Swastikas and Free Speech

April 29, 2015

By Richard Vedder at Forbes Magazine

Roughly 25 years ago, the chair of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), Frederic Andre, gave me a short tour of his building right off the Mall in Washington, D.C. I was startled to see that the main wall design in the main lobby consisted of thousands of swastikas. I believe the building predated the Nazi era, and the swastika had not taken on the sinister meaning it later assumed. The ICC was even more antiquated than the building, and within a few years it was abolished, a move Mr. Andre wholeheartedly supported. While the ICC got into lots of controversies, to my knowledge no one ever attacked the agency because of swastikas on its walls, because they clearly were not inspired by or supportive of the Nazi regime in Germany...

Schools: George Washington University