The picture that you can see here in this post by anti-fascist researcher and radio host Dave Emory is reminiscent, as he points out, of the fascis, « a bundle of rods bound together with an axe head joined to it ». The fascis was chosen by Mussolini to describe the Corporate State. As it is rightfully brought to our attention by Mark Ames in this article, the new « Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks », Makis « Hammer » Voridis, was seen and photographed during his youth chasing down leftist students with a hammer on campus in Greece. He was the leader of a group of fascist students called « Student Alternative » at the University of Athens law school. The character of Voridis himself and his use of a hammer/axe is exemplarily relevant in this context and it opens the doors wide open for me.
Fascism, in its essence, is not a Christian phenomenon. Although it has shown signs of affection for crosses and other Christian symbols, we can’t really say it implies any particular relationship with Christianity. On the contrary. Fascism, and we have seen it in full light with Nazism, is derived rather from the Norse/Scandinavian and/or Germanic mythology, expressed notably in the sacred books of the Eddas. This mythology is centered on the need and the desire to wage war, to prepare for battle, to conquer. There is nothing « Christian » about it. The symbols chosen by Nazi Germany, the torches, the swastika, the crosses, the flags, all these things were realigned to satisfy the needs of a religion of war, destruction and bloodshed. The fact that Mussolini chose the fascis to describe his project for Italy is not incidental and the fact that Makis Voridis used such an instrument in the past is literally a sign, even if it is a bad one, from the heavens to give us a clue. As Emory points out, a fascist junta took power in Greece in 1967 and its leaders were drawn form the residua of WWII collaborationists who were running the local government for the Third Reich.
But there is something that speaks volumes even more. One of the main characters of Norse/Scandinavian mythology is Thor, son of Odin. Well, it just happens that Thor always goes to battle with his favorite companion, Mjöllnir, a hammer… Thor was even integrated in the more modern mythology of Marvel Comics in the sixties. A blockbuster film was made last year about it. And when we know the business connections that exist between American and German corporations and their influence in the rise of fascism in Europe, it is not a surprise. More specifically in terms of Germanic mythology, Odin has its equivalent in the god Wotan. Great psychologist Carl Gustav Jung has written a text on the cult of Wotan and its relationship with the rise of Nazism in Germany and his contemporary criticism remains certainly as valid today as it was yesterday. Wotan is the « the god of storm and frenzy, the unleasher of passions and the lust of battle; moreover he is a superlative magician and artist in illusion who is versed in all secrets of an occult nature ». Sounds familiar with a guy named Hitler? Jung analyses several important aspects of German culture and literature, such as Nietzsche and his masterpiece Thus Spake Zarathustra, the inheritage of Meister Eckhart, the relationships between Wotan and Dionysus, among other things.
So, my friends, I would ask you, is Makis « Hammer » Voridis, an incarnation of Thor, descending form the skies…or just another puppet of a fascist takeover of Greece that is to come really soon?
This fantastic little film made in 1945 just after the war is a fine example of classic propaganda. The enemy is demonized, portrayed as the ultimate evil, etc. But the problem is that…roughly, it’s true. Germans are a ruthless people. They are as savage as any other nation with imperialistic ambitions can be. They want to conquer the world and rule it as emperors and dictators, not as liberal democrats. Starting in 1870, they were at the onset of every major conflict in the world. And if you look at their mythology, the Nordic/Germanic/Scandinavian myths, legends and stories, you will see that there is no trace of democracy, freedom of speech, love of one’s neighbour, sharing or giving to people in need. This mythology presents stories of warriors who fought to win. Period. There is no project of civilization, no one for the betterment of mankind, nothing in terms of social progress. In fact, the mythology is the complete opposite of the Judeo-Christian tradition in which the things that I have mentioned are important and take a central role. No. The Nordic/Germanic/Scandinavian mythology aims at one thing: conquer and rule. So it is no surprise if Germans tried on three different occasions in the last century to install their domination over the world.
One element that is tremendously important in this movie, is the assumption that Nazis are now (in 1945) in America planning for the next war. The film shows images of Nazi Party rallies in the U.S. where the swastika and the U.S. flag are side by side. And the narrator goes on to say that now they (the Nazis) are among us, trying to set the conditions necessary for them to establish their fascist state. Well…when you look at all the events that took place since 1945 in the U.S. and throughout the world, one has to be a fool to think that it is not exactly what has been taken place. Just think how our rights have diminished and are ridiculed now. Certain things that are going on today would have been literally impossible in the ’70 when I was a little kid. And when you look at the general level of intelligence, understanding and awareness that standard citizens possess today compared to what it was in the ’70 at the height of the Flower Power movement, of the Return-to-the-Land movement, etc, you will see that that level has decreased significantly. Conversations on politics, values and moral issues that were standard, normal and appreciated in these days are now marginal, exceptional and sometimes judged non-relevant, non-productive, boring or even suspect, curious, or labelled as « conspiracy theory ». Continuer la lecture