Benito Mussolini

The Death of a Rotten Soul: ‘Blessed is the Righteous Judge’
October 21, 2011

Colonel Qaddafi is dead, and he was apparently killed by Libyan liberation forces although there is a slight chance that the actual death-weapon was another truly decisive contribution of NATO in the war against the more-than-mad dictator. If this hypothesis gains currency, watch for the clamor of complaint from the Russians, the Chinese, the Cubans, the Venezuelans, and a bunch of African states that were on the tyrant’s payroll that justice has been pre-empted by the trigger-happy Western Europeans.

Is Donald Trump a Demagogue?
May 07, 2011

Unless you live under a rock, you know Donald Trump is thinking about running for president. His sensational public endeavors—pushing the White House to release President Obama’s long-form birth certificate and, most recently, questioning the authenticity of the president’s academic record—have met with astonishment, outrage, and dismay.

Saint and Sinner
February 08, 2010

Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone By Stanislao Pugliese (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 426 pp., $35) In June 1950, Ignazio Silone and Arthur Koestler, two of the most prominent anti-communist writers of that era, attended a convivial dinner party in West Berlin. They had gathered with several other intellectuals to celebrate the founding conference of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an American-sponsored riposte to the Soviet Cominform’s “peace conferences” of the preceding year.

John Patrick Diggins, 1935-2009
December 15, 2009

The death of my friend Jack Diggins has led me to look up my edition of Montaigne in search of the essay on friendship, and I am amazed to see what is there. The essay catalogues and describes the various types of intimate relationships that Montaigne notices in the old Greek and Roman authors--sexual relationships between men and women, and between men and boys; the family relationships of parents and children, and between siblings; the relationship of marriage. And among those several kinds of intimacy, friendship looms in Montaigne's eyes as the purest and best.

The End Of Mussolini
January 16, 2007

Just in case you wanted to know how The New York Times, which has gone bananas over Saddam Hussein's execution, felt about "The End of Mussolini," take a look below: The wretched end of Benito Mussolini marks a fitting end to a wretched life.

Spare Saddam?
December 27, 2006

On April 28, 1945, Benito Mussolini was shot, along with his mistress, Clara Petacci, and 15 other top Fascists as they tried to escape to Austria. It's not exactly clear who shot them, either a communist partisan or a socialist, both higher ups in the National Liberation Committee. They were strung up, hanging by their feet and with heads down, the next day in a Milan square. This is what Mussolini had routinely done to his critics and enemies, aside from the usual brutalities of the first Fascist regime in Europe.