Originally Posted by meathstevie
A lot of people seem to be getting this wrong but fascism itself, although not very nice to say the least, was not necessarily anti-Semitic in it’s early days. As the alliance Mussolini and Hitler grew closer anti-Semitism became the norm although the Italians weren’t too hot on holding razzia’s and organising the mass murder of Italian Jews.
After the Allied invasion of Italy and the fall and propping up of Mussolini as a figurehead by the Nazi’s very significant amounts of Jewish folks were deported from Italy and previously Italian occupied parts of France.
This is an important point. There were even Italian Jews who supported the Fascist movement in it's early days (e.g. Ettore Ovazza, who was sadly killed by the SS in 1943). At the Montreux Fascist Conference in 1934, O'Duffy and Eugenio Coselschi (acting president of the meeting) were against including any hardline anti-semitism into the principles of the "Fascist International", while delegates from some other countries like Romania wanted it to be a central point.
Overall, O'Duffy was certainly a right-wing nationalist and favoured an authoritarian form of government, but to imagine that his ideals were akin to Nazism is ridiculous. He may have favoured Catholics, but there was no talk of genocide or Nuremberg Laws in Ireland from his side. Anti-Communism and Catholic nationalism seem to have been the central tenets of his ideology by the time the National Corporate Party was founded, not European conquest or a crusade for racial supremacy.