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Remembering Gabriele D’Annunzio:
March 12, 1863–March 1, 1938

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gabriele-d-annunzio_a3_2_news_imgToday is the birthday of Gabriele D’Annunzio, novelist, poet, playwright, aesthete, dandy, playboy, war hero, and the first fascist dictator, who from 1919 to 1920 ruled over the Adriatic city-state of Fiume, establishing many of the political and aesthetic forms followed by Mussolini a few years later. 

To learn more about D’Annunzio’s life and accomplishments, see the following works on this site:



  1. AngloAmerikan
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    To learn more about D’Annunzio I clicked on the first link to Hakim Bey’s piece where I read, “the uniform was black with pirate skull-&-crossbones — later stolen by the SS.” Say what? Use of the symbol as a military insignia began with the cavalry of the Prussian army under Frederick the Great.
    Check out this photo, taken in 1913, of a beautiful Prussian princess.
    Black uniforms and the deaths-head insignia were used by the German Black Brunswickers in the Napoleonic wars. The reason black is commonly used is because most clothes can easily be dyed black to create a uniform.
    One wonders about the rest of Hakim’s article.

    • Vacant Serif
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 2:31 am | Permalink

      A female Hussar, now that is progressive.

  2. WG
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to your review of the Hughes-Hallett bio.

  3. R_Moreland
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    What’s amazing is how a mere century ago there were men in the West like D’Annunzio who could do such mighty deeds as taking over an entire city and proclaiming a new order. Of course, his era was that of the Free Corps and many more revolutionary nationalists. They were operating in the chaos following the end of the Great War, when the older order was disintegrating and the future was open to those who could seize it.

    There are lessons for today.

    We see the Establishment of the USA/EU blundering from war to war, without ever quite fighting them to a finish: in the Middle East, in the Arab Springs, and now perhaps in Ukraine. They have created a sort of perpetual chaos. Meantime, the homefront in Europe is increasingly restive in response to the third world mass migrations and governmental repression.

    It’s a principle of radical political that revolutionaries can seize on a crisis which divides the elites and undermines the faith of the middle class in the system. Perhaps we are heading towards just such a crisis?

  4. Vacant Serif
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    Lol only Counter Currents would link to a Hakim Bey essay on Fiumese irridentism. Well done, Orthodox Moorish Radical fairy on Proto-Fascist icon. I see a possible Broadway production!

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