Thursday, May 27, 2004

'Name And Visage So Remindful of a Puccini Villain'

I always knew Justice Antonin Scalia was a de facto fascist, but, well, this is Atrios's transcript of Alan Dershowitz's opinion on the matter:

"He's an interesting guy. His father was a teacher at Brooklyn college when I was there. His father was a proud member of the American-Italian fascist party and got his doctorate at Casa Italiano at Columbia at a time when in order to get your doctorate you had to swear an oath to Mussolini. So he comes from an interesting background and he went to a kind of military school in New York which was a place where many children of fascists were educated. Therefore to call him a conservative - he's never expressed any conservative priniciples - he's a statist. He's a man who is well in the tradition of Franco and Mussolini. Not Hitler. He's not an anti-Semite - there's no bigotry or racism in him at all. But he is somebody who has these views which would have been very comfortable in fascist Italy or fascist Spain."

At least one knows now where it comes from. And we all know Mussolini was a self-professed "Corporatist" cf. Scalia's trouncing of all other principles to uphold the corporate interest.