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Philip Johnson as fascist

Ann Applebaum corrects the history of Philip Johnson, the architect who recently died. He was hailed as a brilliant architect and aesthete. It seems that most of his obituaries falied to mention that he was, effectively, a fascist. I didn’t know anyhting about this guy, just knew that I didn’t like what he built. Maybe my instinct was right.

Johnson helped organize a U.S. fascist party. He worked on behalf of the Nazi sympathizer and radio broadcaster, Father Charles E. Coughlin. He attended one of Hitler’s Nuremberg rallies in 1938, and in 1939 he followed the German army into Poland. "We saw Warsaw burn and Modlin being bombed," he wrote afterward. "It was a stirring spectacle." Read it all.

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An interview with Charlie Rose and Philip Johnson recently aired. Johnson talks about his younger days as a fascist and the shame he feels for being naive.

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