Mussolini was an unruly and aggressive child. He was a bully and he changed a lot of schools where he was stabbing his fellow pupils with the penknife. He was very intelligent and although he was a bad student, he passed all the exams without difficulty. His family was not rich.
He moved to Switzerland, and for the next few years he was gaining a reputation through writing and speaking about socialism. After, he returned to Italy and was writing for popular Italian socialist newspaper in which he strongly opposed Italy’s involvement in World War 1, but later he changed his mind.
He was promoting Italy to go to war and to fight. He was expelled from the Communist Party because he resigned from one of the communist newspapers. His new philosophy was: “From today onward we are all Italians and nothing but Italians. Now that steel has met steel, one single cry comes from our hearts—Viva l’Italia!” It was the birth cry of fascism. Mussolini went to fight in the war.