Annalisa Merelli, “Italy’s Neo-Fascism is What Happens You Normalize Extremism,” Quartz

With time, AN’s sanitized version of fascism earned a place in the democratic debate. A reliable ally of Silvio Berlusconi’s rightwing party Forza Italia, AN joined all of the governmental coalitions that had Berlusconi as prime minister. Through that political legitimation, says Ben-Ghiat, “the people in the fringe became the center, [in] a mainstreaming of the right.” AN’s mainstreaming was also enabled by a tolerant public and media, that shifted to accept the presence of known former fascists in government.

Annalisa Merelli, “Italy’s Neo-Fascism is What Happens You Normalize Extremism,” Quartz
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