Man, I had a big post about this. Then [poof], it was gone.
Anyway, the europeans, as far as I know, don't have a constitutional protection for their freedom of speech. Their governments can already outlaw
whatever symbols they want.
There is some sense in this, since the nazis tried to overthrow the state and take over europe. There is no real reason to allow that political party
On the fasces, a few things. Mussolini's Fascist Party was not a Nazi party, and the fasces is not a Nazi Symbol. Mussolini choose the word fasces
apparently because there is an italian word that sounds like 'worker' or 'peasant' or somesuch that sounds very much like the word fasces.
When the Founders of the US looked for an ancient model of their new government, they didn't look to athenian democracy so much as the Roman
Republic. Thus Washington became the american Cinncinatus, and the fasces became a symbol of the american state.
The bundle of rods represent the components of the state, unified. The axe represents the power of the state over peoples lives. Apparently at one
point the axe was eliminated, thus meaning that the citizens couldn't be arbitrarily punished. Supposedly and actual fasces could be used to beat
with the rods and kill with the axe to. Fasces are carried by Lictors. In one famous story, a group of invaders approached rome, or at least a
legionary army. THe lictors assembled a line, carrying their fasces, and the invaders would not cross, because they knew what crossing the line would
Anyway, there are
many uses of the fasces in american architecture and symbology and coinage.
this is an etruscan fasces, so the symbol is older than rome itself. The Estruscans were conglomerated into a confederacy of independant city states.
Perhaps thats where the symbology originates.
This is a reproduction fasces,
Some would say the bundle of arrows in the eagle claw is a fasces. THe eagle is certainly a roman symbol too.
Here is a lictor carrying the symbol of state and a senator. No accident that the US has a Senate.
The badge of the LAPD has an abstract fasces inspired border
Here is a page on fasces in flags around the world
Additionally, you'll find the symbol all over france and switzerland, even tho they aren't fascists. Its a symbol, an ancient one, and over all a
good one. Similarly, the swatstika is an ancient symbol. Some of the first carvings made by man are birds, with swatstikas adorning the wings. Its
very old, and can be used by anyone for their own purposes.
Here is a pin of the american fascist movement
The symbol can be used anyway by anyone.