Il Duce ha sempre ragione!

In English: “Mussolini is always right.” To disagree with Il Duce, as the leader of fascist Italy styled himself, would be to risk cancellation. The permanent kind.

The jut-jawed Duce even canceled his own son-in-law, Count Galeazzo Ciano, for disagreeing with the sentiment that the leader is always right. Ciano was shot by firing squad in 1944 on the orders of Il Duce.

Mussolini himself was eventually canceled, too, on April 28, 1945.

But while Mussolini is a memory, cancel culture has returned, worse this time. It’s not embodied in a single tyrant strutting and nodding in agreement with himself from the balcony of the Palazzo Venezia but emanating from seemingly everywhere except the government.

Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato!

In English: “Everything in the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”

This time, it’s not the state. It’s a million online Mussolinis — sans the fez, but just as belligerently abusive toward anyone who dares to disagree with anything they say is right.

Their behavior has given them practically unlimited power fueled by fear.