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In light of the turmoil that rocked much of Europe throughout the 20th century, it makes sense that there’s some healthy skepticism whenever a politician out of the mainstream begins to make serious advancements in the government of one nation or another. That’s exactly what’s happening in Italy this week as the leader of a right-wing party that critics label extreme has made inroads toward becoming the country’s next prime minister.

Giorgia Meloni has roused crowds throughout the nation while slamming a number of the cultural and social movements advanced by progressive politicians and activists in recent years.

While she offered a timid denunciation of fascist Italian leader Benito Mussolini during a recent interview, Meloni reportedly admired him earlier in her life. And that’s enough to concern a number of moderate and left-leaning Italians.

Nevertheless, her supporters don’t seem concerned that she will usher in a revival of World War II-era fascism if she is successful in her current political bid. She’s been working overtime to reassure voters that she’s not as radical as her critics would have people believe.

Instead, she’s positioned herself as a patriot, which might sound familiar to those who have been following the rise of right-wing politicians here in the United States over the past few years.

Chris Agee
Chris Agee September 26th, 2022
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