Buchignani: “Victory in the elections does not mean that the sovereignist right will become a democratic force”

Buchignani: “Victory in the elections does not mean that the sovereignist right will become a democratic force”
Buchignani: “Victory in the elections does not mean that the sovereignist right will become a democratic force”

Whoever wins the elections, provided they are conducted correctly, is rightly entitled to govern. So too is the nationalist, sovereignist and neo-fascist right. Does this mean that the electoral victory has made forces that are not democratic become democratic and, consequently, we are protected from the danger of authoritarian tendencies? Not at all”. He is convinced of it Paolo Buchignanihistorian and writer, former teacher of contemporary history at the University for Foreigners of Reggio Calabria and ordinary member of the Lucca Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts.

Hitlerin 1933, won the elections and in three months established the ruthless dictatorship we know – continues Buchignani -. Mussolini also came to power legally (he was appointed head of government by the king in October 1922), but then, after three years and violence of all kinds (the assassination of Giacomo Matteotti was certainly not an isolated event), on 3 January 1925 he declared the birth of the dictatorship. Coming to today: Did the fascist Marine Le Pen and the German neo-Nazis AfD become democrats because they dramatically increased their votes in the recent European elections? But are we joking? And Giorgia Meloni? She too, already in government in Italy, emerged victorious from the polls and, on an international level, is moving skillfully to gain a democratic and reassuring licence. But we know well that the political culture of your party is that of the neo-fascist MSI (founded by veterans of Salò) whose flame you proudly keep in its symbol.”

“And what’s worse – continues Buchignani – is there are no signs of a liberal and democratic evolution of FdI, since National Youth, the Melonian youth movement, and therefore the future ruling class of that party, is seething with unequivocally fascist and Nazi ideas, symbols, rites and slogans, as demonstrated (but was already known) by the recent courageous investigation by Fan Page. And Giorgia’s obstinacy in overturning the Constitution with majority blows, reducing the safeguards of democracy such as Parliament and the President of the Republic to impotence, is it a demonstration of democracy or not rather the disturbing sign of an authoritarian vocation? And does going arm in arm with the Hungarian Orban, who theorizes and practices ‘illiberal democracy’ (his definition), i.e. dictatorship, in Hungary, leave us at peace? And the alliance with Salvini, who tries to overtake it on the right, nominating the horrible Vannacci, rooting for the coup plotter and aspiring dictator and teaming up with the worst European right-wing extremism, neo-fascist and neo-Nazi?”.

 
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