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FTR #307 The Return of Il Duce

Lis­ten:
MP3 One Seg­ment [1]
RealAu­dio [2]
NB: This RealAu­dio stream con­tains FTRs 307 and 308 in sequence. Each is a 30-minute seg­ment.

1. We doc­u­ment the May, 2001 elec­tion of Ital­ian media mogul Sil­vio Berlus­coni, and the extent to which his admin­is­tra­tion con­sti­tutes the return of the Ital­ian fas­cist gov­ern­ment of Il Duce, Ben­i­to Mus­soli­ni.

2. The broad­cast begins with dis­cus­sion of ide­o­log­i­cal and func­tion­al con­ti­nu­ity between the milieu of con­vict­ed Nazi war crim­i­nal Erich Priebke [3] and the Ital­ian fas­cist forces grouped around Berlus­coni. (“I Have a Nazi for a Friend” by Gior­gio Fer­ri­ni; L’E­spres­so; 1/18/2001; pp. 68–69.)

3. Priebke has received finan­cial sup­port from Pao­lo Gia­chi­ni, who has used his con­sid­er­able wealth to sup­port the efforts of an array of Ital­ian fas­cists con­nect­ed to the Berlus­coni coali­tion. (Idem.)

4. Next, the pro­gram repris­es a past arti­cle [4] which high­lights the explic­it­ly fas­cist nature of orga­ni­za­tions grouped around Berlus­coni, such as the Movi­men­to Sociale Fiamma Tri­col­ore. (“Fas­cists Who Read” by Peter Gomez; L’E­spres­so; 1/11/2001; p. 54.)

2. Much of the rest of the pro­gram con­sists of read­ing and analy­sis of an arti­cle about Berlus­coni from the British anti-fas­cist pub­li­ca­tion The Search­light [5]. (“Mus­solin­i’s Heirs Return to Pow­er” by Alfio Bern­abei; The Search­light; June/2001; p. 32.)

3. This pro­gram doc­u­ments, among oth­er things, Berlus­coni’s mem­ber­ship in the fas­cist P‑2 Lodge of Licio Gel­li, Berlus­coni’s for­mal alliance with Movi­men­to Sociale Fiamma Tri­col­ore, con­nec­tions between Berlus­coni and the fas­cist cadre of Rober­to Fiore and Fiore’s con­nec­tions to Gui­do Mus­soli­ni, nephew of the Ital­ian dic­ta­tor. (Idem.)

4. Berlus­coni’s coali­tion part­ner is Gian­fran­co Fini of the Allean­za Nazionale, the direct suc­ces­sor to Mus­solin­i’s fas­cist par­ty. (Fini’s par­ty was also a coali­tion part­ner with Berlus­coni in his 1994 gov­ern­ment.)

5. We then high­light con­nec­tions between Fini’s forces and the Forza Nuo­va of Rober­to Fiore. (“Polit­i­cal Posters of Forza Nuo­va” by Peter Gomez; L’E­spres­so; 1/11/2001; pp. 54–55.)

10. The pro­gram con­cludes with an exam­i­na­tion of the insti­tu­tion­al con­ti­nu­ity between Ital­ian fas­cist ter­ror groups and the milieu of Berlus­coni and Fini. (“Black­shirts, Here’s Your Fas­cist ‘Cosa Nos­tra’ ” by Peter Gomez; L’E­spres­so; 1/11/2001; pp. 54–56.)