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[en][Translation] The Di Canio case: children are watching

May 1, 2013

Struggles in Italy

Original post published here. Thanks to Luca Pisapia and La Privata Repubblica.

“Always historicize.” Fredric Jameson

di canio fascista

Children are watching. And they are frightened by our indifference to fascism. When, on 31 March 2013, Paolo Di Canio – a despicable being who wrote repeatedly in his autobiography of his admiration for Mussolini and, amongst many ostentatious tattoos, has the word “Dux” on his arm and on his back a likeness of Mussolini wearing a helmet surmounted by an eagle – was employed as a coach by Sunderland, the usually measured CNN headlined breaking sports news as “EPL appoints a fascist manager”.(1) A few hours later, when the former Labour MP, David Miliband, resigned, the headline became “‘Fascist’ Di Canio’s appointment prompts MP to quit soccer club.”

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