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Giorgia Meloni Is No Fascist

Giorgia Meloni
Giorgia Meloni. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Italy has elected its most far-right government since the two decades of Benito Mussolini’s leadership. Giorgia Meloni, a 45-year-old former journalist and member of the Brothers of Italy party, has won Italy’s election for prime minister. Meloni, who will be Italy’s first ever female prime minister, has some observers concerned with the return of fascism to Italy.

“The Trump comparisons are there if you look for them,” POLITICO reported. “Her campaign slogan was ‘pronti a risollevare l’Italia,’ which translates as ‘ready to revive Italy’ and echoes Trumps ‘make America great again.’” In addition to a comparable campaign slogan, Meloni, like Trump, required press attending her campaign events to wear credentials emblazoned with her campaign slogan. 

Well, those are pretty superficial comparisons to Trump. And as I’ve written in the past: Trump is not a fascist. And as even POLITICO concedes, “the Trump comparisons only go so far.”

Trump – and Meloni – are conservative, however. And the international conservative community celebrated Meloni’s win. “Hungarian strongman Viktor Orban posted a picture [with Meloni]. Steve Bannon, who has been hyping [Meloni] for years, rejoiced on his show with Matt Schlapp, who hosted Meloni at CPAC earlier this year,” POLITICO reported.

Inversely, left-wingers are concerned with Meloni’s election. During the campaign, they drew a picture of Meloni “as a would-be tyrant taking an ax to Italian democracy and ushering in an era of illiberalism,” Mattia Ferraresi wrote for the New York Times. Now, they worry that “a government led by [Meloni] will transform Italy into an electoral autocracy,  along the lines of Viktor Orban’s Hungary.”

Ferraresi is not convinced Meloni poses a threat to Italian democracy, however. “The major bulwark against autocracy in Italy can be summed up in one word: Europe.” Ferraresi explains further:. “Our fragile economy – set to grow, in a best-case scenario sketched out by the International Monetary Fund, only 0.7 percent in 2023 – is heavily dependent on European institutions. Beyond the usual web of economic ties, the country is the biggest beneficiary of a European Commission-led recovery fund set to disperse in the next four years over 200 billion euros, or $195 billion, in grants and loans. Crucially, this economy-saving aid, without which the country may well spiral into recession, is conditional on respecting democratic norms. Any step down an Orban-like path would imperil Italy’s entire economy, surely a no-go for the government.” 

While Meloni has criticized Italy’s EU membership in the past, she now seems content with her country’s inclusion. “I don’t think Italy needs to leave the eurozone and I believe the euro will stay,” Meloni said last year. 

Meloni “has been a staunch defender of Ukraine and opponent of Russian aggression,” POLITICO reported. “She’s pro-NATO and ditched much of her Euroskepticisim as she attempted to calm the fears of the European establishment.” Ferraresi agrees: “On foreign policy…Ms. Meloni is aligned with the dominant view on the continent. Formerly friendly with President Vladimir Putin of Russia – she asked the Italian government to withdraw its support of sanctions in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014…she has, since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, reinvented herself as a torchbearer of Atlanticism and a staunch support of NATO.” 

Still, Biden aides are worried that Meloni is not committed to funding Ukraine’s resistance, feeling that the resources could be better spent at home. And “if a major G-7 player begins leaning on Kyiv to find a negotiated settlement to the war – as opposed to funding its resistance – there is a possibility that other nations could follow suit and the continent’s resolve could weaken,” Jonathan Lemire wrote

All of the worry and speculation may be for nought; “This being Italy, one likely outcome is a short-lived government where obvious fissures…deepen, the government accomplishes little, and voters become disillusioned and go hunting for the next savior,” POLITICO reported. 

Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. He lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken. Follow him on Twitter @harrison_kass.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    September 27, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    How remarkable is it that in such a short time span, the extolling of faith, family, and country has gone from being moral and good to ‘fascist.’
    Surely, the world has gone mad…

  2. Yrral

    September 27, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Mussolini in a skirt

  3. Jon

    September 27, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Awesome, a fascist apologist.

  4. Tokyo Woes

    September 27, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    you bait the hook like a pro, dude.

  5. Steven

    September 27, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I am a conservative but I think the Religous right can be a tad fascist, as is the radical left.

  6. GhostTomahawk

    September 27, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    What do you expect from a group of society that hates fathers God and family?

    I find it hilarious that govts who are essentially bankrupt and depending on loans are being asked to contribute to the defense of a non ally.

    Any normal real world circumstance you’d not ask anyone to give money away when the only money they have they borrowed. But we don’t live in the real world. We live in a world where tards like Kass are allowed to contribute to society and vote regularly.

  7. Doug

    September 28, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Time will tell, but politicians are well known to say one thing to get elected and then do the opposite once in power.For example Don Bolduc campaigned during the primary on the premise that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. But he did an about face after winning the GOP nomination and said the election was actually legit.

  8. Him

    September 28, 2022 at 3:30 am

    I read the first sentence of the article, and immediately knew it was written by Far Left Kass. It says more about how far Left Kass is, than the new Italian PM.

  9. Yrral

    September 29, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Ghost , Italy is a society that embrace the Mafia and voted for a convicted child predator Berlusconi as PM

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