Fascists To The Right…….

World War Two and we fought the great Satan of fascism….Germany and Italy……but during that war there were more fascist in the world than you can imagine….

These are the little known fascists that prayed on their populations….

Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy, was murdered by a mob on April 28, 1945, after 23 years of fascist governance in Italy. Mussolini, his mistress, and many of the fascist party’s top leaders were murdered in cold blood without trial. That’s no way to bring down a government. Even Saddam Hussein, the Nazis and the Japanese were given trials. So, as bad as Mussolini was, his end was not fair in any sense of the word. It would be wise to remember that even tyrants and despots, along with murderers, rapists, terrorists, and pedophiles still have a right to a fair trial in free countries. This long-observed law is often misconstrued as a weakness by many non-Western observers, but make no mistake: A fair trial is a cornerstone of Western civilization.

Mussolini’s vulgar end is the inspiration for this weekend’s Top 10 list: Fascist governments you  may not know about. Fascism is a complicated system of governance and ideology, and one that, in part because its adherents lost World War II, is often used as pejorative by the victors of the same war (the liberals and the socialists). I mentioned some of the best contemporary essays on fascism at the Historiat last month, which you can read for yourself here


Your knowledge of World War Two has been expanded…..you are welcome.


6 thoughts on “Fascists To The Right…….

  1. Mussolini….a “little known Fascist”? Seriously? The guy might as well be the first Fascist. Are we THAT devoid of historical knowledge? (Answer: Unfortunately, yes.) For the clueless kiddies out there, Mussolini looked & acted like a less orange Trump with far less hair.

    It’s a fairly safe bet WW2 era nations siding with Hitler were fascist. So while many are unknown, still not too many surprises here. More surprising than Mussolini inspiring the list of unknowns is Spain’s Franco not being on it, if only at the bottom. He sat out WW2 and lived on longer than most. There’s still a lot of Spanish streets named after his fellow fascists.

    #10) Juan Peron’s Argentina: Calling them fascists is “controversial”? Sweet Jesus! Argentina was the #1 destination for post-WW2 Nazi’s for damn good reason! History TV’s Hunting Hitler has nicely refreshed our memory, tracing the route thousands of fleeing Nazis took and the stunning amount of infrastructure awaiting them in Argentina and other South American nations. Most of South America was crawling with Nazis. (Shit, I actually went to school with a “Rommel” from Argentina who claimed to be related.) I expected more South American nations on the list, but Argentina will have to do.

    #1) Portugal Portugal is probably the most forgotten, invisible, nation in Western Europe. Portugal being next to fascist Spain, I always wondered about where it stood in WW2 & the Spanish Civil War…and how it managed to avoid WW2. Those fascists had a hell of a run there. Portugal’s invisibility sure helped.

  2. I was also surprised to see Franco left off.
    The term Fascist comes from Italy, and refers to the bundle of sticks carried by Roman soldiers.
    “The Italian term fascismo is derived from fascio meaning a bundle of rods, ultimately from the Latin word fasces. … In 1919, Mussolini founded the Fasci Italiani di Combattimento in Milan, which became the Partito Nazionale Fascista (National Fascist Party) two years later.”
    So you can say that Mussolini invented Fascism.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I think the article was for those countries that most did not know were Fascist…..Franco is pretty well known I believe…….chuq

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