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Living Free Under Fascism: The Existential Nightmare of The Conformist

Born in Northern Italy in 1941, it would not be unfair to say that Bernardo Bertolucci’s first-hand experiences with fascism were likely indistinct and inoffensive to his young mind. Mussolini’s regime had fallen when Bernardo was only two, and the future director had only just turned four when the Salò Republic puppet state had finally … Continue reading Living Free Under Fascism: The Existential Nightmare of The Conformist

COVID-1984? Examining Accusations of Authoritarianism in Pandemic Safety Measures

“You fucking Nazi,” the young man said to me. He was about my height, skinny, and wore a backwards billed cap over his shoulder-length hair. In another world, maybe we could have been friends—but not now, not at this moment in history. For, in the middle of a deadly pandemic, the young man had gone … Continue reading COVID-1984? Examining Accusations of Authoritarianism in Pandemic Safety Measures