Sergio Panunzio

Segio Panunzio
Born July 20, 1886
Molfetta, Italy
Died October 8, 1944
Occupation Theoretician

Sergio Panunzio (July 20, 1886 October 8, 1944) was an Italian theoretician of national syndicalism. In the 1920s, he became a major theoretician of Italian Fascism.

Early life

Sergio Panunzio was born on July 20, 1886 in Molfetta, Italy. He started his political involvement young by associating with syndicalist circles in 1902. From the University of Naples, he obtained two degrees in jurisprudence in 1908 and in philosophy in 1911.


Panunzio became the head of the Fascist Faculty of Political Sciences at Perugia University in 1928.

Panunzio said that syndicalism is the historical development of Marxism. He pointed to George Sorel and Francesco Saverio Merlino as revising Marx to fit the times and emboldening it. He is said to have spearheaded the revisionism that led many syndicalists through interventionism to corporativism and he ostensibly "gave Mussolini’s dictatorship a veneer of revolutionary legitimacy."[1]

Panunzio criticized the Soviet state as a "dictatorship over the proletariat, and not of the proletariat." Also, he is quoted as saying "Moscow bows before the light radiating from Rome. The Communist International no longer speaks to the spirit; it is dead." He opposed the anti-Semitic campaign of 1938. A strong supporter of the state for its own sake, he had a long-running academic dispute with corporatist Carlo Costamagna regarding the role of fascism.[2]


Panunzio died on October 8, 1944.



  1. Clarke, Jay. "Fascism and Bolshevis". History of Modern Italy. Archived from the original on 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2006-04-24. (From the Internet Archive, 15 March 2005)
  2. Philip Rees, Biographical Dictionary of the Extreme Right Since 1890, 1990, p. 68
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