Sunday’s Italian general election produced victory for a conservative coalition led by a party led by a woman – sending shockwaves through politics and the mainstream media.
Giorgia Meloni is now on the verge of becoming Italy’s first female Prime Minister. But since she is a Christian right-wing conservative, Meloni is already implicitly compared to the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
“With their victory will come the most far-right government in the country since Benito Mussolini and the National Fascist Party ruled during World War II.” diversity reported.
So what did Meloni do to deserve the comparison?
Meloni, 45, is the leader of the Brothers of Italy political party, Fratelli d’Italia. It is a conservative group that has also been branded as neo-fascist for “tracing its origins to the Italian Social Movement (MSI) founded by ex-fascists after World War II”. Politically reported.
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Meloni herself is an outspoken pro-family, anti-abortion and skeptical of the European Union, according to Politico.
She was particularly bold in her views on gender identity, religion and family.
“I’m Giorgia, I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’m Italian, I’m Christian,” Meloni said in 2019. France 24 reported.
In one of her speeches, which was widely shared on Twitter, Meloni pointed out how family and a “more conservative identity” have become a threat.
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“Why is family an enemy? Why is family so scary?” she asked.
“Because it makes us who we are. Because it is our identity. Because everything that defines us is now an enemy to those who want us to have no identity and be just perfect consumer slaves. And so they attack national identity, they attack religious identity, they attack gender identity, they attack family identity. I can’t define myself as Italian, Christian, woman, mother,” Meloni said. “I have to be citizen x, gender x, parent 1, parent 2. I have to be a number… that’s why we create so much fear.”
As Greg Price, a senior digital strategist at X Strategies LLC, noted in a Twitter post, “I’ve never heard a politician explain so perfectly what we’re fighting and why we’re fighting. If you watch this video, you’ll quickly understand why the establishment is afraid of her.”
This is Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
I have never heard a politician explain so perfectly what we are fighting and why we are fighting.
If you watch this video, you’ll quickly understand why the establishment is afraid of her.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 26, 2022
“Democracy without values becomes demagogy,” she said.
As the American conservative formulated on Monday: “If this is fascism, let’s have more of it!”
But in reality, Meloni is not a fascist, even if the mainstream media has tried to label her as such.
“Of course it’s not fascism at all – an insult the US media uses on Meloni in order not to take her ideas seriously,” noted the American conservative.
The mainstream media is right about one thing. It has been a very long time since such a strong conservative movement took power in a Western European country.
But comparing Meloni to Mussolini and branding her a fascist is just nonsense.
Contrary to the mainstream media’s cavalier approach to definitions, Mussolini, in his essay “The doctrine of fascism.”
Mussolini, in his essay published in 1932, stated that fascism is the system in which state power dominates all aspects of society.
“For fascism, the state is absolute, individuals and groups are relative. Individuals and groups are permitted as far as they come within the state,” Mussolini wrote.
“The fascist state expresses the will to exercise power and to command. Here the Roman tradition is embodied in an idea of strength. Imperial power, as understood by fascist doctrine, is not just territorial, military, or commercial; it’s also spiritual and ethical,” he added.
sure, fascism may vary depending on the country where it is bullied (the German Nazis had some different characteristics than the Italian Fascists). But overall, fascism is a well-defined ideology—and the opposite of the individual rights advocated by conservatives.
However, the mainstream media chose to ignore these definitions.
But Meloni’s political philosophy just doesn’t fall into the category of fascism. mainstream media like CNN and NBC News and others simply didn’t do their homework before throwing comparisons to Mussolini’s fascists.
If the mainstream media’s logic of calling Meloni a fascist was applied as a standard, there would be millions of Mussolinis around the world – including the United States.
Anyone who wants to have a family, practice religion, not kill babies in the womb, use traditional pronouns, or generally go against the tide of progressive culture would be a little Mussolini.
So the mainstream media is clearly very exaggerated and liberal in its labeling. But beyond the exaggeration, the mainstream media is simple Fascism wrongly defined all in all. And this is a dangerous game.
This article originally appeared on The West Journal.
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