I’ve been kind of busy, and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon, so instead of doing a writeup myself, I’ll just direct you with links.
Orcinus has the details about the potential (and, in my view, likely) re-emergence of the “Patriot” militia movement:
One of the more disturbing trends we’ve been observing is the return of far-right “Patriot” rhetoric about government oppression with the election of President Obama. Fueled in no small part by mainstream right-wing talkers proclaiming we’re headed into “socialism” — not to mention a “radical communist” who must be “stopped” or else America will “cease to exist” — the overheated rhetoric has been gradually getting higher in volume, intensity, and frequency with each passing week.
The initial concern that this raises is the possibility of a new wave of citizen militias, particularly when you have mainstream pundits like Glenn Beck out there helping to promote the concept. As Glenn Greenwald observed, the “Patriots” are back with a vengeance.
At least for the time being, however, there isn’t any evidence of new militias forming, though we may see numbers growing within the coming months within existing units, particularly as Fox News and radio pundits start fueling right-wing anxieties.
However, we are starting to see a trend that’s even more disturbing: Military veterans voicing Patriot-movement beliefs, including threats of violent resistance to the Obama administration.
If anyone is foolish enough to think these guys are actually about liberty, I suggest you ask them where they have been for the past 8 years, or their views on Bush’s leadership.Â There is a disturbing proto-fascist element to the militia movement which is really worrying.
Increasing complex systems have a tendency to collapse in more catastrophic ways.Â Hence, when George Soros and Nassim Nicholas Taleb say that this economic crisis will be worse than the Great Depression, I am not surprised at their appraisal.
However, what does a Depression actually mean, in our current socio-political economic condition?Â No doubt, circumstances across those three areas of analysis do differ from the 1930s and so we have to ask ourselves, what does that mean for us?Â The only viable mass movements of the moment seem to be, at least in the American contexts, religious ones.Â In the UK, I don’t think even that is possible.Â While I think the worries about fascism, at least in parts of the Third World, are valid, platforms explicit about such a program are rejected, and not just because of the negative connotations of such labels.
And how will the internet affect such a Depression, as well?Â Will we see spontaneous protests, or even peaceful urban takedowns, orchestrated via Facebook and Twitter?Â Or will the net become a talking shop, the modern day equivalent of a soapbox, where gripes and despair about our current conditon are aired but little else is actually done?
Obviously, my thoughts turn to recent graduates and attempts to get jobs, for personal reasons.Â Will unemployment and the lack of prospects lead to, as it did in Italy in the 60s, a militant intellectual movement who felt they had more in common with the proletariat than their (usually) middle class backgrounds?Â Or could it breed a new class of cosmopolitan guerrilla entrepreneur, an anti-Davos man if you will.
I could really do with a team of sociologists and cultural theorists right now.
For some unthinkable reason, I was not invited to Technoccult’s roundtable on the future of the nation-state.Â Probably because they’ve never heard of me, Wes and Edward aside, but I won’t let that get in the way of some good snark.Â Besides, I can now claim to be a renegade renegade futurist, which justs adds to my edgy appeal.Â Or something.
Anyway, good question.Â The whole viability/decline of the state has become a very interesting question in light of the credit crunch.Â And I have more than a passing interest in social organization in the past and present, in no small way due to reading John Robb for the past three years or so.
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This Financial Times blog outlies the reasons why Gordon Brown’s British Jobs for British Workers probably qualifies as the most stupid thing one could promise, especially when there was a financial downturn on the cards.Â To whit:
In the UK, prime minister Gordon Brown is reaping the protectionist storm he sowed with his infamous protectionist and xenophobic call for â€œBritish jobs for British workersâ€.Â What was he thinking?Â Follow the logic: â€˜British jobs for British workersâ€™,’Scottish jobs for Scottish workersâ€™ (along with â€˜Itâ€™s Scotlandâ€™s oilâ€™), â€˜Welsh jobs for Welsh workersâ€™ and â€˜English jobs for English workersâ€™.Â Why not London jobs for London Workers, or London jobs for native-born London workers, or even London jobs for white Christian native-born London workers?
How divisive can you get?Â British workers are demonstrating against workers from elsewhere in the EU – Italian and Portuguese workers are currently at the centre of a rather disgusting series of altercations at UK oil refineries, gas terminals and power stations, following a dispute at Totalâ€™s oil refinery at Killinghome in Lincolnshire, where an Italian engineering company was bringing its own staff from Portugal and Italy for a egnineering construction project.
This is already being exploited by fascist organizations such as the BNP, notably through their front organization British Wildcats – if you doubt this is the case then the Ministry of Truth details the evidence.
In addition to providing propaganda to fascists, gratis no less, the other main beneficiary of protectionism will be those operating in the black market.Â John Robb outlines the details, basically stating that it just increases the range of goods such groups can provide and thus improving their economic standing.Â Or, if you like, the Law of Eristic Calculation.Â Not to mention that stoking such nationalism, at the expense of foreign countries, will only hamper efforts to cut down on such markets.
So yeah, nice going Gordo.Â I’ve always wanted to live in a third world country, complete with pointless ethnic strife, a booming illegal industry, corruption, a lowered standard of living and de facto IMF control via “economic structural adjustments”.Â No, really.
So, it looks like ABC found a way to re-do the Milgram Experiment minus the shaky ethics.Â
Has the human race evolved a compassion gland after 40 years?Â Perhaps the leaps in technology have taught humans that “just following orders” is a shitty excuse?Â Maybe, just maybe, people will reject a sadistic “authority” and think for themselves?
Of course not.Â Just like last time, about 70% of the test subjects would willingly electrocute another human because they were told to.
However, some other interesting things were learned:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The experimenters’ physical presence has a marked impact on his authority. As cited earlier, obedience dropped off sharply when orders were given by telephone. The experimenter could often induce a disobedient subject to go on by returning to the laboratory.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Conflicting authority severely paralyzes action. When two experimenters of equal status, both seated at the command desk, gave incompatible orders, no shocks were delivered past the point of their disagreement.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The rebellious action of others severely undermines authority. In one variation, three teachers (two actors and a real subject) administered a test and shocks. When the two actors disobeyed the experimenter and refused to go beyond a certain shock level, thirty-six of forty subjects joined their disobedient peers and refused as well.
“Perhaps only when rebels outnumber authority figures can disobedience readily spread.”
That last line sounds important.Â
Yo back up now and give a brother room
The fuse is lit and Im about to go boom
Mercy mercy mercy me
My life is a cage but on stage Im free
Iâ€™ve asked this question before: Suppose the natives in some Western European countries actually start to seriously resisting the organized destruction of their countries, halt mass immigration and reverse Multiculturalism. How will American authorities and media react to this?
Frankly, I wouldnâ€™t be too surprised if they turn out to be actively hostile to native Europeans. That was the case with Clinton and with Bush, who after all supported the continued Islamization of Europe through Turkish membership of the European Union. It will be even worse with Obama, an anti-white Marxist.
As we know, a â€œNaziâ€ these days is not one of the many Muslims and their Leftist cheerleaders who shout â€œDeath to Jews! in the streets of Europe; itâ€™s any white person who doesnâ€™t lie down and die on command. If we donâ€™t lie down and die, we must be Nazis. We are after all Europeans.
Gates of Vienna
Fascists in Europe have seen this more recent immigration as a threat to the cultural homogeneity and national traditions of their countries. They have often exploited increases in the numbers of Muslims to claim that they are defending Christianity against Islam. Opposition to immigration has been one of the common threads within various fascist movements, and it is arguable that it plays the same role for such movements today as anti-Semitism did for inter-war Nazism and its imitators.
The Encyclopedia of World Fascism, page 367
JERUSALEM â€” Even as Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States, anti-Israel professor Rashid Khalidi, whose ties to Obama stirred controversy during the campaign, has stated he could currently communicate with the incoming commander in chief, WND has learned.
Amid concern within the pro-Israel Jewish community, Obama repeatedly had denied he was influenced by Khalidi.
In an interview with the radical Democracy Now! news network last week, Khalidi expressed hope Obama would alter U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, talking to â€œall sidesâ€ of the Israeli-Palestinian arena. He also criticized Israel for killing civilians in the Gaza Strip the past few weeks and for leading what he termed a â€œpropaganda campaignâ€ to de-legitimize the Hamas terrorist organization.
World Net Daily
In practice, the term cosmopolitan was applied by interwar fascists chiefly to Marxists, Freemasons, and Jews. In Nazi thinking, Marxism and Freemasonry were themselves part of an international Jewish conspiracy, so that â€œcosmopolitanâ€ often meant â€œJewish.â€
The Encyclopedia of World Fascism, page 188
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While some of you may remember that I was not totally impressed with the conclusion to John Gray’s book, Black Mass, I nevertheless found it a good and enjoyable read, which tied up the links between utopianism, religion, the Enlightenment and secular extremist movements rather well. Gray’s got a lot of perspective in his worldview, which I like. He instinctively understands both the historical context of the movements and how that applies when considered in the current context of events.
Which is why I am enjoying his book review/Comment is Free article. Gray committed the hideous crime of knocking down a few New Atheist sacred cows, and so the usual suspects have come running, howling and moaning with their usual strawmen about atheist inspired terrorism, totally ignoring the context of the argument or addressing any of the issues.
I have yet to see a commenter actually address his point about repressed religion being much like repressed sexuality, or the origins of secular liberalism being tied into the history of Christianity, and Nietzsche’s critical attacks on this. I have yet to see someone either deny that belief in such secular follies as free markets, global revolution or the global spread of democracy and progress are any less ridiculous than belief in a god, or try to claim they are in some way different.
Sure, the comments page may be filled with 300+ screaming monkeys trying to make Gray look like an idiot, but if they think they succeeded in this task, they’re only fooling themselves.
Even a committed agnostic such as myself can take pleasure in such a spectacle.