Mussolini early academic life was poor until he got expelled by a boarding school in Faenza because he stabbed another student. Therefore he went to another school and he got his academic high school diploma, after this he went to Switzerland to avoid the military service where he also met socialist people. He came back to Italy in 1904 and started to engage himself in politics. He began in politics by first becoming a journalist. He became a writer for a newspaper in Austria in 1908. During this time of his life be wrote frequently and put together a book, called The Cardinal’ s Mistress (www.
Because of his large following of the political group Socialism, he lost his job at the newspaper. He eventually became a journalist at another newspaper. The newspaper was in Forli. It was a Socialist newspaper and it was called La Lotta di Classe (The Class Struggle) (www. During this time he became interested in a lot of philosophies. He read philosophy from people like Karl Marx and philosophy from people like Friedrich Nietzsche. Other philosophers he read that aren’ t as popular are Auguste Blanqui and Georges Sorel.
In 1910 he gained his first political position. He was made the secretary of the Socialist political group in Forli. During this time his political beliefs were very different from what they would later turn into. Later he began to really promote his country extremely, while in 1910 he said that he was antipatriotic. Soon after becoming the secretary Italy made war on Turkey and they put Mussolini in jail because of his political views. They released him after not too long and he then went to Milan where he became a very important leader of the labor group.
In Milan, he was the editor of a Social newspaper called Avanti as well (Giuseppe, Web). As a labor leader, he identified with the lower classes and workers and said that they should unite against the government. In 1914 World War I started. Mussolini said, along with Socialist group, that Italy should not be in the World War I. He wasn’ t anti-war, because he thought that if war were to occur it should be between the poor people and the rich people.
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