Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Banana. Der Banana? Banana!

You know how people in wacky corners of the blogsphere have been talking about there being fascists, actual fascists, behind the veil of the "democratic" autonomy movement in eastern Bolivia. But that is all just crazy talk from some paranoid lefty stoners. Well you decide if it is best to put on or take off your tin-foil hat for this one, because Down South just posted a video of some autonomy supporters recently marching down the streets of Santa Cruz with peculiar arm bands and open palm hands stretched out as if they are trying to hail something. I don't get it. Am I suppose to laugh, cry, or what? Seriously, go check out the video.

If you pay attention to the beginning of the parade column you'll see they have blue banner flags which identify them as the Bolivian Socialist Falange (FSB), recently sprung anew in Santa Cruz. If you don't know who the falange are, type Francisco Franco or Spanish Civil War into Google.

3 comments:

Bina said...

Actually, "banana" is "die Banane" in German. Yes, bananas are feminine in my mother tongue; don't ask me why. They couldn't possibly get more phallic.

And yeah, all nouns are capitalized as well as genderized. German is very proper that way, even if the gender assignments are wacky and have to be memorized because there is absolutely zero logic to them.

(Don't even get me started on the irony of how all fascism, as a common denominator, is anti-socialist by nature, yet still loves to use the S-word in the names of its various parties and other bastard offspring. I'm still scratching my head over that one. Best explanation I can come up with is that they're trying to siphon the working class away from its friends and co-opt it for its enemies. Ergo, they raise the (false) Red flag.)

El Duderino said...

I was worried the joke in the title was too obscure. There is a scene in Chaplan's Great Dictator when his Hitler character gets in an argument in fake German and they just send up screaming "banana!" at each other. And yes, the FSB is just as wacky, but unfortunately they back their craziness with violence.

Bina said...

Just like the UJC. But I guess some people don't get that subtle, obscure symbolism (sarcasm drip drip drip)...