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PostProgressive Floism: WAISers Respond (Alan Levine, USA, 04/01/13 3:15 pm)
Personally, I think the United Nations is overdoing it. I can understand giving Flo most executive powers, but control of the world military, too? That's a step too far.
But, as always, I very much enjoy the WAIS debate about Flo, which I will I summarize here:
Nigel Jones finds Flo more corrupt than the EU.
Vincent Littrell worries about Flo's policy toward the Bahai.
Cameron Sawyer and Gilbert Doctorow disagree (in a very enlightening way) about what the Russian elites think about Flo.
Randy Black finds Flo as socialist as Obama.
Richard Hancock forwards an interesting Wall Street Journal article on Flo, with which John Eipper takes issue.
Timothy Ashby recounts his secret meeting with Flo in Havana.
Istvan Simon personally knew Flo in Hungary, and his wife knew her in Beijing.
The Brazilian WAISers disagree on Flo's role in the military dictatorship.
And finally, our new WAISers from Italy wonder what Flo was doing during the rise of Fascism.
JE comments: With the no-nonsense candor of the Political Scientist, Alan Levine has summed up the WAIS debate on Floism...before it even happens!
I have one more response to add, from Edward Jajko:
"I, for one, welcome our new leader--and how nice to read the words 'former US President Barack H. Obama.'"
(JE again): Curiously, I have yet to hear from Flo herself, although she must be busy working on the myriad details of the Transition.
Once again, happy April 1st to all. Pax, lux, and Go with the Flo!
Flo and Fascism
(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy
04/02/13 5:28 PM)
Answering the intriguing post of Alan Levine (1 April), I can state that I have conducted some research on Flo and her family. It turns out that her grandmother was among the young Fascist snipers organized by Pavolini, who defended the city of Florence down to the last man and woman. Flo's grandmother can clearly be recognized in the book La Pelle (The Skin) of Kurt Erich Suckert, nom de plume Curzio Malaparte, WWII volunteer, war reporter and famous writer. Politically he was very eclectic--a friend of Ciano, fascist, antifascist, involved with the US intelligence service and later a communist: The book La Pelle is dedicated to Colonel Henry H. Cumming of the University of Virginia, and to all good American comrades in arms from 1943 to 1945.
Malaparte was a very interesting figure; like Pavolini they were both great soldiers and writers.
JE comments: Flo and the Florentine connection--why are the most obvious things often the hardest to see?
Flo's world dictatorship, already 36 hours old, has generated very little discussion on WAISworld. I take this as a tacit approval of her sweeping reformist agenda. Eugenio Battaglia has convincingly demonstrated the influence on Floism of Kurt Erich Suckert/Curzio Malaparte, whose bizarre life sounds like an April Fool's narrative. But in Malaparte's case, it's all true:
Malaparte briefly came up on WAIS several years ago. Here's an Alain de Benoist post from 5 December 2006: