Mussolini gained power over Italy during the beginning of World War 1 as a leading member of fascism. He became prime minister in 1922 and lead the paramilitary Fascist movement in 1919. Mussolini continued to maintain his control over society by inciting violence on those who opposed of his fascist ideology. The Fascist state ruled Italy violently, demonstrating its negative power and spread into society through internment, physical assaults, economic deprivations, intimidation, prejudice, and other forms of force. With the use of his paramilitary, Mussolini was able to “…destroy trade union headquarters and drive Socialist and Communist officials from office” (Trueman).