Re: Theos-World CHUCK ON THE NAZIS
Jul 05, 2006 10:23 AM
In a message dated 7/5/2006 11:00:10 AM Central Standard Time,
I would appreciate any commentaries -- and especially further
bibliographical evidences -- about the issue.
It has been many years so I can't give you the exact month, but in 1925, you
will find that the Adyar Theosophist published a very long, two part article
praising Mussolini's Italy.
Now, you must understand the appeal of fascism in that period. Europeans in
particular were not used to the idea of popular democracy as we understand
the concept. They had a very top-down view of how things should be and the
post WWI world was very confusing to them. Leaders mattered!
Given that, it is not surprising that Mrs. Besant, with her love of
hierarchy and uniforms, would fall into that trap. Rational thought, critical
thought was never her strong point.
And this was not just confined to Europeans. In the United States, there
was some pretty nasty eugenics legislation and some visual trappings that
proved to be so embarrassing that you have to really dig into old movies to find
them. For example, in saying the Pledge of Allegiance, the practice was to
start with the hand over the heart and then, at the phrase "to the flag" move
the right hand out in an exact duplicate of the Nazi salute. That disappeared
really fast in the 1930s, but the Roosevelt administration actively
encouraged parades by industrial workers, (in the 1980s these folks were derided as
"the marching morons with shovels" as an explanation of why the Democrats were
having so much trouble) which looked terribly similar to Nazi parades, so
similar in fact that German ambassador was said to have remarked that the only
difference was that in Germany they wore swastikas. Those disappeared too
and it is actually rather hard to find newsreel footage of them.
Hitler was a great fan of Zane Grey western novels and Henry Ford's
anti-semetic diatribe was one of his inspirations.
My point of all this is that given the culture of the time, it would not be
surprising if there were an intersect between Nazi ideology and Theosophy.
On the contrary, it would be surprising if there were not.
Chuck the Heretic
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