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Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: “If I Had a Hammer . . . ”


COMMENT: The Euro­zone cri­sis and the advance of fas­cism in its afflict­ed nations has afford­ed us some telling imagery. Mus­soli­ni took the name for his “Cor­po­rate State” from the fascis–a bun­dle of rods bound togeth­er with an axe head joined to it.

In the wake of the for­ma­tion of the pro­vi­sion­al gov­ern­ment [1] in Greece, we looked [2] at the inclu­sion of doc­tri­naire fas­cists in that gov­ern­ment.

Of par­tic­u­lar inter­est here is Makis “The Ham­mer” Voridis, the new Greek min­is­ter of Infra­struc­ture and trans­porta­tion.

Seen at left as a law stu­dent in the 1970’s, Voridis earned his nick­name by car­ry­ing a home­made weapon with which to attack fel­low stu­dents with whose pol­i­tics he dis­agreed.

In the inci­sive Mark Ames post [3], the weapon is var­i­ous­ly described as a “ham­mer” and an “axe,” and may be viewed in mag­ni­fi­ca­tion in the cen­ter pan­el.

The sim­i­lar­i­ty between the axe head of the fas­cis and Voridis’ cho­sen instru­ment of destruc­tion is eerie.