“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mussolini's hometown finally bans fascist souvenirs

This is disappointing. I happen to be friends with someone who was an original Blackshirt and a founding member of the MSI who has always told me Italy is as bad or worse than Germany now.
At least Predappio Tricolore will be keeping their website. They come highly recommended and I have heard nothing but good things about the efficiency of their customer service.

Mussolini's hometown finally bans fascist souvenirs
Mussolini's hometown has finally banned the sale of daggers, cudgels and other fascist souvenirs relating to the late dictator after years of cashing in on trade from fervent admirers and tourists.

By Nick Squires in Rome
Published: 7:00AM BST 17 Apr 2009

Crowds who flock to Predappio – many of them skinheads and black-shirted supporters of Italy's far-right – visit Mussolini's stone mausoleum, which is presided over by a stern-looking marble bust of Il Duce.

They then converge on shops offering a large and imaginative selection of fascist-themed memorabilia, from swastika-decorated knives and bottles of beer bearing Mussolini's portrait to flags, SS insignia and CDs of fascist-era songs.

But the town in Emilio-Romagna in northern Italy, where Mussolini was born in 1883, has now decided that the souvenirs are bad for its image.

Local councillor, Gianluca Barravecchia said: "It was an essential decision that we hope will send a clear message. We want an end to the culture of hatred that prevents Predappio from presenting itself to visiting tourists with the right image."

Shops which flout the new regulations by continuing to display fascist-themed items will be fined 500 euros (£440).

Dedicated fans of Il Duce, who descend on Predappio in their hundreds for the anniversaries of his birth, death and seizure of power, will still be able to stock up on lethal-looking truncheons and black shirts, however.

Mussolini merchandise will also be available for sale on the internet sites that many of the shops maintain.

One website offers a selection of beers bearing photographs of the fascist leader, 'Dux Mussolini' cudgels and a range of replica daggers, costing 30 euros (£26).

Mussolini came to power in 1922 and in 1940 threw Italy into the Second World War as an ally of Nazi Germany.

He was overthrown by his own Grand Council three years later and bundled off to the mountains of central Italy but later rescued by a daring German special forces raid. He set up a fascist rump state, the Republic of Salo, based at Lake Garda in northern Italy.

As the Allies advanced up the peninsula he tried to flee to Switzerland but was captured by Italian partisans in April 1945.

They shot him and strung his body upside down, alongside that of his mistress, from the roof of a petrol station in Milan.

In 1957 his remains were brought to Predappio, a former farming village in the Apennines which he had ordered to be rebuilt as a modern fascist town, its buildings marked Anno IV (1926) – Year Four of the Fascist Era.

In contrast to Germany, Italy has been reluctant to face up to its wartime record, with the national narrative glossing over the country's alliance with Hitler and the invasion of Yugoslavia, Albania and Greece.

More than 60 years after the war, Italy remains deeply riven between Right and Left and there is a small but vocal minority that looks back on Mussolini and the fascist era with nostalgia and pride.

Right-wing 'ultra' football fans give stiff-armed fascist salutes at soccer matches and last year a player at AC Milan, the club owned by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, said he was not ashamed to declare himself a fascist.

"I share [the] ideals of fascism, such as the fatherland and the values of the Catholic religion," said Christian Abbiati, 31, a goalkeeper who has played for Italy.

Mr Berlusconi's party last month merged with the National Alliance, a "post-fascist" party that was founded by the political heirs of Mussolini.

Its leader, Gianfranco Fini, 57, once described Il Duce as the greatest statesman of the 20th century but since says he no longer holds such views.

The dapper Mr Fini has also worked hard to distance himself from the political legacy of Mussolini and recently described anti-Jewish laws adopted by the dictator as "a shameful page in our history".

Another National Alliance politician, Gianni Alemanno, who is now mayor of Rome, has also renounced his neo-fascist past, although he caused a row in September when he said he did not regard fascism as an "absolute evil". He wears around his neck a Celtic cross, a symbol of the Italian extreme right.

Shortly afterwards another senior National Alliance figure, defence minister Ignazio La Russa, caused further controversy when he paid tribute to Italian soldiers who fought alongside the Germans during the war.

In November the extreme right-wing Movimento Sociale-Fiamma Tricolore, which controls the town of Potenza, in the southern region of Basilicata, offered a bounty of 1,500 euros [GBP 1275] to parents who named their baby boys Benito, after the dictator.



lordxolothi said...

Yes;Ferrini Benizzi(the Mind behind Ferlandia)is an very efficient and brave men;two rare combinations of these times in Italy.
I'm are an affectionate client of Ferlandia from over one decade.One of my Total Environment has been created thank to the creations of this great store!
Hail Ferrini

Anonymous said...

So in other words this guy wants more tourists to come to his dying town. Yeah, McDonald's should be knocking on his door soon.

That's cool that a soccer player is open about being a fascist. What's wrong with establishing order and promoting Catholic beliefs. Even though I'm an atheist, I agree somewhat with the Catholic beliefs on abortion and marriage. I'd rather have Catholics around me then Muslims!