Not the Borgias. Not Caligulia. Not Mussolini. Not Benneton. The worst Italian ever was Antonio Gramsci. I and another blogger on this fair site were introduced to Gramsci in high school at the feet of an AP history teacher. This AP course, taught to the youth of Greenwich High School, was particularly designed to undermine positive views of America, its founding and its continuing mission. Given the audience, it was a perfect example of Gramsician undermining of the ruling elite.
I have had many fine teachers from first grade until law school. However, it would not be too much of a stretch to say that class made me what I am today ideologically. Since my family nearly had to bug out and all women and children evacuate West from the Army base we were on in Germany when the Soviets invaded Czechloslovakia, I have had a dim view of the Communists.
Some of my family fought them in Vietnam and after that war was over scores of Vietnamese refugees camped out in my cousins houses while they integrated into American life and became ,through adoption, cousins of mine.
All of that was before I was 13 years old however. In AP History I learned that there were whole swaths of America that bought into what the Soviets were selling. In my own community was a man teaching America's elite that it was no good and its history nothing but villainy. I set up to oppose this. For the first time in my life I began 1) to mouth off to my teachers and 2) to fail history. For the first time in my life, my father had to come into school to discuss my grades behavior with the principle.
I began to experience physical symptoms, such as an inability to swallow before attending class. Once when the teacher was late, I got into trouble for saying "Was the lesson late off the wires from Moscow today?" I escaped my poor grades in History that year and got a 5 highest possible on the AP tests. But the die was cast.
Antonio Gramsci was a big reading assignment for us. Since then I have read him again and again and seen the malign influence transform higher education. This article delineates the Gramscian paradigm that has absorbed whole sectors of American life. Seeing this, as a member of NIAF (National Italian American Federation) I can only say Thank God for Sinatra!