Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
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On neo-Fascist Italian hobbits.

Just as further proof that Fascists aren't the brightest people you are likely to run across in this life, in Italy "The Lord of the Rings" is seen by Fascists as a book endorsing Fascism.

In the 1970s, neo-fascist summer training centers nicknamed ''Hobbit Camps'' were set up by the National Alliance's predecessor, the neo-Fascist Italian Social Movement (MSI). National Alliance's youth wing plans a campaign to boost membership, inviting students to ``enter the fellowship,'' an allusion to ``The Fellowship of the Ring,'' the first book of the Tolkien trilogy.

All I can say is that if the best Italians can aspire to are the "glories" of Mussolini and the Italian army during WWII, then they've really lost it. There's only one thing that made the Italian Fascists great... they were fighting alongside the Germans.

Still didn't do Mussolini much good, though. He was shot and strung up like a pig, but even the guards couldn't keep his body away from the vengeance of his own people, who spat on him, shot him repeatedly, beat his body to a pulp, and kicked him in the head just to watch him swing around like a demented tetherball.

I don't know what kind of historical revisionist you'd have to be to make Fascism seem like a step in the right direction...
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