1930s: Mussolini’s Fascist Headquarters, Rome Chris September 15, 2012 1930-1939, Politics 15 CommentsFavourited 754 times Add to favourites 15 Responses adam September 15, 2012 You’d think this would have tipped them off, wouldn’t you? Reply dgw September 15, 2012 People have shown that they are still fooled easily… Reply Naomi September 15, 2012 “Um… are we the baddies?” Reply Brian Gonigal September 15, 2012 That’s just bad on every level, politically and aesthetically. It’s not even intimidating, it’s ridiculous. It looks like something out of a totalitarian Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Reply Ric September 15, 2012 Personally I find it kinda interesting aesthetically. @adam: yeah it’s blatant, and @Brian Gonigal, yeah it’s ridiculous… but you have to take into account that you’re looking at it after 80 years in which totalitarian ideologies have been completely denounced and their aesthetic has been mocked in every possible guise – it’s no wonder that it looks like the caricature of itself now. Also, that wasn’t the regular facade of the building, which would’ve been over the top even for Mussolini, that was a temporary election billboard for the 1934 Plebiscite – the fascist’s version of the elections, where the citizen were called to vote “yes” or “no” to a single fixed list of candidates proposed by the party. The recto of the “yes” ballot was painted with the colors of the italian flag, while the “no” ballot was completely white, so it was a bit hard to vote “no” without getting noticed… Reply Alexandrakuhl September 16, 2012 very very creepy…come people, look at EVIL ! Reply Ted Thomas September 16, 2012 You will only say yes to my face! OBEY and bow to your own stupidity! Reply Gatsby September 16, 2012 I am the Great and Powerful Oz! Reply Christopher September 17, 2012 Excellent insight Ric. A lot of Americans at the time, not even including those that openly admired fascists governments in Europe, looked at early Italian and German totalitarian regimes as a good thing. They were putting people back to work and “making the trains run on time.” Here in the States we were still in the throes of the Great Depression which only WW II got us out of. The sad thing is, there will always be people who would give up a little bit of freedom to “gain” more “security.” It always a slippery slope. Reply yoda September 21, 2012 @Ric @Christopher; Thanks for the insight. (Now back to the snark; where’s Crow T. Robot when you need him?) Reply L Huston September 21, 2012 photo source, please? Reply Chris September 21, 2012 We have been unable to find a source, L. Reply Aristocrat September 22, 2012 “What if Darkseid ran Macy’s?” Reply EC September 23, 2012 Big Brother is watching you. Reply Whitingx September 24, 2012 (Worryingly) it reminds me of the face on the Drill Hall in Lincoln – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/6567419.stm Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.