UPDATE 2: I’m on Radio NZ’s Panel discussing this here. Topic starts about 10:30 in, after ten minutes of waffle.
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When a Lincoln University student hostel held an Oktoberfest party that saw dickheads show up in Nazi regalia and concentration camp outfits , everyone and their grandmother went apeshit.
And when six lumpen idiots at Auckland Grammar were snapped bowing and saluting before Nazi symbols -- “kissing a swastika, bowing before a Nazi banner and making a Nazi salute at an exhibition” – the apoplexy could be heard all the way from Christchurch.
So saluting Nazis is not okay, alright. But get caught carrying pictures of Chairman Mao (death toll around 70 million) – or have a poster of mass-murdererer Che Guevara on your wall (as Victoria University of Wellington’s student union has, as you can see in the pic at right taken from this video series of the VUWSA’s fraudulent democracy-capping) – or go sipping revolutionary coffee in the Havana cafe&bar (paying homage as you do to the murderous Cuban revolution) – and you fit right into today’s culture.
Indeed, head down to relax at the Lenin Bar in Auckland, which pays homage to the man who unleashed the Bolshevik state upon the world and the Cheka upon the Russian people, and you’ll be surrounded by the very journalists writing all those outraged articles about students dressing up in Nazi fancy dress – and who’d be just as violently outraged if a Hitler Bar were to set up next door – or a Himmler's Death's Head Bistro, Quisling's Croissants & Pastries, or Goering's Gelatos.
Surely shumthing wrong here, no? Nazism is still rightly reviled, but the philosophy that killed 100 million people and at one time enslaved around three-fifths of the globe is still given house room. How can that be?
BTW: If you want to track down modern history’s biggest mass-murderers, perhaps your best two resources are Rummel’s Power Kills website (and/or his excellent book Death By Government), and the French publication Black Book of Communism. Read them and weep.
UPDATE: Jim Mora has invited me on as a phone-in guest on Radio NZ’s ‘The Panel’ this afternoon, to discuss the free-speech implications of larrikins in jackboots. I’ll be on around 4:20pm.