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Response to hifiguy (Reply #21)

Sun May 3, 2015, 04:43 PM

30. you know what's funny about that Mussolini quote...

as i was writing this i went down a giant rabbit hole about the history of the usage of the word fascism, and to my astonishment there's confusion about if Mussolini actually ever said that. took more over a week to write this stupid essay b/c i wanted to be very careful about how i addressed that language.

which got me to thinking...we don't have a clear citation for Mussolini saying this, BUT we have FDR using this definition in a letter to congress -- as clear cut as it gets. and, it's kinda a better source. i'd always attributed the definition to BM. my sense now is that it was probably something he said on "the stump" but never in official writings, b/c it seems to be what FDR was alluding to.


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