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Me Ne Frego

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COMMENT: In an ear­li­er post, we not­ed that Mela­nia Trump’s jacket–adorned with the state­ment “I Real­ly Don’t Care, Do U” res­onates with a key fas­cist mot­to.

That the for­mer First Lady was aware of the his­tor­i­cal over­tones of her “fas­cion state­ment” is sug­gest­ed by the fact that the com­pa­ny that makes the jack­et has a his­to­ry of mar­ket­ing gar­ments with fas­cist nuances.

The phrase “Me Ne Frego” was put for­ward by Mus­soli­ni him­self (in his  The Doc­trine of Fas­cism) as a defin­i­tive state­ment of the exis­ten­tial eth­ic of the fas­cist stormtroop­er.

“The Decline and Fall of Nazi Ger­many and Impe­r­i­al Japan: A Pic­to­r­i­al His­to­ry of the Final Days of World War II” by Hans Dollinger [Tech­ni­cal Advis­er: Dr. Hans-Adolf Jacob­sen; Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man by Arnold Pomer­ans]; Bonan­za Books [HC]; Copy­right 1967 Eng­lish Text, Crown Pub­lish­ers Inc.; p. 208.

 Me ne frego—I don’t give a damn

By Ben­i­to Mus­soli­ni (From: Mussolini’s The Doc­trine of Fas­cism)

” . . . . War alone tests human strength to the full, and eno­bles all nations dar­ing to wage it. All oth­er tests are no more than sub­sti­tutes and fail to con­front man with him­self in a choice between life and death. Hence all doc­trines based on the idea of peace are no more suit­ed to Fas­cism than any oth­er inter­na­tion­al schemes—for his­to­ry has shown that, even if such schemes have to be adopt­ed tem­porar­i­ly for rea­sons of polit­i­cal expe­di­en­cy, they go by the board as soon as emo­tion, or nation­al ideals and inter­ests rise up in the heart of the nation. Fas­cism applies this anti-paci­fist spir­it even in the life of indi­vid­u­als. The proud mot­to of our storm troop­ers: me ne frego—a mot­to that first appeared on the ban­dage of a wound­ed fighter—is not mere­ly a Sto­ic con­fes­sion of faith, or the expres­sion of a polit­i­cal idea–it also bespeaks a readi­ness to do bat­tle, to brave dan­ger; it is a new way of Ital­ian life. . . .”



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