Notebook

The fragmentation of Italian politics in reaction to the long stagnant acquiescence under Fascism continues. There are now some sixty officially recognised political parties having memberships 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 region 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 Italy’s regeneration includes the 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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