The Alt Right Mar 22, 2019 11:49:06 GMT
Post by maolsheachlann on Mar 22, 2019 11:49:06 GMT
I must say (despite my resolution to drop this thread) that I think that's a rather poor article. A handful of quotations from observers is used to build a case that the Nazis used "weaponized insincerity".
What always strikes me with regard to both the Nazis and the Bolsheviks is how open they were about their intentions and their contempt for democracy or procedure. This is why I think fears of "sleep-walking" into fascism or totalitarianism are silly. In fact, political correctness reminds me of both Nazis and Bolshevism, and other totalitarian doctrines, in that it has a "Year Zero" attitude just like them. Claims which were once considered bizarre, such as that a woman can be anatomically male, are treated as sacrosanct, while things that were once considered trivial, such as ethnic jokes, become taboo. When you have a situation where comments or images or jokes that were perfectly acceptable ten years ago become unthinkable, you are dealing with a revolutionary and subversive doctrine such as Nazism or Bolshevism. Humour, tolerance and common sense are always the enemy of all totalitarians.
There is also the element of arbitrariness-- just as anyone could fall victim to a show-trial in Stalinist Russia, anyone could tweet or say something ill-advised which will destroy their career or lives today. There is no internal logic-- feminists who were once impeccably right-on become enemies of the people when they won't accept transexualism.
Here is an example of a lack of common sense in the above article: "Both race itself and whiteness by extension are biological fictions made real only by society’s embrace of both concepts; the pseudoscience concocted to justify such definitions changes with political necessity. The shooter’s definition of who counts as white would not have applied 100 years ago, but white supremacy is a nostalgic ideology, one that looks at the past not for wisdom or knowledge, but for fairy tales of pristine white societies that never existed." Can anyone believe such nonsense? "Pristine white societies that never existed" overlooks that, yes, most Western societies were overwhelmingly white until recently-- not that I care about that, but for what it's worth. Similarly, the idea that whiteness is a biological fiction is just ludicrous-- the sort of thing someone can only say when they feel safe contradiction is taboo. Again, I don't care about race myself, but this is just patent nonsense. And in fact everybody (especially leftists) uses the term "white" all the time, in a perfectly comprehensible way which leaves nobody baffled. Just as the smallest child can look at anyone and know, in the vast majority of cases, whether they are male or female straight away.