The Automobile and the State
1930s Cover Art from R.A.C.I., the Royal Automobile Club of Italy
In fascist Europe, state control over all aspects of the economy, but particularly the automotive industry,was an essential cog in solidifying power. Fascists moved quickly to nationalize the auto industry and re-educate the work force. These cover images of the Italian enthusiast magazine, RACI, reveal the depth the state penetrated into all aspects of Italian life in the 1930s—into manufacturing, sports, and leisure. Consistent themes on the covers include the omnipresence of the police and military, the satisfaction and gratitude of working for the state, the pride of rightist collectivism, the historical inevitability and permanence of fascism and, of course, the adoration of the leader.
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