This is an image of the young Benito Mussolini, it was taken during his early adult years, since he was murdered in 1945, this image has long been in the public domain as per the attached license on Italian copyright laws. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/97/Benito_Mussolini_Roman_Salute.jpg

When Investigators Threatened His Power, He Declared Dictatorship

He threatened the press, joked about ruling for life and bullied everyone, including the allies who helped him get into office, while enjoying a cult following among his base. When a special judicial investigation threatened to reveal his financial corruption and complicity in criminal acts, he did not hesitate to destroy the democracy he led to remain in power.

Benito Mussolini created the world’s first Fascist dictatorship not just as a counter to the powerful Italian left — that’s a well-known story — but also as a desperate act to avoid prosecution. His time as prime minister of a coalition government (Oct. 31, 1922-Jan. 3, 1925) offers lessons in how democracies die and autocracies are born.

Read the entire essay at The Washington Post

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