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Or Kill Me / Fascist Culture
« on: December 07, 2007, 10:56:56 pm »
"When I hear "culture" I release the safety catch on my Browning!"
-Hans Johst

"With a stroke we have now obliterated 1789 from the history books"
- Joseph Goebbels, 1933

"The Philistine not only ignores all conditions of life which are not his own but also demands that the rest of mankind should fashion its mode of existence after his own"
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fascism is the word haunting the minds of everyone who hasn't bought into the “us and them” bullshit of the last 7 years.  And despite what the media would like people to think, its not just the hysterical far-left who are using it, although they do have an annoying tendency to use the word for practically everything they dislike, bearing out Orwell's prophecy in Politics and the English Language

That aside, libertarians and progressives alike have commented that there is a growing tendency within the current administration towards “Red-state fascism”, which in the words of the Mises Institute President Lew Rockwell “celebrates the shedding of blood, and exhibits a maniacal love of the state. The new ideology of the red-state bourgeoisie seems to actually believe that the US is God marching on earth.”

Naturally, the concerned scholars of the present have taken to looking to the past in order to elucidate the problem.  A proliferation of books have appeared recently, drawing the connections, sometimes crudely, between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy with present day policies of the USA.  Which, in my opinion is not only the totally wrong way of going about it, but also treating the symptoms, instead of the causes of the disease.  Because the political manifestations of Fascism are only the tip of the iceberg.  Moreover, it ignores the very real sophistication of political manipulation techniques that have come into being since the original Fascist powers were defeated.

You see, Fascism is a very in your face way of going about controlling a country.  You need bodies on the street, making trouble for the opposition, being violent.  You need the punishment for dissidents to be public and bloody, in order to scare the shit out of any possible enemies.  You need control that cannot be questioned, least of all by the representatives of a democratic process.

In short, you need a number of things that, if they happened today, would be very noticeable and would provoke a backlash.  Yes yes, I know, Blackwater are the unofficial military arm of the GOP...get back to me once they actually start beating up protesters and Democratic party members.  A private military force may be unconstitutional and certainly undemocratic, but its not the same as Blackshirts burning your house down in the middle of the night.

And that's the problem with the Fascist political analysis of America today.  Yes, there are some similarities in policy, and these things are not good at all.  In all likelihood, the trend is leading towards Fascism, its true.  But Fascism is not, historically, a gradual process.  It festers, lurks underground, then bursts onto the mainstream, violently taking control.  This is different, a variant of the Fascist virus, that is acting differently in order to prevent activation of the state's autoimmune system of defence.

The failure of all previous approaches is that they concentrate on the political aspects of top down rule, instead of the populist bottom up approach, mixed with the embedding of Fascism within the culture of the USA.  The focus is too narrow, too defined, and that's why the theory wont match up to reality.  In International Relations, we're used to dealing with multiple levels of political analysis, so perhaps it is just obvious to us, but that is what is happening here.  The USA is only developing a Fascist political system in reaction to Fascist cultural view of the world.

What is a Fascist culture?  Its an air of Philistine hatred towards what many of us consider culture, arts, philosophy mixed in with an air of anti-intellectualism.  Its a spirit of “us-and-them”, with both being ill-defined.  The Fascist culture is always under assault you see, because real culture is usually found in the avant-garde, whose Bohemianism and irreverence are everything the fascist cannot stand about modernity.  It exhibits a maniacal love for the state, because only through the state can so much blood be shed – the Eternal War giving meaning to the fascists otherwise nihilistic and pointless existence.  It hates the refined and the intellectual, because both require a lack of mental rigidity to have any use.

This culture has many roots, far too many for me to be able to figure out.  There are elements of it within conservative populism.  Of course, some of it is drawn from the Evangelical Dominionist Movement – whose hatred for everything since the writing of the Bible, especially new facts, is well documented.  Part of it arises from a shallow consumerist apathy, where the only meaning becomes sensation and the only sensation that makes one feel truly alive is the act of killing and hate.  There are countless others too.

And this of course, has its promoters.  Naturally, the NeoConservatives, with their roots in the illiberal right, advocate it entirely.  There are advantages for large companies, fanatical religious groups and demagogues of all stripes.

And best of all, there is no legislative or legal remedy to it.  You cannot ban the Zeitgeist.  Fascism becomes part of the very air you breathe, the fabric of a view of the world and everyday life.  Why bother having a messy constitutional coup when you can virtually assure fascist policies for the next 20 years, while keeping the form and ceremony of the republic?  Actually pulling off a Hitler or Mussolini could create a backlash.  To be sure, you are sometimes bound more to those stupid “laws” more than you would be if you had taken the formers route, but the upside is that dissent is minimalized and you can always have another go if you don't quite get your way.

Its the perfect way to inflict the Fascist virus on a country, by operating on the cultural level, infecting the national discourse, warping and mutating public opinion to the level where the wholesale call for the slaughter of innocents can be considered an extreme, but possible, policy.  Where torture is acceptable, along with indefinite detention by a Fuhrer pretending to be President.

That's the trick, you see. A bottom-up Fascist revolution, waged at the cultural level.  That's where it has to be fought, too, if you want any hope of reversing the trend.  The political level is just symptomatic of the condition of the country.  Conspiracies can and do sometimes overthrow the established order to institute something more terrible, but even more often, they are lifted to power on the support of the public and the conditions of the time.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 07, 2007, 08:19:07 pm »

Also, from the same link, and much more fun

I'll try and find out.

I'm still chuffed that I had more on Phil Elmore than they did.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Favorite Song Lyrics/Poetry
« on: December 07, 2007, 09:58:54 am »
Jedi Mind Tricks - Shadow Business

- When you over in American Samoa, what…what surprised you the most?
- I guess what hit me the most is the condition of the factory that the workers were in:
The factory was surrounded by a fence and barbed wire on top and on the bottom. And they have a chain-linked fence surround the whole factory and, and dormitory compound. The gate has a…has a guard shack, where the guard sit there and control the worker movement in and out of the.. of the factory
- The factory are made of ahm.. tin panels with tin roof. It’s really hot. The temperature over there is verily ninety degrees and inside the factory or the dormitory it reaches way over a hundred degrees.

It’s the contemporary form of slavery, they call it slave labour
But they don’t prosecute them cuz it’s how they make paper
When you rocking that fly shit that’s made in China
By an eight year old child tryna feed his mama
He exposed to contamination and disease
And only fifty-five percent of them will get degrees
And the women have to try to placate the boss
Because it’s sex discrimination in the labour force
The slave master only let them speak in sign language
And they’re suffering from lung disease and eye damage
fourteen hour shifts, seven days a week
two shitty meals a day, very little sleep
Human life only worth three cents an hour
All human right laws loose sense of power
What did four hundred years in the grave passes?
Only the improved cleverness of slave masters.

Is life worth living if you living in hell?
When the mind is confined to a prisoner’s cell?
And the lies they devise in the system that fail
But I expect the system to fail!
Is life worth living if you living in hell?
When the mind is confined to a prisoner’s cell?
And the lies they devise in the system that fail
But I expect the system to fail!

- Many Chinese workers are forced to sign secret agreements, known as shadow contracts, before they leave China, severely and, in some ways, illegally restricting their activities while on American soil. Workers are forbidden to participate in any religious or political activity or to ask for a salary increase or even to fall in love or get married.

It’s one point six million people locked in jail
They do new slave labour force trapped in hell
They generate over a billion dollars worth to power
And only getting paid twenty cents an hour
They make cloths for McDonald’s and for Apple Bee’s
And working fourteen hour shifts in prison factories
And while we sit around debating who the wack emcee is
They have to work when arthritic pain attack the knees
Slavery is not illegal, that’s a fucking lie!
It is illegal, unless it’s for conviction of a crime
The main objective is to get you in your fucking prime.
And keep the prison full and not give you a fucking dime
But they the real criminal keeping you confined
For a petty crime but they give you two-to-nine
And ain’t nobody there to protect ya
Except a bunch of incompetent human rights inspectors

Is life worth living if you living in hell?
When the mind is confined to a prisoner’s cell?
And the lies they devise in the system that fail
But I expect the system to fail!
Is life worth living if you living in hell?
When the mind is confined to a prisoner’s cell?
And the lies they devise in the system that fail
But I expect the system to fail!

- The sweatshop situation’s kind of cohesive and kind of take advantage on the people that are poor and at an economic disadvantage.
- This Chinese woman made T-shirts and pants at the factory until she became pregnant.
- When I told them I was pregnant, they told me to have an abortion..
- Tu Xiao Mei says she refused to have the abortion and has now been barred from entering the factory.
- To allow them to bring that on to US soil is a very deep concern. We've now documented the facts that management coerces female workers who become pregnant into having abortions.
- But human rights workers say it's common practice
- Inside that factory Chinese law applies, and Chinese law is… is supreme
- Even though it's the United States of America?
- The flag doesn't fly inside there.

Discordian Recipes / Re: you people make me sick
« on: December 06, 2007, 11:00:49 pm »
Sardines, basmati rice, beansprouts, peas, carrots and water chestnuts.


Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 06, 2007, 10:49:47 pm »

Not really news, but you can catch the British reaction to Huckabee here.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: WOMP-ertainment
« on: December 06, 2007, 09:47:27 pm »

Propaganda Depository / Persuasion stuff
« on: December 06, 2007, 11:54:55 am »
This is only kind of related to our propaganda, but here I'll be putting up some links on marketing techniques, persuasion and other similar texts.  If we were each to read one or two of the links, we could take our ideas back to the BIP, discuss, find points of commonality, refine and improve on this section.

First book:  Republican Party Playbook, by Luntz.  The NeoCons are exceptionally media savvy and it is worth learning how they market their ideas to get people to go along with their plans.

Literate Chaotic / Re: I have the greatest book EVER
« on: December 04, 2007, 05:41:24 pm »
I know it helps validate some of the key arguments in my dissertation.  And make me a complete asshole (according to everyone else) in International Relations. 

Not that this is exceptionally hard.  For example, the main allegedly predictive theory in IR is Neorealism.  Yet it failed to predict the end of the Cold War, which some would say is a pretty big failure of the theory.  Neoliberalism is another one, which has failed to explain the anti-globalization movement and the shift in South America towards left wing populism.  In short, there are all sort of wannabe scientists running around in policy circles, taking their talking points from theories which only bear somewhat of a resemblance to reality.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Crazy rulers, parts 1, 2 & 3
« on: December 03, 2007, 10:44:16 pm »
Sadly, he's not a corporal, he's a rank above Major.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: December 03, 2007, 08:48:53 pm »
I've read extracts from In The Beginning.... and intend to buy it sometime in the new year.  Looks very promising.

Also, reading Networks, Terrorism and Global Insurgency, edited by Robert J Bunker.  ECH, you should probably pick this up.  Its kind of a cross between the Global Guerrillas stuff and Robert Greene.

Discordian Recipes / Re: you people make me sick
« on: December 03, 2007, 07:59:23 pm »
Some peoples cooking can already do that.

Discordian Recipes / Re: you people make me sick
« on: December 03, 2007, 06:32:36 pm »
Red bull, microwave lasagne and a heart attack in the making.


yeah, in reality that's been much like my diet ever since I've been thrust back into semi-bachelorhood.

after all, what's the point in having mad skills if you can't ignore them in favor of getting drunk and microwaving something?

I actually haven't been drunk since Halloween.  Haven't had a single drink, in fact.

This weekend, I am going to buy a ton Innis and Gunn, I think.

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