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Me Ne Frego ( I don't give a damn ) was the motto of the fascist militia during the 1930's. Nothing ideological here, I hasten to say: it's just for the fun of playing with graphic symbols.

Anyway, unlike the swastika and nazism, Roman fasces - the origin for the word fascist, of course - aren't considered as specfically refering to fascism in countries with a Latin culture and background and their representation isn't actually forbiden by European laws. If you can find them here and there as ornaments on the facades of buildings and monuments in Paris and other European cities, it's true though, that they haven't been used for such purpose after WWII.

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Comment by Larry on January 16, 2012 at 4:18pm

They're on the official seal of the US Senate.

Comment by david bradley on January 16, 2012 at 9:10am

the bundle of sticks,if not always the axe,was widely used in britain by many groups from religious to co-operatives.

Comment by lord_k on January 16, 2012 at 6:02am

Thirteen arrows in the Eagle's left talon on the U.S. Seal have exactly the same meaning. A bundle of arrows was used by the Spanish Falanga. Just like the Roman fasces, it is an ancient symbol adopted by many modern regimes and parties of various merits.

Comment by Pilsner Panther on January 16, 2012 at 3:30am

The fasces as used on the American dime has a specific meaning that relates to the slogan "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of Many, One). That being that the bundle of sticks, representing the united states, is stronger than any individual stick on its own. As to whether the country is slowly but surely declining into actual fascism, well... some of the more extreme Republican presidential candidates make me wonder about that.

Comment by lord_k on January 16, 2012 at 12:35am

And... by the way:

Comment by lord_k on January 16, 2012 at 12:32am

In the States, you can find fasces on a dime coin.

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