I didn't think it was possible, but Pajamas Media has actually gone downhill in the past year. Like all sources of demagoguery, it's only a matter of time until they give in completely to paranoia. It appears that the time is now. On Monday the great repository of truth (the "PJ Tatler", which I believe is supposed to represent "tattler") loudly blared: BIZARRE NEO-SWASTIKA REMINISCENT OF "THE GREAT DICTATOR" USED AS POWER SYMBOL BY O.W.S. LEADERS. The symbol?

It's a pound sign. To anyone under 50 – obviously outside the range of the Pajamas Media writers and authors – it doubles as a hash tag for Twitter, i.e. "Hey, PJ Media is a front for the Viet Cong! #stuffimadeup" Or at least that's what it is to the untrained eye.

Note also how when the "leaders" put the symbol on their sleeves (as in the first and third photos), it is rotated 45 degrees just like the Nazi swastika was. Don’t these people see an echo of the swastika in their new power symbol? Don’t they realize that the early Nazi Party was (among other things, obviously) also overtly anti-capitalist? …Don’t they know that the early Nazis tried to garner sympathy with street rallies and marches?

I…I don't even want to waste the thirty seconds it would take to mock this. It makes its own gravy, so to speak.

Then a funny thing happened. The first commenter pointed out "Hey, it's just a pound sign/hash tag." So the author had to backtrack and revise his "argument":

As a commenter notes, the symbol may have derived originally from the Twitter "hashtag," but that in no way diminishes its creepiness. It may "just" be a rotated hashtag, but that doesn’t lessen its significance as a power symbol. The swastika, after all, was "just" a Buddhist good luck marking before the Nazis adopted it and started using it to indicate something else. And how did the Nazis alter it for their purposes? They rotated the Buddhist swastika 45 degrees, to give it a new association. Just as the hashtag sleeve marking has been rotated here. In fact, pointing out that the symbol may have originally had a different association, and then was later rotated to give it a new purpose, only makes it echo the swastika even more.

So in reality, being a clueless dipshit actually makes him more correct. Lucky, that.

I rarely recommend this, especially for a cesspool of personality disorders and intellectual impairment like PJ, but you absolutely have to read the comments. It's beyond hilarious to listen to the 55-and-over crowd talk about current politics using the only language and framing they know – the propaganda of the Cold War. The protesters are all communists (some of the commenters even appear to have been explained the plot of 1984 and Animal Farm at some point). Just look at the pictures! What a bunch of comsymps.

Just for the heck of it, I tried rotating that website 45 degrees. It went from retarded to sinisterly retarded.

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64 Responses to “THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE”

  1. Arslan Says:

    Ironically I'm 28 and wouldn't have known WHY they were using a hashtag if someone hadn't pointed out the twitter connection. But at least I knew it was a hashtag.

    Here's some irony though:


  2. nonny-moose Says:

    i know, i come from Australia. but thats (#) not a pound symbol. THATS (

  3. nonny-moose Says:

    /edit: oops it looks like the G&T comment system broke my post cos of parentheses. try again:

    i know, i come from Australia. but thats (#) not a pound symbol. THATS £ a pound symbol :P (alt-156)

    but that page … all i can say is holy shit. when i was at half way through the comments i was just gobsmacked they still havent figured out just how loony they look, let alone they continue to defend the indefensible.

    as Reasonabilia said 'I’m starting to think that Zombie is a really ironic handle for you.' there is definitely the stale fust of necrophila about, isn't there? not to mention lack of brains (theyve all been eaten, y'see).

    still. that seriously is an amazing amount of crazy packed on that page. "bad optics! undercurrents of totalitarian thought!". never mind the fact totalitarianism (at least so far as i regard it) tends to require a really well organised, regimented movement (to the point of militarism) to work, rather than a bunch of ad-hoc hippies clubbing together with no real hierarchy or power structure…

    it might just be me but i reckon that is kinda something you need for a totalitarian movement to last for anything more than a flash in the pan, let alone to develop some traction and start taking control. comparing and contrasting the soviet socialist states (USSR, China, Cuba, Vietnam) and pegging OWS with them is like saying chalk is cheese. i know its been said that getting Democrats together on the same page is like herding cats; from my point of view OWS seems to have pretty much the same sort of fragmentation asides from the top level items of fairness and equalities.

    i rather think this is what happens, what it looks like when you bin civics classes and teach to test rather than actually educate kids with thinking, logic and analysis abilities. people start believing provably crackpot theories that wouldnt have passed muster otherwise. thats a dangerous place to be, and if theres anything likely to lead to another totalitarian state, THAT is it.

    on the other hand at least some people are getting some entertainment from PJMs idiocy. i think id rather the smarter public TBH.

  4. Auguste Says:

    Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, I hope, but I had always thought that the whole idea of taking the Swastika from Buddhist iconography had about 50% to do with Hitler being the evil dictator equivalent of those high schoolers who latch onto an aesthetic because they're the first ones to discover it, and 50% to do with some sort of weird connection to the whole nature of "the Aryan race" – Aryan's a Sanskrit loan word and the Aryan race seen as an Indo-European origin and blah blah Lost Ark?

  5. Warren Bonesteel Says:

    These days, logic and reason are MIA on both sides of the political debate.

  6. Pokey Says:

    You mean the octothorpe, named after one of America's greatest athletes?

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