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Honey Ryder
Feb 26, 2004
The Rise of Benito Mussolini

Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was born July 29, 1883 in the Italian village of Romagna.

Mussolini moved to Switzerland in 1902 but was a failure as schoolteacher, bricklayer, anarchist, chocolate factory worker. He became a communist in 1903 and read Nietzche as well as Marx.

He returned to Italy in 1910 and became editor of the socialist newspaper Avanti! 1912-14 where he met the art critic Margheritaq Sarfatti who would turn him toward fascism. In 1914 he founded the newspaper Popolo d'Italia

In Dec. 1914 Mussolini joined a group of Italian socialists who broke away from socialism and formed the first "fascistii" to support Italian expansion to its "natural frontiers" (including Libya) and King Vittorio Emanuel III who declared war against Austria.

In 1915 Mussolini was conscripted into the army, injured by a grenade explosion in training, "the most beautiful moment in his life,'' was invalided out of the army and returned to his newspaper in June 1917.

With the Italian defeat at Caporetto Oct. 24, 1917, Mussolini called for national discipline and a dictator to take over the weak government.

On March 23, 1919, Mussolini launched his fascist movement, the Italian Combat Fascists (Fasci Italiani di Combattimento), at a meeting in Milan's Piazza San Sepoloro, although his ideology was still leftist and libertarian. He formed paramilitary squads of "arditi" similar to the Freikorps and used them against his political enemies.

Gabriele D'Annunzio led raid to annex Fiume Sept. 12, 1919, and conceived of the plan later adopted by Mussolini to march on Rome and seize the government.

Mussolini and his fascist party in 1921 joined the parliamentary National coalition of Giolitti and won 35 seats in the May 15 election, and the Fasci Italiani di Combattimento reorganized under the new name of the National Fascist Party.

The march on Rome began Oct. 28, 1922, with arditi seizing government offices, and the King decided to avoid bloodshed of an army repression and struck a deal with Mussolini by making him Prime Minister. Mussolini formed a coalition in parliament of Catholics, nationalists, and liberals to control the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.

In the 1924 elections, the fascists won 65% and 374 votes by using violence and intimidation, and murdering the leading socialist opponent Giacomo Matteotti.

In October 1926 after an attempted assassination in Bologna, Mussolini with the assent of the King expelled opposition deputies from Parliament, abolished all political parties orther than fascist and created a totalitarian dictatorship with a special judicial tribunal, no free press, and secret police. (but Renzo de Felice 8-vol. biography has argued was only authoritarian - article)

After 1926 Mussolini supported King Zog in Albania as a possible ally in a war with Yugoslavia; he suppressed Greek language and religion in the Dodecanese and fortified the islands of Rhodes and Leros against possible Turkish invasion; supported Croat rebels led by Ante Pavelic against king Alexander of Yugoslavia (who was killed in Oct. 1934); sent arms to Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, and to Chancellor Englebert Dollfuss in Austria (who created a brutal fascist regime by 1934 and drove many Austrians to support anschluss with Germany), and even sent arms to Russia in return for Russian oil; he continued to support the Italian pacification of Libya led by Marshal Badoglio.

In 1928 Italy signed a friendship treaty with Ethiopia, but Mussolini sent arms and troops to his colonies of Eritrea and Somalia and prepared for a colonial war.

On Feb. 11, 1929, Mussolini signed the Lateran Agreements with the Vatican, reducing the claims for lost church property to 2 billion lire from the Italian capture of Rome in 1870, allowing clergy authority over marriage and the family, and Pope Pius XI agreed to accept the authority of the Fascist dictatorship.

In 1931, Mussolini began the 3-year project to drain and reclaim the Pontine Marshes for 3000 new farms. he built 1700 summer camps for city children, gave workers the 8-hour day and universal insurance benefits; the Corporate State of 22 corporations represented workers and owners with government supervision of wages and hiring and firing, no unions or strikes allowed.

After Achille Starace became secretary of the fascist party in Dec. 1931, he proclaimed all meetings and public occasions would begin with the official Roman "salute to the Duce" and all fascists would wear military-style uniforms.

Hitler and Mussolini met for the first time in June 1934 in Vienna, friendly on the outside but antagonistic in private, disagreeing in private over Dollfuss (who was assassinated in July by pro-nazi Austrians).
Your fricken kiddin me right? It gets its name from an airplane...Piaggio Avanti.
Oh how we love google....

Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary © 2006 Oxford University Press:
aˡvanti-adverb (in avanti) forward

Avanti–noun Kingdom of, an ancient Aryan kingdom of W central India, with its capital near modern Ujjain; flourished in the 6th–4th centuries b.c.

A fiberglass sportscar, originally produced by Studebaker.
Studebaker has been gone for decades, but the Avanti lives on. For a while it was basically a Camaro with a custom body and interior, but then Chevrolet stopped making Camaros. The current Avanti is based on the Ford Mustang.
Wow. You would be great on one of those late night shows about area 51, the moons of jupiter, Rosewell, Sasquatch, Yeti, the creature from the black lagoon, and the present location of elvis. You, my friend, have a future in show business!

Ever notice the fridge in the room at Hilton Garden Inns?

Little did I know they are a communist plot, too. :nuts:
Okay, the Piaggio Avanti is made in Italy.

As an Italian plane it was named using Italian words...crazy, I know.

In Itialian the word "Avanti" means "Forward or Ahead"

Don't use an English dictionary to look it up. You need an Itialian to English dictionary. I found one on Google in about 3 seconds. You can see it here.

I missed the connection of Il Duce to Piaggio in jonjuan's original post, mostly because it reminded me of trying to "proof-read" one of my kids' essays( and I skimmed a bit)(then dozed off),

but, over all, an extremely well written piece of historically-correct non-relevant trivia...

I'd give you a solid B+!
After Achille Starace became secretary of the fascist party in Dec. 1931, he proclaimed all meetings and public occasions would begin with the official Roman "salute to the Duce" and all fascists would wear military-style uniforms.

So that explains our (Flexjet) new light weight jacket. We don't want to be fascists!
In Itialian the word "Avanti" means "Forward or Ahead"

My old paper dictionary adds "before, forward, in front of" as well as the command "Forward!"

Thanks for starting this one Jon - I had meant to look that up but never got around to it till I saw your post.
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