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Fascist etiquette?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Aug 14, 2003

Could you dream up a scenario in which, during the era of World War II, one individual would be friendly with both Hitler and Churchill?

I couldn't. But it happened.

Today's NY Times carries afascinating obituary for Lady Diana Mosley: a British expatriate, fascist, and-- perhaps above all-- socialite.

If I read the story correctly, this was a woman who took her ideas seriously-- seriously enough to go to jail for them. She was, in fact, a rabid ideologue. But there were limits. She might betray her husband and her country, but there must never be unpleasantness at a dinner party.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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