ITALY: Who Sings War

Signor Filippo Tomaso Marinetti founded Futurism in Art with a famed manifesto on Feb. 20, 1909. In the name of Futurism he later urged letting canals run through art galleries-to blot out the pestilential past. Still later Signor Marinetti fought for Fascism, and became a close friend of II Duce. Down through the years he poured out Futurist manifestoes echoing Fascist policies.

When Fascist Italy was short of wheat, Futurist Marinetti cried out against spaghetti, warning that it was farinaceous, fattening and foolish-making, that in the next war "the most nimble people will win." In a campaign against conservative, bourgeois...

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