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Fans in Italy? Banned in Germany?!

Since adding the ClusterMaps counter a few days ago, I was first surprised to find that my site is getting more interest from Italy than from the United Kingdom, but then I noticed that the more populous nation of Germany is missing entirely! Austria too …

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I probably get more interest from Italy because I mention Italy and Germany in this recent article on A Progressive Platform.

Clearly, Germany has the Wisdom to protect it’s people from web sites containing political, historical, economic, and philosophical analysis containing the words: fascism, Nazi, Hitler, etc.

(update 9/27/2013) As the counters show, Germans are now able to find and visit this site, and have been visiting in greater numbers than Italians, which is exactly what I said we should expect – assuming no censorship. Therefore, after the German government’s censors had time to evaluate it, they decided it was not trying to promote Nazism, and thus Germans are now permitted to find/visit it. Don’t assume that access to this site was actually blocked. Given that blocking access to sites would be easier for us to catch, it is more likely that it was just automatically moved down in the search engines based on keywords I had recently introduced to the site about three weeks before I added the counter.

Are you surprised? Consider that Germany bans the symbols and literature of any group it deems to be unconstitutional.

But that’s not fascism—because they don’t call it that.

Edit: This cluster map was for the previous version of this site, which was hosted on blogger.

Jim
 

  • Anonymous says:

    That's Bullshit – i'm reading this article in the center of Hamburg right now.

  • Jim says:

    As the counters show, Germans are now able to find and visit this site, and have been visiting in greater numbers than Italians, which is exactly what I said we should expect – assuming no censorship. Therefore, after the German government's censors had time to evaluate it, they decided it was not trying to promote Nazism, and thus you are now permitted to find/visit it.

    Don't assume that access to this site was actually blocked given that blocking access to sites would be easier for us to catch. It is more likely that it was just automatically moved down in the search engines based on keywords I had recently introduced to the site about three weeks before I added the counter. In fact, I not only added certain words, but I referred to the Nazi Party platform too in that article.

    Do you really think that your government wouldn't do that? Isn't the Nazi Party outlawed in Germany?

  • ÖDV Exodus says:

    Of course Germany is heavily censored. Btw, I hope you don’t mind, but I translated some of your articles to German. So any German speaking reader without knowledge of the English language can read them. Here is the last one:
    http://blog.oedv-exodus.org/2018/04/17/je-freier-die-maerkte-desto-freier-die-herrscher/

    • Jim says:

      I don’t mind, but I thought over 90% of Germans were competent in English.

      • ÖDV Exodus says:

        If you are referring to the ability to order at an Canadian McDonald’s, then you are probably right, but when it comes to comprehending complex political thought material, I’m afraid that figure drops significantly.

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