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The Image Machine of Alfredo C. - Serving Two Masters: Mussolini’s Moviemaker and His Red Reels of Albanian Agitprop

Ed Rampell Hollywood Progressive
For almost two decades before 1939, Alfredo Cecchetti worked as a cameraman documenting the rise of the Fascist Party in Italy and its leader Il Duce, Benito Mussolini. Alfredo C. helped to immortalize the great machine of the Italian Fascist Regime – both in Italy covering countless public appearances of Mussolini and after 1939, the Italian invasion of Albania, as he followed the Italian troops and then filmed the new Italian settlers. Embedded in the archive are many films that were part of the Italian Fascist propaganda machine.

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Strongmen

Charles Kaiser The Guardian
Ruth Ben-Ghiat delivers a superb examination of how close the US came to fascism – and how it has propped it up before.

The Threat of Fascism Won’t End with Trump

Betsy Hartmann Portside
It will take sustained progressive political pressure now and into the future to dismantle the powerful fascist forces that threaten our democracy.

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Media Have Misjudged Fascists Before

John Broich The Conversation
Not long before Mussolini and Hitler came to power, much of the US press believed that power would "moderate" them, or considered them something of a joke. Are we seeing similar mistakes today?
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