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No, Italy Is Not Going Fascist

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On March 27-28, 1994, Italians went to the polls. When the ballots were counted, all the parties that had formed all the governments since World War II had disappeared. Fully four-fifths of the new members of the Italian parliament were themselves brand-new; most were also to the Right of Center.

Clearly, this was some kind of revolution. But what kind? The world’s prestige media carried a single answer: fascist. The burden of the charge rested on the 13.5 percent of the vote that had gone to the National Alliance (AN), one of three roughly equal parts of the rightist coalition that swept the elections. AN, which gained five cabinet posts (out of 25), contains a core of people who think well of Benito Mussolini, including the dictator’s own granddaughter, who ran from Naples.

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