February 28, 2007
American socialists and their influence on Nazism (the National Socialist German Workers' Party)
New discoveries show that socialists in the USA originated the Nazi salute, robotic group-chanting to flags, Nazism, flag fetishism, and the modern swastika as "S" symbolism for "Socialism." Recent historical research shows that the term "ancient Roman salute" is often erroneously used in reference to the stiff-armed salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSGWP). A recent article at opinioneditorials.com garnered a lot of attention on the topic. Here is a photograph of the so-called Roman salute. http://rexcurry.net/roman_salute_roman_salute_roman_salute.jpg
Wikipedia and Paul Barlow are also announcing the findings. Barlow has extensively edited and corrected material on Wikipedia about the Roman salute so that it adopts and reflects the new discoveries by the noted symbologist Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge Of Allegiance Secrets"). Barlow has fought against many people who have attempted to edit Wikipedia to cover-up the findings. Barlow's work has been repeatedly deleted or altered on Wikipedia by apparent neo-Nazis, socialists and others who want to maintain old propaganda on the web site.
The stiff-arm salute came from the "Bellamy salute," the hand gesture described by Francis Bellamy in 1892 to accompany his Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States. The early Pledge began with a military salute that was then extended out toward the flag. Francis Bellamy was a socialist in the USA and he promoted military socialism and the Nationalism movement.
In a Wikipedia article, Barlow answered the following question posed by a Wiki reader: "The description of the salute states that the hand is extended 'palm upward' toward the flag, so why does the picture clearly depict students performing the salute with their palms facing down? Barlow gave the answer that he had learned from Dr. Curry's work: "Because they are not doing it right. It's easier just to extend the arm from the heart gesture." Dr. Curry's discovery (referenced by Barlow) was that the original salute was performed with the palm down by children perfunctorily extending the initial military salute. http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-pledge.html
Bellamy's socialist rituals in the USA were the origin of the salutes of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Peoples' Republic of China, and the National Socialist German Workers' Party, and it inspired their robotic chanting and worship of government and flags and symbols in their government schools (socialist schools). http://rexcurry.net/ussr-socialist-swastika-cccp-sssr.html
On November 17, 2006, Barlow referenced evidence supporting Dr. Curry's discovery that the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics followed the lead of the USA in the modern use of the swastika as overlapping "S" letters for "Socialism," adopted later by the National Socialist German Workers' Party. Shortly thereafter Barlow's work was deleted. Barlow wrote that he intends to keep working on the topic in order to restore the work to Wikipedia's article on that topic.
Another modern influence for the Roman salute myth is "The Oath of the Horatii" a famous painting by Jacques-Louis David in 1784. It is a very modern myth, circa 2006. The first time that Jacques-Louis David's painting was concocted as an excuse for the Roman salute myth was about a year ago on Wikipedia. It was done by a wikiling writer who was trying to cover-up Dr. Curry's work showing that the gesture originated in the USA's early Pledge Of Allegiance. It is more revisionist history air brushed on wakipedia.
David's painting inaccurately depicts an event, and it is an event that might not have even happened. There is no evidence that any David painting, nor any painting at all, inspired the original straight-armed salute in the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag. Jacques-Louis David never used the term "Roman salute" to describe his painting nor to describe anything. There is no evidence that David even possessed such a concept as "Roman salute," or that the concept even existed at that time. Here are other points about the artist David: The artist did not actually see the event that inspired him; The artist was not even attempting to discover the actual scene nor to paint it as a factual record; The artist has never referred to the scene he fabricated as showing an "ancient Roman salute"; The artist has never referred to the scene he fabricated as showing "salutes" at all; David's painting "The Tennis Court Oath" does not show other people taking an oath; The artist never represented the painting as showing other people joining in an oath; The word oath is singular in the paintingâ€™s title, not plural; The painting shows a single person in the center taking an oath; Again, the actual event that inspired the artist (The Tennis Court Oath) did not occur as David painted it; The actual oath occurred by signing a documentary oath. The artist was not present for the event; The artist never claimed that the event that inspired him occurred as he painted it. http://www.rexcurry.net/pledgehoratii.html
No one else described Jacques-Louis David's work as a Roman salute. That is because the term "Roman salute" developed in the late 1930's. The Oxford English Dictionary supports Dr. Rex Curry in this regard. http://rexcurry.net/roman-salute-oxford-english-dictionary.html
The term "Roman salute" developed decades after Jacques-Louis David's life. When the term "Roman salute" developed, the straight-arm salute was a decades-old ritual in government schools in the USA where the gesture was compelled with robotic chanting of the Pledge Of Allegiance.
Even so, none of those sources of the modern term "Roman salute" said a thing about artwork by Jacques-Louis David as a source, mistaken or otherwise.
Wikipedia often functions as an anonymous bulletin board where people make stuff up as they go along. They begin by repeating a mythical phrase (the Roman salute) which they eventually abandon as an error (after being disabused by Dr. Curry's work) and then they sieze upon a neo-classical painting to continue in their efforts to cover-up the discoveries about the Pledge's poisonous legacy. The arguments that such people make make have not been repeated in history.
They know (but they will not allow it to be stated on wikipedia) that Bellamy explained how the salute was created and that it had nothing to do with anything suggested about any neo-classical painting nor the Roman myth. They know that Francis Bellamy said that the Pledge's salute started simply as a military salute that was then extended out toward the flag. They know that Bellamy never said the phrase "Roman salute," and there is no evidence that such a concept ever existed in his head, nor in anyone's head at that time.
They cannot tie any neo-classical painting myth to the origin of the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSGWP). They cannot show that the NSGWP's leader based his salute on any painting nor on the Roman myth. The NSGWP's leader referred to his salute as "the German salute" and he said he first saw it in a German Beer Hall. http://rexcurry.net/swastika-hanfstaengl.html
It all occurred after decades of travel (from 1892) by Germans, other Europeans, and Americans, visiting and immigrating to and from the USA where the gesture had been mandated in ritual chanting in government schools (socialist schools) for decades. When German National Socialists adopted it, the American salute had even appeared in films, photos and other media.
All credible modern writers now concede the discoveries by Dr. Curry, establishing that the gesture was not an ancient Roman salute. http://rexcurry.net/roman_salute_roman_salute_roman_salute.jpg Roman Salutes from ancient Rome are a myth.
Opinion Editorials reported on the many references to Dr. Curry's research and discoveries on Wikipedia. It might be the most referenced historical research on Wikipedia. Even Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, Wikipedia founder, has publicly noted the historian's influence on Wikipedia. Wikipedia writers have reviewed and verified the research. Some Wikipedia writers use it without attribution in apparent attempts to bolster their own credibility.
In the past, Wikipedia's Roman salute article was even worse, and claimed that the salute was a Roman salute (until Dr. Curry's work was disproved that claim). After that, Wikpedia's Roman salute article was improved. The article went downhill fast as wikilings deleted facts and concocted a new myth. Wikipedia has experienced many short bursts of accuracy (such as when new discoveries by Dr. Curry are publicized) but accurate periods are often short at Wikipedia.
Here is another example. A recent web search for "British Union of Fascists and National Socialists" (BUFNS) showed Dr. Curry's work on top, and showed no article at all on Wikipedia. Wikipedia leaves the public with the misimpression that the BUFNS never existed, or that its name-change never occurred. That glaring omission at Wikipedia has gained a lot of media attention for a long time, and yet the omission was still there in a recent web search. It is turning wakipedia into a laughingstock. http://rexcurry.net/british-union-of-fascists-sir-oswald-mosley.html
### Rex Curry is published worldwide as a libertarian and a lawyer with a degree in journalism. http://RexCurry.net is the only site on the internet that collects and displays historic photographs of the original Pledge of Allegiance. Rex collects historic photos that show how socialism has harmed the U.S., and his hobby is also photography and graphic art, displayed on the website. His predecessors helped settle Key West back when Florida's government was virtually non-existent. The Curry Mansion (historic home of Florida's first capitalist millionaire) is still on the local tour.