Date of publication: 2017-09-01 17:38
By presenting defeated Nazism as a part of a still dangerous global Fascist movement,
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claimed to be 8775 antifa 8776 and distancing themselves from everything that
vaguely resembled Fascist, including patriotism, wisdom, common sense, generosity,
courage, self-sacrifice, duty and telling right from wrong basically every
concept of human quality. Err, even the term 8775 human quality 8776 sounds somewhat Fascist and therefore eeeevil. We completely forgot to keep the topic of what kind of people we are a natural part of the political discourse
…the new American approach to social control is so much more sophisticated and pervasive that it really deserves a new name. It isn’t just propaganda any more, it’s prop-agenda. It’s not so much the control of what we think, but the control of what we think about. When our governments want to sell us a course of action, they do it by making sure it’s the only thing on the agenda, the only thing everyone’s talking about. And they pre-load the ensuing discussion with highly selected images, devious and prejudicial language, dubious linkages, weak or false intelligence and selected leaks. (What else can the spat between the BBC and Alastair Campbell be but a prime example of this?)
The false dilemma fallacy limits responses to those which serve the ends of its user (“Yes or no?”), implicitly denying the middle ground (“Maybe…”) or any qualified response (“Yes, but…”). In a discussion on illegal immigration from Mexico to the ., for example, there is a vast middle ground of discussion between the extremes of building a very high fence on the one hand, and allowing uncontrolled immigration with its associated high social costs on the other. To suggest that a discussion on immigration is simply a choice between the two extremes is a false dilemma.
I remain more optimistic than this. I think there is still an excellent chance that the West can recover from suicidalism without going through a fevered fascist episode and waging a genocidal war. But to do so, we have to do more than recognize Stalinâ€™s memes we have to reject them. We have to eject postmodern leftism from our universities, transnational progressivism from our politics, and volk-Marxism from our media.
As long as cultural criticism is driven by such confusion and hatred, as long as it assumes the rank corruption of existing Western society without reference to history, context or outside pressures, a significant portion of the best-educated people in our society will have their world-view framed by what is essentially socio-political pseudoscience.
The Soviets had an entire 8775 active measures 8776 department devoted to churning out anti-American dezinformatsiya. A classic example is the rumor that AIDS was the result of research aimed at building a 8766 race bomb 8767 that would selectively kill black people.
Why seizing the oil fields result in starvation? They had food before they knew that they had oil. If they 8767 ve forgotten how to live without oil revenue, they could ask Texans.
Religions are good at filling that kind of nothing. Accordingly, if transnational progressivism actually succeeds in smothering liberal individualism, its reward will be to be put to the sword by some flavor of jihadi. Whether the eventual winners are Muslims or Mormons, the future is not going to look like the fuzzy multicultural ecotopia of modern left fantasy. The death of that dream is being written in European banlieus by angry Muslim youths under the light of burning cars.
You never explained your plans for the US â€œtaking the oil it needsâ€, btw. Was Wildmonkâ€™s observation that the fact that America hadnâ€™t done so was evidence for its good intentions the point you meant to make? I had the impression that you were suggesting something a little more assertive at some point in the future, in response to my idea that using nukes out there could backfire on you somewhat.
Hint weâ€™re on the web. Just as no one knows if youâ€™re a dog, your localisms donâ€™t apply. In the web context, â€œItâ€™s a jokeâ€ is almost always â€œwaa, please let me offâ€ whinging.
In its converse, the division fallacy , I know the characteristics of an individual or part, and (wrongly) attribute those characteristics to the whole. However, the parts are not necessarily representative of the whole. Broad stereotyping of a group may result from the division fallacy. Suppose I have become acquainted with a man from Taiwan who is an extremely talented electrical engineer. I mistakenly conclude that all Taiwanese, as a group, are amazing electrical engineers.