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PostAn Appraisal of CasaPound (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 11/23/17 10:03 am)
Our good friend Edward Jajko in his last post, 22 November, asked for my thoughts on CasaPound:
Unfortunately I haven't been involved in political parties for a long time, due to the dreadful condition of Italian politics. Furthermore CasaPound is not yet present in my hometown.
Consider, however, what is happening:
CasaPound has been attacked by all the media. In fact the episode of the reporter who received a head butt is true, but the infamous guy, a supposed mafioso even if he has a clean police record, a short time ago was openly supporting the 5-Star party.
The DP democratic party (ex-communists and leftist Christian Democrats) has repeatedly requested that CasaPound be outlawed because of its Fascist sympathies. When a new office of CasaPound is inaugurated in a town, Red thugs show up in force to hinder it with the support of the ANPI (communist partisans, or better their heirs) and various parties/groups of Marxist/Leninist orientation.
CasaPound is extremely active in the social sphere, with assistance to the poor and participation in rescue operations after earthquakes and other disasters. On top of this, CasaPound rejects the label of "right" (no right, no left), as its members are inspired by the doctrine of Ezra Pound and the social policy of the Repubblica Sociale Italiana.
Their supposed fondness for Putin can be understood, as he is a nationalist, fond of his millennial culture and religion, and an enemy of communism. Moreover in Italy there are no Russian troops and the Russian Ambassador does not give orders to our government to impose self-defeating sanctions and to provide cannon fodder for self-defeating wars.
Therefore, considering the lousy mainstream Italian political parties, CasaPound has very good chances of increasing its presence. If in the spring 2018 elections CasaPound runs in my hometown, I may be tempted to vote for it.
Oh, by the way, terrible news for the anti-fascists. The famous 1935 mural by the great painter Mario Sironi in the Aula Magna of the University La Sapienza di Roma has been restored, eliminating the white paint and anti-fascist motto that covered it in 1950.
JE comments: Why the turtle symbol in the CasaPound logo, Eugenio?
For photos of the Sironi mural, see below. I cannot find an explanation of what was restored, content-wise, but the original fascist eagle does not appear to have been returned to the arch (compare the mural today with the black-and-white original). As the mural "reads" presently, I don't see how observers can pick up any fascist imagery. Socialist-realist murals from the same time period look about the same.