ITALY: Big Black Words

Few insults are deadlier than to tell a male that he is not a man. Yet last week precisely this insult was hurled at Italian bachelors and childless husbands by Benito Mussolini, begettor of a daughter, Edda, and three sons: Bruno, Vittorio, Romano.

The insulting taunt was hurled from a signed article by Il Duce, which all Italian newspapers obediently printed on the same day. Bachelors may well have blushed at these big black words:

Whoever Is Not a Father Is Not a Man!*

"The alarm is sounding and all who can see further ahead than tomorrow (I believe nobody who cannot...