This is really a crappy piece of journalism let alone writting on the authors part. My grandmother was a journalist and author to boot. Drawing those kind of generalized coorelations is yellow at the very least; deliberate libel and slander in all likelyhood.
Neo-Nazis are very prevelant in eastern europe, britain, and greece as well. They're here stateside too with some in Alabama/Mississippi but now mostly up in the far northwest in oregon/washington/idaho where they mixed in with the doomsday survivalists. Other forms of ideology like communism, fascism, and socialism are extremely prevelant and pervasive over in eastern europe and greece.
Keep in mind the current events of greece and other euro countries at the moment. They are going through extreme financial pressures because of their socialist politics and agendas that allowed greece to fall into dire sovereign financial straits. Everyone over there had whatever they wanted w/o regard to consequences of the present or future (kind of like or USA mortgage housing bubble - not everyone can own a home). Over there the benefits and entitlements are egregiously out of whack with relation to the reality of their taxes, revenue, spending, etc. So now with austerity cuts for the eurobailout, most of the greeks will have substantially reduced benefits, if any at all for that country to even get on track to right itself and will have to go back to work, which leaves so many of the population looking for where to lay the blame for their greed. The author did a nice job also trying to assert a connection with the GW Hobby (its not exactly cheap to play) and peoples jobs/wealth/income/education into a categorical conclusion that would garner resentment/backlash/retaliation from those outside the hobby/community. Oh well if they can afford to play WH40K then maybe they had involvement/responsibility/culpebility in the greek financial crisis. Let's lynch them all, and oh btw they are all neo-nazi racists so it's ok to hate/kill/murder them, they are not people....
Simply put just because a neo-nazi likes to watch bugs bunny or drink pepsi doesn't automatically make those products pro neo-nazi. I just love how the author tries make it soo matter of fact that if you play Black Templars, you are automatically and unequivocally a racist and neo-nazi, no questions asked. I almost guarantee that the author has not even bothered to read even just the tiniest preface of any of the wh40k books/novels or source/rulebooks/codexes.
WH40K is a science-fiction setting about humanites very survival and the trials and tribulations our species has possibly gone through and will have to endure in an extremely far-off future. It's not racist in my opinion. Haven't read any text in any book so far that describes the crusading fleets of the black templars and waging genocide on just those humans of hispanic decent or asian decent or african american decent or off muslim or jewish faith (trying to be PC hehe). Humans are sort of expected to honour and revere the Emperor who did something as trivial and meaningless as reuniting and reconnecting humanity and saving it from extinction, but thats nothing (/sarcasm). And it's not a complete xenophobic principle either because the IG have Ogryns and Ratlings (need to bring back squats - we need space dorfs). The Tau don't want to destroy humans, they think they can do better at governing is all hehe (the greater good). If someone walks up to you on the street and punches you in the face, are you expected to love the douche, hug him, thank him, and then invite him to dinner? [email protected]
no and nor should the imperium do the same in WH40K when the eldar would gladly and w/o hesitation sacrifice the entire human species to save just one eldar, or when the tyranids want to consume all the biomass that exists, or when the orks loot and pillage and raid, or when the dark eldar enslave and torture captured human survivors, or when the depravity of chaos engulfs and burns everything in their path, etc, etc. (I play SM, IG, tau, orks, nids so my POV is tilted/skewed to those hehe).
War is ultimately about the control of limited resources; whether it's lives (who provide taxes, labor, or cannon fodder R&F soldiers), water, money, materials, food, air, etc. The game mechanics and fluff and models are there to enact the battles and wars that invariably ensue over control of said resources. I don't see any text that requires you to be a racist if you choose to play the game or teaches you how to become one and that article really pisses me off.
For a bit of history, back around WWII, it was found out that Henry Ford (you know the guy who founded Ford Motor Co.) and the guy who founded IBM, were big sympathizers and supporters of Hitler. The Nazi mass production lines can be attributed to Ford and the punchcard technology, computers, and systems that were used to develop Nazi rocketry were thanks to those who started IBM. Now today we don't hold those companies responsible for something that did happen. Question now should be why is this author specifically trying to make a company like GW, and our hobby community for that matter, be specifically and solely responsible for all the bad elements and issues plaguing our global society that have existed since before most of us?
Used to get put through the ringer all the time by my lutheran aunt because I played D&D and she automatically proclaimed I was into satanic devil-worshipping and witchcraft (actually I always played clerics or paladins and went out to heal people or defeat devils/demons and other evildoer-types' nefarious plans etc but whatever). Oh and she was never wrong and to say otherwise, well you were attacking a christian and hence were attacking god himself, so again whatever hehe. For those of you who don't know TSR = WotC = Hasbro now and hasbro was tossing lawsuits left and right for the longest time when anyone even thought about thinking something bad about D&D when they acquired Wizards of the Coast. Hope GW does the same brings the legal warhammer to bear here and soon.