From a young age, Mussolini proved to be very rebellious. He became a public speaker, a journalist and he produced propaganda for a trade union, proposing a strike and advocating violence as a means of enforcing demands.
Violence is the way.
Initially, Mussolini believed in socialism and avoided fighting in the war. Later, however, he changed his mind and opposed socialism. He believed Karl Marx’s belief that revolution would follow war. Consequently, he went to fight in WWI.
I will fight for my country!
When Mussolini came back from the war, he created the new force, fasci di combattimento, alongside 200 other republicans, anarchists, syndicalists, discontented socialists, restless revolutionaries, and discharged soldiers. Following this, fascist squads, inspired by Mussolini terrorized socialists, party offices and the local population.
Socialists and other people are all wrong. Follow me and I will show you the right way.
By the late 1921, Fascists controlled a big part of Italy. As the Fascist’s march on Rome began, the King accepted the Fascist’s alternatives on the transfer of power. This was the start of Mussolini’s rule and the Fascist era.
The Fascist Era has began!
Mussolini managed to obtained full dictatorial powers for a year; and in that year he altered the law that now enabled the Fascists to cement a majority in the parliament. The elections in 1924 secured his personal power.
Now that I am the prime-minister, I will make Italy a great country that it used to be.
Mussolini ruled with fear and terror and made Italy into a totalitarian state. Propaganda made it seem like his achievements were astonishing. In reality, however, his achievements weren’t great and were nowhere close to what propaganda made it look like.