Thursday, 30 August 2012
Recently I have been discussing how most of the world, particularly non-western countries, have little to no concept of political correctness. This is a perfect example. A man in the Gujarat state of India has opened a clothing store called "Hitler," and in both the logo on the front and on his business cards he has a little swastica in the dot over the "i."
Now if someone tried to do this in the US he would probably not be allowed to open up shop, in spite of the first ammendment. No one would allow that in their community without a fight, and the proprieter would probably be blacklisted so that it would be very hard for him to open up a business under a different title or get work somewhere working for someone else. But India is different because on average they have no concept of political correctness, and will not react to a thing like this with the same level of emotion. But, there are people in the community (a small Jewish presence is there) pushing on this man to change the logo but he says he will not do it unless someone covers the cost. In the meantime no one will make him, and chances are it will not hurt his business.
To be fair, the swastica does not mean the same thing in India that it means in the US or Europe today. Today the swastica can still seen all over India. It is also worth noting that the swastica was present in classic and medieval European art, and in ancient Persian art. My theory is that the swastica was probably created by an ancient Indo-European folk hero who existed at a time when the Indo-European race was still living in one place. The hero may have been illiterate, and used the swastica as his mark, as illiterate people will often do when they need to sign something. Hitler was probably aware of how common the swastica was across Indo-European cultures, and latched onto it as a racial symbol for that reason.
For the Hindus the swastica is a religious symbol. When I went to India I was surprised at how prevalent it was. You can see it spraypainted on the front of the walls surrounding people's homes, and on the sides of vehicles. I also saw it decorating the grills of large trucks. They were using the swastica as a religious symbol well before the Nazis appropriated it for their purposes, and they continue to do so today. It is probably safe to say that most people in India are fairly ignorant when it comes to Hitler, either not knowing who he was or not knowing what he was about. Education in India is also different. In India they tend to focus more on vocations and skills during the educational process, and less on gen-eds and liberal arts. They don't get the same amount of education in history and literature as children in the US, and the agenda bias there is different. They aren't concerned about white supremacists, they are more concerned about Pakistan and China. In addition, they also do not recognize special ed conditions there other than mental retardation, and things like ADD and OCD are taken as bad behavior or rebellion, and dealt with as such.
So why did this guy open a store called Hitler? The man who opened the store has claimed ignorance, stating that he never heard of Hitler prior to opening the store, and that he was naming his store after a nickname given to the grandfather of his store partner. In the case of this man I simply do not believe him. Hindu's usually put four dots with the swastica when they use it, but this guy left them out, and with a name like Rajesh Shah he is probably not a Hindu. Odds are this man is Muslim, so he would not be using the swastica for religious purposes. In any case, he put the swastica in his logo which means that he associated it with Hitler, which means that he at least knew who Hitler was even if his knowledge about Hitler was incomplete. Being a Muslim, this guy may even be a Hitler sympathizer, as are many other Muslims around the world today. When Muslims protest in Europe they often shoute "God bless Hitler," and it is also worth noting that during WWII there were Muslims fighting on Hitlers side in the Middle East and North Africa.
I don't have a statistic on this, but there are a few people in India who do honestly think that Hitler was a hero, or a person worthy of admiration. Some time ago someone attempted to open a restaurant in Mumbai called "Hitler's Cross" but following complaints from the Israeli embassy the name was changed. In addition there was a Bollywood movie made about Hitler called "Dear Friend Hitler," which omits a lot of the negative aspects about Hitler that made him so infamous. The fact that a movie like DFH was made means that there are too many people who have incorrect views about Hitler.
There are some people who seriously think that Hitler would have been a friend of India because he fought against the English, which weakened their hold on India. I once argued with a 19 year old Indian guy who thought Hitler and the Nazis were good people worthy of admiration. He even went so far as to say that the Nazis were God's people, which is quite the opposite of the truth in real life. Again, I definitely believe that Indians who admire Hitler are a small fraction of the population, but the fact that people like that exist is enough reason for me to reiterate what Hitler was and what he stood for.
What Hitler was About:
Hitler referred to non-white people (and some other white ethnicities that he just didn't like) as "untermensch" which literally means "under-man," or lesser man if you will. Hitler, like all white supremacists, was concerned primarily with the welfare of white people, and by that I mean racial purity and geographic dominance. While I do consider myself to be pro-white (out of enlightened self interest) I could never jump on the white supremacist bandwagon because of their views on race mixing. They tend to view mixing with other races as a form of dysgenics, and have an obsession with racial purity which can only be described as OCD. All white supremacists believe that having non-white people around is dangerous, because they are terrified that someone will impregnate one of their women and thus pollute the gene pool. One drop is all it takes to make someone a lesser man, and once perfection is lost it can never be recovered. To Hitler the Indians and other hybrid peoples would be viewed as an abomination and an example of what not to do.
We can guess how he would have treated Indians based on how he treated the Gypsies. Hitler hated the Gypsies and put them into death camps just like he did with the Jews, and it has been proven through studies that the Gypsies were originally a nomadic tribe of Indians. Now, it is true that there is a long history of animosity between Europeans and Gypsies, but I can't imagine Hitler treating anyone who closely resembles Gypsies with respect.
Someone might say, "Well we didn't do anything to them." But it does not matter. That is like saying that the insect that falls into the spider's web is safe because he never did anything to the spider. You don't have to do anything to provoke people like that. They have an ideology which tells them that they are superior and everyone else is inferior, so they will kill you just because you are different and in the way. Islam is like this as well.
"But they worked with the Japanese." Yes, they worked with the Japanese, but it was not an alliance of mutual admiration, it was one of convenience. Both the Japanese and Germans viewed one another as inferior races. They worked together in the same way that two misanthropic playground bullies might agree to divide up the playground for a time so that they will individually encounter less resistance as they steal candy from the other kids. Originally they Nazis and Russians were allies but the Nazis turned on them.
Everyone should understand what the Nazis were about.
Nazi Germany had no freedom of speech, and people could be arrested, detained, and executed without trial for speaking against the state. With NDAA we are now headed in that direction, and everyone should be disturbed by that. But aside from that there are two reasons why I especially dislike the Nazis.
I was raised in a Christian conservative home, and one of the concepts drilled into my head at an early age was that the Jews were God's chosen people. I grew up believing that it was blasphemous to curse the Jews or wish them ill as a people. So to me what Hitler did to the Jews was blasphemous and Satanic, and even if their uniforms looked cool or whatever, there is no amount of window dressing that will make up for the evil things they did.
Another thing I strongly dislike is how the cultural Marxists were able to use Hitler and the Nazis as a springboard to launch their ideology. Cultural Marxism started after WWI, but it really did not even begin to take off until after WWII. The Nazis gave them the fuel to launch their culture war on western civilization, and since then they have continually used the Nazis to villify and browbeat the entire non-Islamic white race (those who are in Islam are not subject to criticism and get a free pass to do whatever they want). Nevermind that it was white people who stopped the Nazis, and more white people died than anyone else during WWII to stop them. White people stopped him because his ideology and actions were contrary to their values and way of life. If all white people were closet racists and Nazis as the cultural Marxists say, then all of them would have just jumped into Hitlers boat, and today we would all be goose stepping and speaking German, and most of the rest of the world would be dead.
But I digress, my point is that no one should be admiring Hitler. That man caused so much trouble, both directly and indirectly, and people need to understand what he was about. White people should not admire Hitler because he was an evil despot and many of our ancestors died to stop him, and everyone else should dislike him because he wanted to kill them all eventually.
The article on the Hitler store: http://news.yahoo.com/hitler-clothing-store-stirs-anger-india-133743884.html