How far were Mussolini's policies really fascist?

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Mussolini was the inventor of fascism but did he really apply his own rules? Or did he change his policy so that he gains more support? Mussolini said that the individual is for the state and can be free as long as the state allows this. Fascism in Italy was popular but through chance and luck Mussolini was able to gain total power in short time and without a huge support, he said he would help the economy to rebuild and to help Italy to become a strong country. His main aim was to make Italy a strong power in the world; it should be seen equal to England and France. The "Battle of the Lira" was one way of him to show this strength in this "Battle" he raised the exchange rate of the Lira so that it looked like Italy was an economic strong country, but this did not help the economy at all.

Through the high exchange rate Italy was not able to export as much and so the economy lost, in fact this shows that Mussolini followed his idea of fascism, but at the same time this lead to opposition hence many people suffered because of this.

Mussolini cared alot about details, he was of the opinion that ancient Rome should represent fascist Italy. And he really did change the city of Rome; he destroyed building just to make old ruins of the ancient Rome visible. Mussolini did use propaganda very effectively, not as effective as Goebbels, but he used it and many people believed his ideas of a "perfect Italian". They should speak proper Italy, do not shake hands and have big families. Of course many people ignored this policies because even the population saw them as useless. Mussolini encouraged many families to...