on the entire West. Italy isn’t immune; there’s a running cultural battle about when it’s appropriate to sing “Bella Ciao,” an anti-fascist partisan anthem.

Unlike Germany, Italy wasn’t forced to build an entirely negative national identity, probably because it wasn’t coerced into unconditional surrender. Mussolini was ousted by the king and members of his own government. He ended up running a German protectorate in the north. The occupation was softer on Italy. Unlike Germans, Italians weren’t trained to loathe everything they did in the 20th century.

Leftists may be angry about that. Some want to impose that kind of regime on every Western nation. The Washington Post said that the German model of national self-flagellation would be good for the United States. Some Italian leftists may want that for their own country. Miss Meloni has complained that protesters making death threats have been let into her events while police stand by. The media may have incited them with by their repeated assertions that Miss Meloni is “fascist.”

Fascism is, as Miss Meloni has said, in the past. It was an extreme reaction to the threat of Communist uprisings. The Bienno Rosso, the “two red years” of 1919–1920 almost led to Communist revolution. This is what led to the rise of Benito Mussolini, a former socialist leader himself. Fascism was a revolutionary reaction to a leftist revolutionary movement. Without Communism, there would never have been fascists. Without fascism in Italy, Italy may have fallen to Communism. Fascism has little to do with today’s politics. Using “fascist” to smear someone is like calling someone a Jacobite. It’s irrelevant.

September 22, 2022. The weekly German magazine STERN seen in a newspaper kiosk. The magazine cover reads: GIORGIA MELONI The Most Dangerous Woman in Europe. (Credit Image: © Antonio Pisacreta/ROPI via ZUMA Press)
September 22, 2022. The weekly German magazine STERN seen in a newspaper kiosk. The magazine cover reads: GIORGIA MELONI The Most Dangerous Woman in Europe. (Credit Image: © Antonio Pisacreta/ROPI via ZUMA Press)

The single word on billboards with Miss Meloni’s face is “ready.” She’s running a forward-looking campaign. Her critics are still fighting World War II, and sometimes even go beyond fascism. The New York Times wrote about Miss Meloni’s love of Lord of the Rings, which is “full of virtuous good guys defending their idyllic, wooded kingdoms from hordes of dark and violent orcs,” something that “has for decades prompted scholarly . . . debate over the author’s [J.R.R. Tolkein’s] racial and ideological biases.”

If the elections go as expected, prepare for hysterical coverage about a fascist takeover of Italy and a second March on Rome. Let’s hope Italians ignore media smears and blackmail. The election is about Italy’s future, not a regime that died 22 years before Giorgia Meloni was born. President Biden is right to say Ukrainians have a right to defend their existence as a people. Italians do, too.

(Republished from American Renaissance by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Giorgia Meloni is sooo milquetoast.

    For instance, she doesn’t even advocate…
    I) Ending Women’s Suffrage;
    II) Pro-eugenics policy;
    III) Outlawing race-mixing.

    • Troll: A123
  2. martin_2 says:

    was born in 1977, 22 years after World War II ended

    32 years.

  3. lloyd says: • Website

    After World War Two, the de Nazification of the German people was confined to the former Government. That is actually quite normal when a former regime is violently overthrown. Unlike Japan and Italy, there was no Royal continuity. In the post war period, the German teachers skirted over the Nazi period at the end of school term. The German students were shown movies of concentration camps etc which had the parallel affect of anti smoking propaganda. The good German students developed aversion. It washed over the bad German students. Otherwise, the teaching of German history induced cultural and civic pride. Statues and monuments except for the Nazis were not toppled. What is going on now with cancel culture is much worse as it replaces a learned universal history with an anti white anti Christian cult.

  4. A123 says: • Website

    The European WEF is faltering in their plan to replace Infidels with Muslims via financial pressure: (1)

    Italy’s conservatives are poised to win upcoming elections this weekend, and the [EU] left is already going into crisis mode

    The European left’s panic is best illustrated with this week’s cover published by the German weekly Stern, with Giorgia Meloni being depicted as “Europe’s most dangerous woman.”

    While on a trip to Germany where he got the support of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s SPD, Enrico Letta, the leader of the main left-wing party went to great lengths to convince Italians that if the right-wing alliance does win the election on Sept. 25 and Giorgia Meloni becomes Italy’s prime minister, then the European Commission might suspend the payment of EU funds just as it has been doing with Poland and Hungary.

    “If the right wins, Italy risks being the next Hungary. We must avoid that,” Letta warned, pointing to the fact that “the damage would be paid by Italians, of all political orientations, with a recession, interest on mortgages, debt, and cuts in services.”

    Italy can print as many Euros € as they want. There is little the ECB can do to stop a sovereign nation with out starting a war.
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    The SJW’s will have great difficulty silencing her when she reveals the truth about Islam. (2)

    Giorgia Meloni shares video of woman being raped by migrant, global left-wing press flies into rage

    The left and global press are not particularly angry that a Ukrainian woman was raped by an African migrant in broad daylight, but they are furious that conservative leader Giorgia Meloni shared the video and raised awareness about the case

    The fascists of the Brussels-Davos-Frankfurt Axis have gone to far. Christians are not going to take SJW Islam anymore.

    PEACE 😇
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    (1) https://rmx.news/italy/meloni-on-course-to-become-italys-pm-despite-demonization-by-left-and-thinly-veiled-threats-from-the-eu/

    (2) https://rmx.news/italy/giorgia-meloni-shares-video-of-woman-being-raped-by-migrant-global-left-wing-press-flies-into-rage/

     

    • Replies: @René Fries
    , @lloyd
  5. I wish I could vote for them.

  6. @A123

    the truth about Islam

    part of the truth.

  7. anonymous[402] • Disclaimer says:

    Italy’s popular and bold Giorgia Meloni is a pretty woman with a great meme image too

    • Replies: @Ann Nonny Mouse
  8. A123 says: • Website

    There is a blackout period on polling, but it is a good bet Meloni will out perform the final numbers. MENA origin, Muslim migrants are the issue. And, this story just dropped in Sweden: (1)

    TWO BOMBINGS IN ONE NIGHT? THAT’S NORMAL NOW IN SWEDEN.

    Sweden, which has a population of around 10 million, has the highest per-capita number of deadly shootings of 22 European countries. Forty-seven people have been shot dead so far this year, which, while far from American levels of gun homicide, is extreme for Europe. Other European countries have come to look at Sweden with horror.

    Among shooting suspects, 85 percent are first- or second-generation immigrants, according to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, as immigrant neighborhoods have become hotbeds for gang crime. National Police Commissioner Anders Thornberg has described the violence as “an entirely different kind of brutality than we’ve seen before” and his deputy, Mats Löfving, says that 40 criminal clans now operate throughout the country. Spreading fear are “humiliation robberies,” targeting children and youth, in which victims are subjected to degrading treatment by assailants, such as being urinated upon. Just this week, four men were sentenced for robbing, beating and urinating on an 18-year-old, who was also filmed by his tormentors.

    Italians want to avoid Sweden’s fate.

    85% of shootings. The article does not say, but I would be willing to guess that 100% of the bombing suspects are Muslim. The youth of Sweden have internalized the threat to their nation. They are permanently shifting towards Christian Populism and away from Globalism.

    It will be interesting to see how far the attitude of young Italians have shifted. Is Christian Populism, and opposition to the horror of Islam, the wave of the future? One can only hope that Italy will become great again.
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    Will the next Pope actually be Catholic? Unlike the current one. The Catholic Church returning to the defense of Christendom and traditional values would also help Italy.

    PEACE 😇
    __________

    (1) https://instapundit.com/544028/

  9. A video shows a young Miss Meloni calling Mussolini a “good politician” and saying that “everything he did, he did it for Italy.”

    A “good politician” is relative. Some say Joe Biden is a “good politician”.
    Is there any evidence that Mussolini did not think everything he did was done for Italy?

    • Replies: @A123
  10. A123 says: • Website
    @Curmudgeon

    Giorgia Meloni herself supposedly admired Mussolini when she was young. A video shows a young Miss Meloni

    I suspect everyone would like to undo misadventures they made when they were 18. I am quite glad that there was no “social media” when I was young. Making mistakes is part of learning. If everyone is scrubbed back to their childhood, the pool of potential leaders becomes quite slim.

    There is no easy answer.

    PEACE 😇

  11. lloyd says: • Website
    @A123

    The woman was raped by a migrant according to the headline. Why not say, an American was raped by a Catholic? As Miko Peled said. “If you fall for Islamophobia, you are out of your mind.” Miko is from one of Israel’s founding families. So he knows exactly what’s going on from his family’s dinner table. I suspect you are Hasbara.

    • Replies: @A123
  12. A123 says: • Website
    @lloyd

    You are a Taqiyya Troll. A paid liar for Jihadi rapists.

    The woman was raped by a migrant according to the headline

    Most EU countries have dishonest press laws. “Migrant” is permitted. A 100% accurate identification of “Muslim” brings legal liability. Everyone serious knows that:

    Migrant = MENA Origin Muslim

     

     

    Poland and Hungary deserve praise for protecting Christian journalism.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @lloyd
  13. lloyd says: • Website
    @A123

    I don’t even know what a Taqiyya is.

    • LOL: A123, René Fries
  14. Some UK media outlets have actually dialed back the wokeness a bit in reporting on this story. For example, the BBC in still very biased but it shows normal, unthreatening pictures of Meloni and avoids the word fascism in its descriptions of the Brothers of Italy party. Maybe their editors fear the coming winter of gas bill discontent will lead to populist rioting and they don’t want to stir up white proles too much.

    However, in the US, The Atlantic has gone full retard, with the headline:

    “The Return of Fascism in Italy.”

  15. A123 says: • Website

    It is worth noting that Meloni’s populist Center-Right coalition could obtain 60% of the seats.

    Forecast figures from an Italian research institute have indicated the centre-right coalition of Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini may win as many as 60 per cent of the seats in parliament in next month’s election.

    Translated into seats in the Italian parliament, the forecast claims the coalition could win:
        • 127 of 200 Senate seats
        • 245 of 400 Chamber of Deputies seats
    Winning clear majorities in each chamber of parliament, Il Giornale reports.

    The Cattaneo Institute, however, stated that it was unlikely the centre-right coalition would win a 2/3 super-majority as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party Fidesz was able to secure earlier this year.

    The leaders of the centre-right coalition have all stated that whichever party gains the most votes will be able to put forward the next Italian Prime Minister.

    Silvio Berlusconi paved the way for Ms Meloni to become Italy’s first female Prime Minister saying, “Meloni, like Matteo Salvini, like many exponents of Forza Italia and the other parties of the coalition, has all the credentials and authority to lead a high-profile government, credible in the world, firmly linked to Europe and the West.”

    While the win in Sweden is complicated by complex coalition negotaions. The Italian parties have worked put a system that should allow it to quickly begin closing the border to illegal Muslim migration.

    It will be entertaining to watch Meloni emulate DeSantis. What is the German equivalent of Martha’s Vineyard?

    PEACE 😇
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    (1) https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/08/11/meloni-salvini-alliance-could-win-60-per-cent-of-seats-in-national-election/

  16. Dumbo says:

    We’ll see if she doesn’t betray her voters. Meanwhile in the UK:

    https://www.rt.com/news/563469-uk-more-immigration-plan/

  17. A123 says: • Website

    The first Exit polls are in: (1)

    Clear victory for rightwing coalition, exit poll indicates

    OK, the first exit poll is in, and it’s good news for Giorgia Meloni and the far-right Brothers of Italy.

    According to the Consorzio Opinio Italia poll for Rai, the rightwing coalition has won between 41-45% of the vote and the left alliance 25-29.%. That would give the right a majority in both houses.

    At this point we should make our regular health warning: Italian exit polls have a very chequered history, and are sometimes wrong. It’s well worth waiting for the projections to come.

    That poll would give the rightwing coalition between

    • 227 and 257 seats in the Camera dei deputati
    • 111 and 131 seats in the Senate or upper house.

    Obviously those numbers are still vague, but they point to a resounding victory for the rightwing alliance of the far-right Brothers of Italy, the rightwing Forza Italia and the far-right Lega.

    Very comfortable for the Center-Right coalition headed by Meloni. Although, not quite as high as the early prediction. Note: Source is the Ultra-Left, open borders, partisan Guardian. This may be contributing to the low range for the victorious Center-Right.

    Another critical factor is the 3% threshold for smaller parties. The major blocks will obtain substantial up ticks if there are border line exclusions.

    PEACE 😇
    _________

    (1) https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/sep/25/italy-general-election-2022-results-live-giorgia-meloni-latest-news

  18. A123 says: • Website

    I am not sure why the term “far right” is continually recycled. Meloni will be the head of a Center-Right coalition.

    PEACE 😇

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