What is a 'Fascist?'
Once in power, Mussolini had no immediate program for solving Italy's social and economic problems other than giving free rein to big business (both urban and rural), being "pragmatic," and preaching the need for discipline.
Like Communists, Fascists employed totalitarian methods, but for conservative rather than socialist ends.
Far more totalitarian toward the left than toward the right, Italian Fascists crushed the labor movement but allowed big business to run its affairs with a minimum of government interference
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