Date of publication: 2017-09-05 08:03
[FWIW, I don 8767 t believe any of the things on the list of 8775 Soviet memetic weapons 8776 as absolute truths, but I do believe they can be useful ideas to bear in mind. There is truth, but there are also competing agendas that obscure that truth. Your agenda may not be the one that 8767 s closest to the truth. And as for 8775 we deserve to be destroyed because we are the oppressors 8776 no, we are the oppressors, and we should stop, not least because it 8767 s hurting us as well as them.]
In this context, Jeff Goldstein has written eloquently about perhaps the most long-term dangerous of these memes the idea that rights inhere not in sovereign individuals but identity groups, and that every identity group (except the 8775 ruling class 8776 ) has the right to suppress criticism of itself through political means up to and including violence.
7) A certainty that if even half the facts assembled and promulgated by the Birchers were indeed true, then they weren 8767 t QUITE as nutty as many people thought, and the Soviets were a severe threat.
Adrian, I will be honest: your protection-from-ideology reflex may be quite a bit more highly developed than mine, which leads me to be greatly concerned as I try to sort these new bits out. The idea that American freedom and market economy may be just a new, more resilient and pernicious form of hegemony is quite new and foreign and, to be honest, I 8767 m not entirely sure it 8767 s true yet (though my suspicions are that it is). Then again, at first my family objected to my frequent use of 8775 canonical 8776 now they use it themselves. So perhaps it 8767 s just a Kids in the Hall 8775 Ascertain Guy 8776 thing.
OK, I 8767 m more or less on board for the connection between Islamism and Spanish fascism, but that was the stay-at-home runt of the litter, not exactly what the Greatest Generation bestirred itself to vanquish. Very little export orientation. Japanese so-called fascism is a bit of a stretch it had evolved very much in its own sphere, and although there were parallels (and plenty of imported ideas from Germany and Italy) I 8767 d be kind of surprised if our non-shaving friends turned out to have been studying the sayings of Admiral Tojo in great detail.
We should stop corrupting our country because our country is on 76th rank in doing can decieve to others but cannot to should stop corruption from today onwards.
(The statement that the left is essentially Communist, but that it is not Communist any more that is, that we are Communists but don 8767 t realize it what 8767 s up with that? So Noam Chomsky says, for example,
Crime is the fault of society, not the individual criminal. Poor criminals are entitled to what they take. Submitting to criminal predation is more virtuous than resisting it. The poor are victims. Criminals are victims. And only victims are virtuous. Therefore only the poor and criminals are virtuous. (Rich people can borrow some virtue by identifying with poor people and criminals.) For a virtuous person, violence and war are never justified. It is always better to be a victim than to fight, or even to defend oneself. But â€˜oppressedâ€™ people are allowed to use violence anyway they are merely reflecting the evil of their oppressors.
I 8767 m still waiting for Adrian65 to tell us which resistance group he finds appealing. Aim? Aztlan? Sons of the West? Who is the colonial power? NY? DC? The Queen of England? (If the American west is a colony, the oppressor has to be mostly outside and taking stuff out. With conquest, the 8775 oppressor 8776 is local and mostly keeps the stuff where it is.)