EUROPE: Common Men

In a Europe that is steadily congealing into collectivism, a middleaged, roly-poly, red-haired Italian is successfully preaching the gospel of individualism. His message: the future belongs not to the politicians but to uomo qualunque (the common man). Last week a stream of converts—horny-handed artisans, lacquered Army officers, silk-stockinged girls, broad-veiled nuns, clerks and plain common men— were beating a path up a back street of Rome to the house of the prophet.

Guglielmo Giannini, ex-theatrical producer, was deeply gratified. Expansively he placed the number of his followers at 2,000,000. Disavowing all...

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