Fellow Canon Media Award finalist Giovanni Tiso has a recent post on fascism, Kim Dotcom and Mein Kampf.
He is a hard core leftist, but his post may well surprise many of you. He firstly recounts a bit of italian history and the fascination with Mussolini.
I think it shows maturity and a realisation of the facts that so many of the left have conveniently forgotten.
One of the reprehensible lines used in defence of fondly reminiscing about Italian Fascism is that we werenâ€™t as bad as the Germans. German people donâ€™t have that luxury, and although I cannot speak from any direct knowledge of this, it seems they have kept a firmer grip on what can and cannot be published, what will or will not be sold. Neo-Nazism, of course, exists (as it does outside of Germany), but itâ€™s more effectively cauterised from institutions and the wider society than neo-fascism is in Italy.
Which makes it all the less likely that a German person would wear a Waffen-SS helmet as a joke, or do so out of mere ignorance.Â Kim Dotcomâ€™s explanationÂ for the photo above, taken at a Gumball Rally in 2004, is that someone asked him to wear the helmet so that he could take his picture, and he obliged.
I ask you: who would do that? And not just because the photo may come up again at an inopportune time â€“ it seems safe to presume that the last thing on Mr Dotcomâ€™s mind at the time of that rally was that he might some day enter politics in any country â€“ but generally. What kind of joke is it to wear an SS helmet? What does it say about your understanding of politics and history, about who you are?Â Read more »