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To: ccrayne@xxxxxxxxxxx, freeciv-data@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [freeciv-data] Re: [Freeciv-Dev] Re: Why fascism is bad but not communism (was Re: New Nazi cityset attached...)
From: Reinier Post <rp@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2000 16:17:43 +0200
Reply-to: freeciv-data@xxxxxxxxxxx

On Fri, Aug 04, 2000 at 09:30:05PM -0700, ccrayne@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> As a real life example, my wife and I visited the USSR some years ago. To
> pass the time on the long flight, she brought along a book titled, "The
> Key to Rebecca", which happens to have a swastika on the cover.

This is a perfect summary of the problem.  In Europe, a book that
'happens to have a swastika on the cover' is *inconceivable*.  If you
read such a book in public, you are either a neo-nazi or a book-crazed
idiot with a WW II obsession.

> Although the US prides itself on the right of free speech, we currently
> have a parallel situation in South Carolina, where, until only a few weeks
> ago, the Confederate Battle Flag flew over the State Capitol. As a result
> of massive protests by those who equate that flag with the support of
> slavery, the flag has now been moved to a separate, nearby, monument. It
> remains to be seen if this token concession will still the flames of
> discontent.

Interesting!  So having a Confederate nation in Freeciv would actually
raise an protest from some Americans.  I didn't know that.

> So, to those who seriously propose to add a swastika to Freeciv, don't be
> mislead by the relatively civil responses which you may receive on this
> list. People will hate you, and will curse your name. 

I don't think it's that bad.  The usual cliche this falls under is
'another stupid ignorant American'.  Americans did a lot to liberate us
from the Nazis and help us recover, so feelings will be mixed, at worst.

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