After getting rudely woken up at 0500 this morning by the home protection device known as a dog I figured what the heck might as well stay up and enjoy the fact that I have a few waking moments not devoted to work. While going through my news feed I found this very interesting article, but seeing the irony of the piece I decided to play a little Paul Harvey “The rest of the story” with it. See if you can identify the political party.
The group was formed in 2003 when activists occupied a vacant government building not far from…train station, seizing the property as a squat for homeless…and setting up their headquarters inside. Pound’s name was chosen not only because he sympathized with…wartime government, but also for his criticism of global capitalism, which the occupiers found useful to buttress their arguments for seizing the unused offices.
Their platform sounds all too familiar too.
While many of those who associate with the group may have racist leanings or dabble in Holocaust revisionism, the organization’s official position is one of tolerance. In addition to renouncing violence for anything other than the defense of its right to protest, the group has endorsed civil unions for homosexuals and decried anti-Semitism. Though its platform supports tight immigration control, it also calls for the regularization of those already in…and citizenship for those who grew up there.
Now for the rest of the story.
The American poet Ezra Pound might seem a strange sort of inspiration for a group of Italian neo-fascists. That is, until one remembers that Pound was an admirer of Benito Mussolini, a defender of Adolf Hitler and, that while living in Italy during World War II, he broadcast a series of anti-Semitic radio addresses calling for American neutrality. Indeed, so stirring has the poet’s memory proved in right-wing circles that Italy’s most prominent neo-fascist organization has named itself in his memory: CasaPound, or Pound’s House.
Now I dare you to read the original story and at least on a subliminal level not replace the words fascist with Democrat or occupy.