ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

Malevolent Mystique

Journalist Catherine McIntyre has opined that the swastika cannot be rehabilitated, and she's right. This is because—to state the obvious—the once-life-affirming hooked cross now symbolizes a political architecture understood by most people as uniquely vile. A spray-painted swastika is a hate crime, a child with a swastika drawn on her hand is removed from her home, a flea market selling Nazi memorabilia makes headlines. Lesser despots and competing totalitarian ideologies are notorious, but the only universalized bête noire is Adolf Hitler. Post-modernism has drained virtually every other once-sacred symbol of meaning, yet the malevolent mystique of Nazi iconography endures.