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Can someone edit this ridiculous article?
From the article: "The Republic differed from fascism in that it did not promote aggressive war but only defensive war."
Unfortunately, this is not true. One of the very premises of the republic is Glaucon's insistence on a luxurious state, which is achieved through robbery from neighbouring states. The above sentence should be deleted from the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 19:07, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
He had was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, and had his children baptized, what does that make him? On a side note, the Christian apologists trying to revise history and say he was atheist, how does it make the church look that he had to PRETEND to be Catholic to do what he did? He was obviously Catholic. The source that says he's an atheist simply says D.M. Smith, 1982. It doesn't even give the name of the book. Those should be removed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 00:28, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Mussolini was effective LEADER of the PSI
I was slightly shocked to discover that Mussolini's Leadership of the PSI (1912-1914) is not included in this biography. He was not just a member of the PSI, he was the leading member of the Party Directorate after being elected at the Congress of Reggio Emilia in 1912.
"Mussolini's efforts, as Party Leader and editor of Avanti!, brought considerable success for Italian Socialism." page 136. Young Mussolini and the Intellectual Origins of Fascism By Anthony James Gregor, University of California Press, 1 Jan 1979
At the age of 29 Musssolini was an out and out Marxist and Revolutionary Socialist.
"In 1912, aged twenty-nine, and still young-looking, thin, stern, with large, dark, luminous eyes, he took over the Italian Socialist Party at the Congress of Reggio Emilia, by insisting that socialism must be Marxist, thoroughgoing, internationalist, uncompromising. Lenin, reporting the congress for Pravda (15 July 1912), rejoiced: 'The party of the Italian socialist proletariat has taken the right path.'" Paul Johnson. 1983. Modern Times. Harper Collins. p.57 http://archive.org/stream/ModernTimes_305/42024947-19032115-Johnson-Paul-Modern-Times-the-World-From-the-Twenties-to-the-Nineties-Revised-Edition-Harper-Collins-1991_djvu.txt
"On July 7, 1912, the Italian Socialist Party opened its thirteenth national congress in Reggio Emilia. Participating as an almost unknown delegate from the Forlì province, Mussolini emerged from the congress with a personal success and an appointment to the national leadership of the party."
Falasca-Zamponi, Simonetta. Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini's Italy. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1997 1997. http://cdn.preterhuman.net/texts/religion.occult.new_age/occult.conspiracy.and.related/Falasca-Zamponi,%20Simonetta%20-%20Fascist%20Spectacle.pdf
How can you just say he was a mere member of the Italian Soialist Party? He was on the National Directorate and de facto leader!
You might be interested that Mussolini set up the Lugano Conference in 1914 that led to the re-invigoration of the Socialist International http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=oUnkIgf2aH0C&pg=PA21&lpg=PA21&dq=lugano+conference+mussolini&source=bl&ots=R6spb5oKW3&sig=XB_Mks4uZAp_ae_NZUO865AtXtc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0cMEVKHtNc-58gW88YHgBQ&ved=0CDkQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=lugano%20conference%20mussolini&f=false
Mussolini changed his view as Italy entered the war but the child of Lugano was the Zimmerwald Conference and the rise in popularity of Lenin. Mussolini was pivotal to both Internationalist and National Socialism. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 19:20, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Suggested text, replace:
Originally a member of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI), Mussolini was expelled from the PSI due to his opposition to the party's stance on neutrality in World War I.
In 1912 Mussolini was the leading member of the National Directorate of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI). Prior to 1914 he was a keen supporter of the Socialist International, starting the series of meetings in Switzerland that organised the communist revolutions and insurrections that swept through Europe from 1917. Mussolini was expelled from the PSI due to his opposition to the party's stance on neutrality in World War I.