Fidel Castro’s originality
"Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state." (Benito Mussolini, Doctrine of Fascism, 1932)
"Dentro de la revolución todo, fuera de ella nada", ("Everything within the Revolution, nothing outside of it.") Fidel Castro June 16, 1961
In an intellectually sane world this coincidence of phraseology would merit more attention.
Mind you, though Benito Mussolini coined the term "totalitarian"(and Fidel Castro greatly admired him and copped from him) life in Fascist Italy was a walk in the park compared to life under any communist regime. Fascist levels of police repression and control over all aspects of life never approached Communist levels.
In his fabulous book "O America! When You and I were Young!" Luigi Barzini mentions a fascinating datum: After living in New York for two years he returned to Italy in 1926. This wasn’t unusual, he writes. Indeed, one-third to one-half of the Italian immigrants to the US in that period returned to Italy . That was Fascist Italy, by the way. Ever heard of many people voluntarily returning to life under communism?
I've always said that calling Fidel Castro a "Fascist!" is a hideous insult to Mussolini.