I am begging people to stop pretending to be stupid for the sake of making a point.
I’m still working on my final installment of the “Cancel Culture/Free Speech” project I’ve been chipping away at (I plan to have that posted no later than Thursday), but wanted to send out a quick post about something totally unrelated.
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In 1922, Benito Mussolini and his Blackshirts marched on Rome; a century later, Italy elected one of Il Duce’s ideological successors to lead what is being referred to as “the most right-wing government since World War II.” This sure seems bad, especially if you’re not a fan of fascism. But hey! It’s not all bad!
Italy’s new prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, is a woman! [Pause for applause.] She’s also a member of the far-right neo-fascist Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) party! [Pause for boos.] So who’s to say whether this is a good or bad thing (this is obviously a very bad thing for the world and for the people of Italy)?