Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hammer and Sickle, si! Swastika, non!

I was grabbing lunch in Safeway, never something easy to do at twelve noon mid-week. (Grapes, sushi, green tea, if you must know).

I saw a guy, sort of an ironic hipster guy, wearing a red t-shirt with a giant gold Hammer and Sickle. And maybe because I am in the midst dealing with some minor credit card fraud, was hungry, and generally annoyed, this struck me as sort of glib. I mean, why is the swastika off-limits, but a man can walk abroad in the land with a giant hammer and sickle on his chest?

Why are the Soviets ironic, and the Nazis universally despised? I guess the Nazis sort of wore their evil on the outside, whereas the Soviets had cosmonauts and hosted international youth festivals, but is the line that thin?



Blogger Jay said...

This is pretty much the perfect post.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

Because it mentions grapes?

10:01 AM  

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