I think it is possible to outline a list of features that are typical of what I would like to call Ur-Fascism or Eternal Fascism.
These features cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict each other and are also typical of other kinds of despotism or fanaticism.
But it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it.
In 1942 at the age of ten I received the First Provincial Award of Ludi Juveniles (a voluntary, compulsory competition for young Italian Fascists—that is for every young Italian).
I elaborated with rhetorical skill on the subject ‘Should we die for the glory of Mussolini and the immortal destiny of Italy?’
My answer was positive.
I was a smart boy.
I spent two of my early years among the SS – Fascists – Republicans and partisans shooting at one another and I learned how to dodge bullets.
It was good exercise.