This site focuses primarily on symbols representing nations, states, provinces, etc. But what about counties and communities?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the time or energy to tackle municipal symbols. Nor am I up to the challenge of document symbols on license plates, currency, and stamps.
Symbology is a vast subject. The words we say can even be considered symbols. There are many fine websites and books to explore if you have a broader interest in symbols.
However, there are a few non-state symbols I will discuss on this website. Two of my favorites are the pyramid with the all-seeing eye and the swastika. The first one ranks as one of the most popular icons in conspiratology.
The swastika is of special interest because it demonstrates the power of symbols. It’s essentially a stylized star that has been a motif in Asia for centuries, particularly in Buddhism and Hinduism. It also served as an insignia in Finland’s armed forces.
Then came World War II, when Germany was represented by a flag featuring a swastika. The flag was designed by an art student turned political leader named Adolf Hitler.
Caught between the capitalist West and the Marxist Soviet Union, Germany was defeated. The war was followed by a vicious propaganda blitz which branded Hitler and his National Socialists as evil incarnate.
Today, it is illegal to display a swastika in Germany. But what about free speech?
The situation really isn’t much different in the U.S. Though displaying a swastika is legal, U.S. citizens are so brainwashed, they regard the swastika as the mark of the beast. Displaying a swastika will likely get you punched in the nose, or worse. In Asia, entertainers who wear costumes displaying their traditional swastika are roundly condemned by Jews.
The arrogance and hypocrisy are frankly mind boggling. If we are to condemn the swastika because of a flag that flew over Germany for a brief span of time, shouldn’t we also condemn the Christian cross, which has presided over centuries of warfare and religious strife? And what about Israel’s Star of David, which flies over a quasi-legal state that has replaced South Africa as the Land of Apartheid? Believe it or not, Israeli Jews and their Zionist supporters around the world are also guilty of genocide.
There’s a lot to think about. What’s the truth about World War II, Adolf Hitler, and the Holocaust? Can symbols really be good or evil? If we should condemn the swastika, shouldn’t we also condemn our own (U.S.) flag, which played a major role in the American Holocaust?
I’m a big fan of historical accuracy and free speech. What do you think?