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Symbols… March 10, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in The Left.
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I’ve often wondered are Pitchfork music aware their logo is almost identical to that used by the Iron Front in Weimar Germany, the anti-fascist Social Democrat led organisation?

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I’m not the only one to notice this, scroll down here in comments to find one mention of it some years back.

The original symbolism of the three elements is very slightly ambiguous, but the symbol is still used here and there in the anti-fascist context, one recent local usage was on the AFA Irish history. It would be a pity to think this has passed into history as branding with none of its original political connotations remembered or respected – at least amongst those who use variants of it in the non-political context.

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1. LetDown - March 10, 2013

I would doubt the similarity was in anything other than coincidental. Considering that they regularly review Burzum as well as other right leaning doom bands without much qualification, I would say they are far from antifa.

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WorldbyStorm - March 10, 2013

I’d tend to agree re coincidence. Burzum “right-leaning” is probably being polite.

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2. LetDown - March 10, 2013

all in the name of polite discourse :)

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WorldbyStorm - March 10, 2013

There is that… It’s a blight on an area of music that’s got some interesting stuff. One knows one’s in trouble when one is scouring the internet to ensure x y or z – who one likes – hasn’t said (or worse again done) anything out of order.

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smiffy - March 10, 2013

The eternal dilemma of the Morrissey fan.

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WorldbyStorm - March 10, 2013

Unfunny because it’s true… :(

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3. FergusD - March 12, 2013

The Iron Front – a sad story really. A mass, armed, organisation which, with the KPD, could have halted the Nazis. If it, and the KPD, had had the political direction that could have enabled it to do so (the United Front). The victory of fascism wasn’t inevitable.

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