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popular confidence and a level of fear



"Italian Fascism reposed on a careful balance that required both popular confidence and a level of fear. The ambitions of this project reached not only into government, law, and economics, but also into the minds of Italy’s people, which the Fascists believed they could reshape and recommit to the nation‐​state.

A gifted propagandist acutely conscious of the relationship between political power and optics, Mussolini established a High Commission for the press in the spring of 1929. Insisting that the Commission would not interfere with the freedom of the press, Mussolini’s Keeper of the Seals, Alfredo Rocco, nevertheless maintained an exception for “any activity contrary to the national interest,” “faithfulness to the Fatherland” naturally assuming the position of ultimate importance.

Journalists were, like all other professions, encouraged to see their occupation as one of many forms of service to the nation, to participate actively in the education and inculcation of the Italian people."

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Re: popular confidence and a level of fear

I wish I could find the clip of the 2016 Libertarian debate where the other candidates all go off down a trail about how it is fascism to require a drivers license.

And Gary Johnson just stands there and rolls his eyes until they're done.

The whackiest bunch of mutts around.