A letter from a reader of TPI to the editorial office:
Dear Editor, Dear Director,
I am 16 years old and I think that with the victory of the right in the elections there will be no danger of the return of fascism. This, however, is only possible because our institutions are much stronger and more aware than they were 100 years ago. Fortunately, in fact, there are no longer the conditions for a deleterious phenomenon such as fascism to be formally revived.
Fascist ideology in Italy has never died, and it is not surprising that many exponents of today’s right have never denied it. Fascists are few, it is very true; but few were even when at first they usurped democracy by violence. History should have taught us many things, which unfortunately, it seems, we have never fully learned. I think that anyone who is not yet ashamed of fascism is not worthy of governing a country that is profoundly anti-fascist by history and constitution.
Mussolini was a full-blown criminal. A criminal, who smashed the heads of journalists and political opponents, who locked up and “killed” his wife and child in an asylum; which sent thousands of Italians to die helpless in war and which contributed to the massacre of millions of Jews, homosexuals, Sinti and disabled people. The Duce was also a criminal against his own people, so much so as to eliminate all rights and dignity.
The fact that many still believe in his ideas shows that this was not a phenomenon limited to a mad dictator of the past. Fascism will not return; but he is still among us, alive in other forms, and must be fought every day.
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