Fasces, Fascism, and How the Alt-Right Continues to Appropriate Ancient Roman Symbols

Fasces, Fascism, and How the Alt-Right Continues to Appropriate Ancient Roman Symbols

The fasces were often used in architecture as well.  For example, the façade of the Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution or in numerous examples of the Casa Littoria (Fascist party headquarters) in various towns — most of which are still standing.

As Baxa tells us, Mussolini’s monogram (often enshrined in mosaic) combined an “M” with the fasces. He minted coins and commissioned numerous reliefs that used the sticks. In each case, the fasces served as a visual argument for his own authority by referencing both Italian history and the long history of the ancient Roman fasces as a symbol of legitimate and necessary force.

When James Alex Fields and the other white nationalists at the “Unite the Right” rally gathered with shields bearing the Roman fasces with an axe, the message of legitimate force was again visible. Like the use of SPQR or the appropriation of torches, all of these adopted symbols may look like harmless references to the past, but this particular iconography is historically tied to violence. If Italian Fascism has taught us anything, it is that the appropriation of ancient history provides these groups with a false origin story and a sense of authority to use violence that they cannot rightly claim and should never be given.

via Hyperallergic Fasces, Fascism, and How the Alt-Right Continues to Appropriate Ancient Roman Symbols

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  1. If the French go with La Pen as Macron losses it, their troubles have only begun. They will be like The USA, Japan, The Ukraine. More appeasement of rich and corporations. Hate. Racism will grow more pitched.

    Superficially, it will look like things are better because they will appease corporations, cut taxes for the rich more. There maybe son extra low wage jobs created. They may keep reactors open to appease nuclear workers. There will be worse loss security for pensioners as trump has done and cuts in favor of corporations.

    There will be greater risk of nuclear accidents, of war, or civil unrest as nuclear and industry is deregulated.

    It feels like Bannon is in France. Doing the racist dirty work . Thw lies and divisive nonsense. We know how it has returned out in America. Macron is awful but, people do not understand it can get worse. Good luck to the French.

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