There are now some sixty officially recognised political parties having memberships ranging from a hundred or so to nearly two million. Many of these offer bizarre recipes for national salvation, including a small band of fanatics in the Salerno area who claim to have discovered the solution of the problem of perpetual motion, and to be ready to exploit this in the national interest. In addition to the legally constituted parties there are clandestine Neo-Fascists and Separatists. To the latter group I believe we have given secret support. The Separatists’ latest plan for Italian regeneration includes the immediate demolition of all factories, the abolition of the motor car, and the renaming of the months of the calendar after the Roman gods.

Norman Lewis: “Naples ’44: An Intelligence Officer in the Italian Labyrinth”.


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