“I don’t have to answer this question any more. I don’t want to talk about politics. I’m not in the Houses of Parliament, I’m not a political person, I will only talk about football,” said new Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio.
In his first official interview and time in front of the press as the new Sunderland manager, Paolo Di Canio refused to answer questions about whether he holds fascist beliefs. In addition to the statements above, he said the club had already issued “a very good statement” containing “very, very clear words” from himself.
* Personally, this is one of those good things and bad things about reporters. I get that they are just doing their jobs, but sometimes (a lot of the times actually) it seems like press folks try their hardest to just get someone to slip up and say something reckless. I get it. I know what their job is but at the same time, he has said his piece. The team has issued a statement. Even here he answers the question in the way that he wants to answer it, but they keep asking the same damn question again and again. Let it go. I’d be more interested if the reporters defined what it is and wrote about “if someone is a fascist” and what that means for a society and whether or not that is something we have to worry about.
The other thing about it is that its verrrry obvious that this isnt going anywhere. Paolo will be answering these questions for a while.
Check out the presser and some definition after the jump….
In case you didnt know, this is from from Wikipedia on Fascism:
Fascism (pron.: /?fæ??z?m/) is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in mid-20th century Europe. Fascists seek to unify their nation through a totalitarian state that seeks the mass mobilization of the national community, relying on a vanguard party to initiate a revolution to organize the nation on fascist principles. Hostile to liberal democracy, socialism, and communism, fascist movements share certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism, ethnocentrism, and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation and asserts that “superior” nations and races should attain living space by displacing weak and inferior ones.
Fascist ideology consistently invoked the primacy of the state. Strong and charismatic leaders such as Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany embodied the state and claimed indisputable power. Fascism borrowed theories and terminology from socialism but applied them to what it saw as the more significant conflict between nations and races rather than to class conflict, and focused on ending the divisions between classes within the nation. It advocates a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky to secure national self-sufficiency and independence through protectionist and interventionist economic policies. Fascism opposed socialist and communist ideology but was also critical of some aspects of capitalism, arguing for what is sometimes called a Third Position between capitalism and Marxist socialism. Fascist movements emphasized a belligerent, virulent form of nationalism (chauvinism) and a fear of foreign people (xenophobia), which they frequently linked to an exaggerated ethnocentrism. The typical fascist state also embraced militarism, a belief in the rigors and virtues of military life as an individual and national ideal, meaning much of public life is organized along military lines and an emphasis is put on uniforms, parades, and monumental architecture.
Influenced by national syndicalism, the first fascist movements emerged in Italy after World War I, combining elements of left-wing politics with more typically right-wing positions, in opposition to socialism, communism, liberal democracy and, in some cases, traditional right-wing conservatism.