American socialists (e.g. Edward Bellamy and Francis Bellamy teamed with the Theosophical Society and Freemasons) bear some blame for altering the notorious symbol used as overlapping S-letters for "socialism" under the National Socialist German Workers Party.
The same symbol was used by the Theosophical Society during the time when the Bellamys, Freemasons and the Theosophical Society worked together to promote socialism.
They also originated and helped to spread the stiff arm salute via the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings. The above are discoveries in the work of the noted symbologist Dr. Rex Curry.