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Reclaiming Your Inner Fascist

CJ Hopkins

OK, we need to talk about fascism. Not just any kind of fascism. A particularly insidious kind of fascism. No, not the fascism of the early 20th Century. Not Mussolini’s National Fascist Party. Not Hitler’s NSDAP. Not Francoist fascism or any other kind of organized fascist movement or party. Not even the dreaded Tiki-torch Nazis.

It’s the other kind of fascism we need to talk about. The kind that doesn’t come goose-stepping up the street waving big neo-Nazi flags. The kind we don’t recognize when we’re looking right at it.

It’s like that joke about the fish and the water … we don’t recognize it because we’re swimming in it. We’re surrounded by it. We are inseparable from it. From the moment we are born, we breathe it in.

We are taught it by our parents, who were taught it by their parents. We are taught it again by our teachers in school. It is reinforced on a daily basis at work, in conversations with friends, in our families and our romantic relationships.

We imbibe it in books, movies, TV shows, advertisements, pop songs, the nightly news, in our cars, at the mall, the stadium, the opera … everywhere, because it is literally everywhere.

It doesn’t look like fascism to us. Fascism only looks like fascism when you’re standing outside of it, or looking back at it. When you are in it, fascism just looks like “normality,” like “reality,” like “just the way it is.”

We (i.e., Americans, Brits, Europeans, and other citizens of the global capitalist empire) get up in the morning, go to work, shop, pay the interest on our debts, and otherwise obey the laws and conform to the mores of a system of power that has murdered countless millions of people in pursuit of global-hegemonic dominance.

It has perpetrated numerous wars of aggression. Its military occupies most of the planet. Its Intelligence agencies (i.e., secret police) operate a worldwide surveillance apparatus that can identify, target, and eliminate anyone, anywhere, often by remote control.

Its propaganda network never sleeps, nor is there any real way to escape its constant emotional and ideological conditioning.

The fact that the global capitalist empire does not call itself an empire, and instead calls itself “democracy,” doesn’t make it any less of an empire. The fact that it uses terms like “regime change” instead of “invasion” or “annexation” makes very little difference to its victims.

Terms like “security,” “stability,” “intervention,” “regime change,” and so on are not meant for its victims. They are meant for us … to anesthetize us.

The empire is “regime-changing” Bolivia currently. It has “regime-changed” most of Latin America at one time or another since the Second World War. It “regime-changed” Iraq, Libya, Yugoslavia, Indonesia … the list goes on.

It very much wants to “regime-change” Iran, which it “regime-changed” back in the 1950s, before the Iranians “regime-changed” it back. It would love to “regime-change” Russia and China, but their ICBMs make that somewhat impractical.

Basically, the empire has been “regime-changing” everyone it can since the end of the Cold War. It has run into a little bump in Syria, and in Venezuela, but not to worry, it will get back there and finish up eventually.

Now, let’s be clear about this “regime-change” business. We’re talking about invading other people’s countries, and orchestrating and sponsoring coups, or otherwise overthrowing their governments, and murdering, torturing, and oppressing people. Sending in terrorists, death squads, and such.

We have organizations that train guys to do that, i.e., to round people up, take them out to the jungle, or the woods, or wherever, rape the women, and then summarily shoot everyone in the head. We pay for this kind of thing with our taxes, and our investments in the global corporations that our militaries and intelligence agencies serve.

We know this is happening. We can google this stuff. We know “where the trains are going,” as it were.

And yet, we do not see ourselves as monsters.

The Nazis didn’t see themselves as monsters. They saw themselves as heroes, as saviors, or just as regular Germans leading regular lives. When they looked at the propaganda posters which surrounded them (as the Internet surrounds us today), they didn’t see sadistic mass-murderers and totalitarian psychopathic freaks. They saw normal people, admirable people, who were making the world a better place.

They saw themselves. They saw “the good guys.”

This is primarily how propaganda works. It isn’t meant to fool anybody. It is there to represent “normality” (whatever “normality” happens to be in whatever empire one happens to inhabit). It is Power’s way of letting us know what it wants us to believe, how it wants us to behave, who our official enemies are. Its purpose isn’t to mislead or deceive us.

It is an edict, a command, an ideological model … to which we are all expected to conform. Conform to this ideological model, and one is rewarded, or at least not punished. Deviate from it, and suffer the consequences.

It is a question of obedience, not one of truth.

This is why it doesn’t matter that there is no actual “Attack on America,” and that the Russians didn’t “hack,” “subvert,” “meddle in,” or otherwise significantly “influence” the 2016 presidential election or otherwise put Donald Trump in office. John Brennan and the CIA say they did, and the corporate media say they did, so all Good Americans have to pretend to believe it.

Likewise, it also doesn’t matter if an organization like the OPCW collaborated with the empire’s regime-change specialists who staged a “chemical weapons attack” on helpless women and children in Douma (because, no matter what the empire did or didn’t do, Assad is a Russian-backed, baby-gassing devil!), or if The Guardian just makes up stuff about Julian Assange out of whole cloth and prints it as news.

This is also why, when The Guardian runs an enormous color propaganda photo of a beneficent-looking Hillary Clinton and her soon-to-be-Democratic senator daughter posing as our last line of defense against the Invasion of the Putin-Nazis, and as the future of Western democracy, and whatever, on the cover of its cultural Review, this isn’t perceived as propaganda.

Never mind that this woman (i.e., Hillary) is directly responsible for the deaths and misery of God knows how many innocent people in the course of her lucrative service to the empire.

Never mind that this is the same exact person that sadistically cackled on national television when the empire’s associates anally knife-raped and murdered Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, and then transformed a developed African country into a hellish human-slavery market.

For fascists (and authoritarian personalities generally), facts are completely beside the point. The point is to robotically conform to the ideology (or hysterical ravings) of whatever leader or system of power happens to be in charge of things.

Authoritarian personality types are skilled at determining exactly who that is (i.e, who is really in charge of things) and obsequiously currying favor with them. For some, this is an innate talent; others have this talent conditioned into them (or beaten into them) over the course of years. Either way, the result is the same.

Put a bunch of random people together in a group and give them a problem to solve, or a complex project or objective to accomplish. Don’t give them any organizational guidance, just put them in a room and watch what happens.

The first thing that happens is … a “leader” emerges. Someone (or a few people) decides that someone needs to be in charge of this project, and they feel pretty strongly that it should be them. If more than one such “leader” emerges, or if the need for a leader itself is challenged, a struggle for power will immediately ensue.

The aspiring “leaders” will compete for the support of the “followers” in the group. Sides will be taken. Eventually, a “leader” will be chosen. Occasionally, this will happen openly, but, more often than not, it will happen unconsciously.

Someone in the group will want to dominate … and the rest of the group will want them to dominate. They will experience discomfort until a “leader” is established, and they will feel an enormous sense of relief once one is, and they can surrender their autonomy.

I assume you’re familiar with the Milgram experiment, but, if not, you should probably read up on that, and maybe read Adorno’s The Authoritarian Personality.

It’s a bit outdated, and over-focused on the Nazis (it was originally published in 1950), but I think you’ll get the general idea. Once you’ve done that, turn on your television, or your radio, or scan the news on the Internet, or walk down any big city street and compare the content on the digital billboards, movie posters, and advertisements to historical fascist propaganda … that is, if your boss will let you leave the workplace long enough to do that, which he probably will if you ask him in that special way you have learned over time that he likes and generally tends to respond to.

Sorry, I didn’t mean to get inside your mind. That’s kind of a fascistic thing to do.

Look, the point is, we all have an “Inner Fascist,” with whom we are either acquainted or not. I’m a playwright and a novelist, which means I’ve got a big, fat, Sieg-heiling Inner Fascist goose-stepping around inside my head.

I invent whole worlds, which I dictatorially control. I put people in them and make them say things. It doesn’t get much more fascistic than that.

The way I see it, my art is how I sublimate my Inner Fascist, so that he doesn’t run around invading Poland, exterminating the Jews, or “regime-changing” Bolivia.

I’m not a psychiatrist, or a fascism expert, but I figure this is probably the most we can do … recognize, acknowledge, and find some way to sublimate our Inner Fascists, because, I guarantee you, they’re not going away. (If you don’t believe me, go watch that Planet Earth episode featuring the fascist chimpanzees.)

Seriously, I recommend you do this. Get acquainted with your Inner Fascist, in an appropriate set and setting, of course. Give him something safe to dominate and then let him go totally totalitarian. You’ll be doing yourself and the rest of us a favor.

Ironically, it is those who are not acquainted with their Inner Fascists (or who deny they have one) who are usually the first to make a big public show of loudly denouncing “fascism,” brandishing their “anti-fascist” bona fides, accusing other people of being “fascists,” and otherwise desperately projecting their Inner Fascists onto those they hate, and want to silence, if not exterminate.

This is one of the hallmarks of repressed Inner Fascism … this compulsion to control what other people think, this desire for complete ideological conformity, this tendency, not to argue with, but rather, to attempt to destroy anyone who disagrees with or questions one’s beliefs.

We all know people who behave this way. If you don’t, odds are, one of them is you.

So, please, if you haven’t done so already, get acquainted with your “Inner Fascist,” and find him something harmless to do, before he … well, you know, starts singing hymns to former FBI directors, or worshipping the CIA, or Obama, or Trump, or Hillary Clinton, or supports the empire’s next invasion, or coup, or just makes a desperate, sanctimonious ass of you both on the Internet.

I’m not kidding. Reclaim your “Inner Fascist.” It might sound crazy, but you will thank me someday.

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Petra Liverani

Censorship is fascism. Virtually all other mainstream and alternative media exercise censorship of comments (not to mention above-the-line of course) so no doubt in my mind how fascist we are.

Massive kudos to Off-Guardian for sticking to no censorship of comments! … and see how it really isn’t needed? How we can all tolerate each other’s comments regardless of the degree to which they “offend” us.

Peter
Peter

Interesting article, but you have always had a system, a pyramid system, in any society were there are;
# Rulers, who rule, or too use the current word, set policy.
# Administrators, who enact this policy, be it by voluntary means Politicians and the Media. [it used to be religion and the clergy]
And/or enforcement of this policy, Army, Police and the Judiciary [just to make it legal?]
And/or Carrot and Stick. The size of the carrot or the stick just depends on who it is being used on.
# Not to forget the little people at the bottom.

Some examples Genghis khan, or Alexander, of Roman Caesars, down to and possibly before the Egyptian Pharaoh’s. All used the self-same system.

Hitler to use your implication in the photo above, was initially supported by some of our elites as a way to control the Bolsheviks. Till things went pear-shaped, then the Bolsheviks were used to control, and eventually destroy Hitler. The Bolsheviks lost more men, not forgetting women, in this exercise, then were killed in the Holocaust.

The first Globalist Empire to rule by a mixture of Coercion, Media, Bribery and Threats [both physical and spiritual] was the Roman Catholic Church, which only really came to the fore when the Roman State was weakening and dividing and the Rulers needed a unifying force.

One could say that this system as worked over the millennia, because it is really efficient. So much so that the Rulers adopted the three way version,
# Western version, be it Capitalism and its bed mate Liberalism.
# Russian version of Bolshevikism, whether you call it Communism or State Capitalism.
# Lastly the Asian version, Chinese Communism, which is a hybrid of State Capitalism with a mix of Confucianism.

Again it makes no difference to the people at the bottom. We are ruled, but as the article states, or intimates if done well, we are all relatively happy in our servitude. Accepting the things that our teachers, parents or elders tell us, who in turn have been taught by their??? They have even given us the option to move from one regime to another. If all else fails there are the options of re-education and if that fails, back to carrot and stick.

To use your last comment

“It is an edict, a command, an ideological model … to which we are all expected to conform. Conform to this ideological model, and one is rewarded, or at least not punished. Deviate from it, and suffer the consequences.

It is a question of obedience, not one of truth.”

That maybe why in the west, we have allowed Political Islam to rise as a means to control the masses. One could say it is the old Roman Catholic Church on steroids.
#Submit, pay your Tithes and you will go to a better life when you die?
Islam version
#Submit, pay your Zakat, if you are a Muslim, pay Jizya if not and you will go to a better life when you die.

But as the Catholic Church outlived its usefulness, it will only be question of time till Islam, be it Sunni, or Shia, outlive their usefulness. To be replaced by, who knows.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1

This short documentary highlights the statements about religion being the ultimate uniting force of fascism. Because christians believe that god is with the christians, since it is their god in the first place. The fascists protect the christians, because the christians finance the fascists.

In the end, the collusion is a fusion and whoever proclaims to be a christian is also announcing the ‘whole-istic’ affiliation with fascism.

Max Blumenthal on sightseeing a U.S. regime terror base in Central America.

Based on what is unfolding as we type, I consider my words nothing more but some irrelevant “Bla Bla Bla” to those in the movement or fold of the christian fascists.

It won’t come as a surprise, that only a christian fascist does not have to fear Jesus-like brutality, violence, discrimination, torture and murder. It is only certain christians who will have nothing to fear – if they obey. All others should take another good look at the Pinochet/Franco/Hitler/Mussolini et al regimes to find out all they can to shed light on the kind of relationship fascists have to those they despise.

And since talking about religion is akin to riding against windmills, I’ll refrain from repeating myself and save the energy for our farm.

Surely there are enough brilliant philosophers around here to argue the case that there are more christian fascists able to convert peaceful christians into christian fascists, than there are peaceful christians able to convert christian fascists into peaceful christians.

Thanks for all the fish I got here over the years.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

“I got entangled in my own data, and my conclusion directly contradicts the original idea from which I start. Starting from unlimited freedom, I conclude with unlimited despotism. I will add, however, that apart from my solution of the social formula, there can be no other.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ‘Demons’

The Cyrillic title – ‘Obsebene’ sounds like ‘Obsession’ by CK’s – ‘D’ Consumer Society’.

Talk about Possessed, in the extreme . . . all ‘pants’, innit’.
Who needs pants ? Pants or ‘Gashti’ ? So what if grandma is off down the beach without her ‘gashti’ ?
All just nouns in Cyrillic or English, coding ‘things’, in many ways & to manipulate;
demonic minds within.
Great piece, CJ 🙂

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc

I have always found it a good strategy, when you have got this boss – a complete psychopath, telling you what to do, is to agree – Say Yes. Do not tell the boss to calm down. That really pisses them off. I agree and say – would you like a cup of tea???? – and that’s just with the blokes.

And just carry on with what you were going to do….unless its a really good idea.

Agree and walk away. He will be happy with that and go and annoy someone else. It is not a good idea to hit him.

Personally, I prefer girls. Far less trouble.

Learn by Example

Tony

Antonym
Antonym

Sure “we” fill up our vehicles with Arab gas/petrol and we buy lots of China manufactured stuff.
All true till:

We (i.e., Americans, Brits, Europeans, and other citizens of the global capitalist empire)

Why are for example the Chinese excluded? Xi-Jinping & co have organized quite a totalitarian state; they are also imperialistic, physically economically and financially. https://telanganatoday.com/chinese-web
That the US 1% is enabling them for even more profits is besides this point. The Chinese 1% is equally predatory “capitalistic”.

Mind you, the present US deep state monster needs to be tamed and China might be it… But a cure shouldn’t be worse than an ailment. Maverick Trump still seems the only realistic way out.

Wilmers31
Wilmers31

Trump is not the way out, me thinks. Trump is only a stage and hopefully enough of a disruptor to unlock the next and then the next stage.

We have already reached a stage where peace in the streets is no longer guaranteed. That is quite bad, but for the Colluding Class to change their thieving ways there will have to be stronger medicines. What unites the protests in Chile, France, Bolivia, Hong Kong?

The rulers do what they like and do not worry about what the people need.

People need less wars, lower arms race expenses to build more housing, and up the wages so they can pay rents, utilities, and a few optional pleasures.

Simple. Bread and circuses, not war and destruction.

Dungroanin
Dungroanin

Agree except HK – which is a ‘color’ coup/revolt ( like the Ukraine maidan organised by the usual suspects, using the Bandarists) HK Utilises
the cantonese/’Hong Konger’ minority prejudices against the mandarin/ Hans majority to forment the current ‘unrest’ there.

The history of HK is sordid and goes back to the monopolist opium dealers of the British Empire which tied the Sassoon’s and the British monarchy and the Anglo Imperialists warmongering global robber baronery – that insists on exceptionality and infallibility in the face of the reality of global human commonality.

Christopher Barclay
Christopher Barclay

Totally agree. China has all the characteristics of the true Fascist state (Mussolini’s Italy): totalitarian, ethno-nationalist and an economic model dominated by the state and a few privately owned corporates that follow the dictates of the state.

Seems that Antifas believe that white people should be held to higher standards than other races.

RobG

A good piece. But bottom line is, ranting and raving does nothing.

We are now into Acte 54 in France.

When are you idiots going to finally wake-up?

Brian Harry
Brian Harry

Is that one of John Bolton’s Baby photo’s……

lundiel
lundiel

I need help. Swinson enrages my inner fascist.

Geoff
Geoff

Sad thing about it. is we have people like Tim, nice but dim , who’s a regular contributor on here volunteering , yes , volunteering , to do the shit work of the elite overseas slaughtering people they’ve never met , or know , but what the hell , they’re just following orders, I wonder what the likes of Tim, nice but dim, will do if what the predicted about riots on the streets if we don’t leave the EU , is he going to start firing at people who he agrees with?

Gary Weglarz
Gary Weglarz

(“We know this is happening. We can google this stuff. We know “where the trains are going,” as it were. And yet, we do not see ourselves as monsters.”) – ah, the very heart of the matter I would say!

– sadly this is a spot on assessment of the entire range and spectrum of political belief (right,left and center) here in the U.S. Minus perhaps the very tiny fraction inhabiting the nooks and crannies and edges who actually do “google this stuff,” and who do travel to see first hand “where the trains are going” and who witness first hand the routine carnage that takes place in the name of elite “humanitarian” concerns.

At least some of us on this fringe come home from such travels knowing that we are indeed “a part of” this “monstrous machine,” even though unwillingly, even in our resistance to it. Some of us realize our complicity and have found a way to live with the reality that as long as we are not active tax resisters suffering the consequences of that resistance we are indeed ethically and morally a part of this monstrous apparatus of destruction we despise. I’ve long thought that the only clear conscience in America could be found in the few tax resisters confined to prison for their refusal to pay up their dues to the war machine, though I freely admit I have never found the necessary resolve to join them and face the consequences.

I’d say that in this fashion – “getting acquainted with (my) inner fascist” – (acknowledging my clear ethical connection to the actions of the war machine my taxes help pay for) – has been one of the most important things I’ve had to do in a life of reflection and resistance. Acknowledging and accepting my own ongoing responsibility and connection to the war machine, no matter how unwilling, doesn’t help me sleep at night, but it does help to keep my self-righteousness a bit more in check – while daily pondering ways to make a difference in this madness ever unfolding around us. It also helps to minimize the “us vs them” thinking – with “us” of course being quite saintly and pure of heart – and “them” possessed of all the evil we can manage to project outward from our own suffering psyches. All while denying responsibility for any of this madness – no matter that it is actually we “taxpayers” who finance it all.

BigB
BigB

I do not have an ‘inner fascist’ – and neither would anyone else …if and when they owe no allegiance to the incorporated state. Which also entails withdrawing any allegiance whatsoever to the ‘money multiplier cancer’ that is ‘green’ finance capitalism. As advocated by every genuine spiritual leader ever – not least the Buddha – and reiterated by Arundhati Roy:

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing

We co-constitute the state with our obedience. Our obedience is their authority and overpower. If we accept the subjectivity we are given and socialised into: we are naturally subordinated and infantalised. If we accept this in return for some small socialisms and rights that come with corporate responsibilities – blind-faith allegiance to the corporate Mammon of the false idols of technological Progress and Prosperity – we co-constitute the incorporated state with our subordinated subjectivity. We are infantalised wards of the state: co-responsible for its metastatic behaviours and the co-evolution of its core of cancerous capitalist accumulation …which is the root pathology of all pathologies [McMurtry].

This cannot be analysed apart from Marx/Durkheim/Weber/Habermas et al and theories of legitimation and overburdening with social demands of rights, freedoms, and privileges that the state cannot meet. It also demands we look at Karl Polanyi’s ‘double movement’: how the state extends pseudo-socialisms to protect its core ethics of cancerous accumulation and eternal valorisation …which go only towards the life-blind consumption of the life-ground of all value. Thus the state subjectivity is blindsighted to its own destructivism.

But most of all we must honestly look at how subjectivity is co-created as ‘disembodied’ …in subordination to a pre-existing hierarchical incorporated state and finance capitalism institutionalised structure …which is a ‘natural’ supervention over the natural person. This is a wholly false wrongview: one that is assertively reified and coercivelly concretised – not by the state (though they certainly hold the monopoly of violence) – but inter-subjectively …between us. We hold the incorporated state nexus as a legal-rational legitimacy with our subjective cognition. Its coherent structure is our servile social normativity.

Thus: the whole political incorporated state nexus has to be cognitively deconstructed in order to see how it works. The incorporated state is not an *a priori* pre-determined constitution. It is nothing more than a shared and distributed cognition that all co-constituting members socially agree on. Even if their personal narrative constructions are in conflict: the incorporated state is bi-partisan at a more root and ontologically primitive level in the political Collective Cognitive Unconscious.

We co-create our political reality by pre-determined conventions of agreement. In that it is already authoritarian and we subordinate ourselves in voluntary obedience to – which is proto-fascist – it is hard to see how we could do a worse job of it than we are currently managing. To say ‘manage your inner fascist’ is to substantiate something that should not be there. There are other ways of organising a ‘state’ that can give more than the verisimilitude of democratic tokenism. More fool us if we continue to legitimate our further subordination.

To end the totalitarian democracy and invert totalitarianism – the one we are about to validate and extend legal authority to once again – there has to be a credible alternative. That alternative is full and rapid degrowth and a rapid transition to a neo-agrarian solar society. Bob Ayres said years ago that the only sustainable society is a solar society that conserves its minerals. We indulge in coups and murder for ours: and then self-dishonestly shift the blame. It is only through radical honesty and uncompromising self-responsibility – which are spiritual values the political imaginary does not possess: it merely simulates them – that we can end the incorporated state fascism.

By voluntary simplicity, embracing the Great Simplification, and radically re-imagining the incorporated state structure – the future is ours to design. As soon as we completely refuse to buy into the ‘green’ corporate finance capitalist revolution and stop voting to legitimate our own destruction. When faced with radical self-sacrifice; social exclusion and ostracisation; voluntarily demanding less – which can only be achieved by radical wealth redistribution; rejecting NATO terrorism, nuclear weapons and nuclear energy: etc …then we may see the resurgence of the inner fascist. We all know that an uncompromising sustainability programme for returning the proto-fascist epochal subjectivity to ‘normal’ – whatever that is – is too militant for the obsequious authoriatarian inner personality to encounter. So the proto-fascist incorporated state cancer metastasizes and is given legal-rational legitimacy again and again.

It is too late for this election: but the withdrawal of obedience should have been completed by now. This is the notion of inevitability Arundhati talks of. Our inveterate, unquestioning, and blind-faith obedience to authoritarian capitalism brought us here. This is Capitalist Realism. TINA. Faced with the choice of freedom and liberation – we choose subordination to authoritarianism every time. When enough of us choose to end the state: there will be no more state. That is because we are the state. Or a mirror replicant of its life-blind values. And every time we co-constitute the state – rather than choosing life-affirming and life-coherent anti-state values – our values are co-determined by the national security state and its chosen national interests. Life and peace need no Trident or NATO to watch over us. We co-constitute the negative propagandic war ethics that justify the nuclear weapons. We could choose not to? We could choose a whole new value-ethics of social care and social welfare – as soon as we fuck the state off. Then the subordinacy to authoritarianism is also gone. But we have to be brutally honest and self-sacrifice and be prepared to strive for less. A lot less.

I’d like to be proved wrong: but I already suspect that it is too easy to be a crypto-fascist instead and indulge in one more push for more? My feeling is that many want the socialism of more …social mores the Earth can no longer afford. No such socialism exists. It is given in a conditional double movement. Which can be taken away as easily as it was given. Socialism does not exist as such right now. This is how state capitalism functions. And if we enter into that dark inequality and obsequious servitude bargain with the corporate Mammon once again for unsustainable social mores …what have we become?

Dungroanin
Dungroanin

New daily hymn BB?

Something change?

“It is too late for this election: but the withdrawal of obedience should have been completed by now.” is that it?

Our inner fascist is maybe a moral being. Ready to be marshalled by the chieftains and witch doctors of the village. Before that bloomed as a corporate endeavour it was often the religious hierarchy that enabled slavery and great pyramids, thence all the way to the Church and eventually to the here and now.

‘Socialism’ is the history of emancipation from slavery, and taking away the ‘god given rights’ of the slave owners. The human race will not achieve it this generation but maybe the next …or the next …

Peace Bro – i look forward to hearing more of the new song.

George Mc
George Mc

That made me smile Dungroanin. Every time I see a BB entry (I can’t say “read”) I think of that old quip “The covers of this book are too far apart.” Still at least this time he didn’t say “Zizekian” and “Lacanian”. Unless these terms are hiding away in that verbal forest somewhere.

funkerdunker
funkerdunker

mono theism, zionism, capitalism, socialism.. take your pick..as long as authority is differentiated out, and given to one or a few, there will be state terror conducted against humanity somewhere somehow, there will be misguided state actors trying to develop for themselves an empire and private wealth..

We need a leaderless society, not socialism but a leaderless society where for each problem a leader capable to deal with the problem rises to the occasion; then after it is solved or resolved, the leader of that problem blends back into the masses, and new problem brings forth new leaders who serve until the problem is solved.

Humanity is in control only when it can appoint it leaders as the need arises..

Antonym
Antonym

Quoting Arundhati Roy is a form of self degradation. This woman despised her own Indian ( deep, wide and multi) culture and is totally over rated in the West. She managed to occupy such dim standpoints that it is safe to favor the opposite that she promotes on most issues.

Steve Hayes

So CJ was it Noam Chomsky’s inner fascist who recommended that Americans should vote for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election?

Willem
Willem

Funny you mention that Chomsky may have an inner facist in him, with which I agree. Sometimes he very openly exposes his inner feelings. For instance, here is Chomsky (in 2002) on what we should do about the greenhouse effect.

“Suppose it was discovered tomorrow that the greenhouse effects has been way understimated, and that the catastrophic effects are actually going to set in 10 years from now, and not 100 years from now or something.
Well, given the state of the popular movements we have today, we’d probably have a fascist takeover-with everybody agreeing to it, because that would be the only method for survival that anyone could think of. I’d even agree to it, because there’s just no other alternatives right now.”

Perhaps he did not mean it that way, but he said it in this (lengthy) interview https://books.google.nl/books?id=5ZHvqVYf2nEC&pg=PA388&lpg=PA388&dq=Suppose+it+was+discovered+tomorrow+that+the+greenhouse&source=bl&ots=uXMPGiJiNZ&sig=ACfU3U0aEZ0hK8VyMRJcj_B7zh8K8NHgMw&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiM7sDnu4DmAhUDKVAKHXyNAIsQ6AEwAnoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=Suppose%20it%20was%20discovered%20tomorrow%20that%20the%20greenhouse&f=false

(Chomsky ALWAYS argues that someone who criticises him by quoting him, has taken the quote out of context. And since professor Chomsky is terribly long in answering questions, most people get bored and belief the professor on his word. Which is another nice propaganda technigue of fooling people around, isn’t it?)

Willem
Willem
wardropper
wardropper

He did, however, specify, “given the state of the popular movements we have today”… with the obvious implication that our popular movements are not in a good state, so I’m sure he would wish that those movements could get their act together.

Peter Schreiner

I have long seen the Hitler in all of us, in myself most of all. Recognition is the first step in collaring the inner fascist. And bridling the beast is the best we can hope. It helps to admit, we’re a flawed species. What I’m about to say may draw the ire of many. Therefore, I’d like everyone to understand, I’m not trying to change or convert anyone. I don’t care anymore. Well, that’s not entirely true, I do care, a little at least. But I realized years ago that it is a major miracle for someone to change themselves, much less someone else. So why bother?

But I would like to offer food for thought. You are, after all, thinking people, or you wouldn’t be here. And the sharing of ideas is how we evolve. And I figure, doing the least harm possible can’t hurt.

The shackling of my inner fascist came with an epiphany. It was an epiphany. I took a broader perspective. Understanding that if we treat the least important* with respect, the greater good takes care of itself. At least on a personal level. I think of it as Karmic, the do unto others, sort of thing. It is why I became the dreaded v-word, vegan. Not for my health, nor for the planet. But for the sake of the vulnerable. Those I fascistically dominate by proxy. To control my “Inner Fascist” required me to begin there.

*Part of our fascist flaw is we believe ourselves the most important creatures on earth. Humans have always overestimated their significance, underestimated their consequences. But because we are at the very least bound by the commonality of the planet, there really isn’t anything less important than another. Unless it is those humans who work to destroy our mutual welfare. I could consider those least important.

Thanks for reading.

wardropper
wardropper

But I realized years ago that it is a major miracle for someone to change themselves, much less someone else. So why bother?

In that case, I’d just suggest that we try to get more of those miracles when someone actually DOES manage to change themselves.
There are many spiritual paths which aim precisely at doing that, and, although it may not be the most popular of modern pursuits, within the ranks of those who sense clearly that our attachment to material comforts is the cause of most of our misery, I believe there is a great deal of success to be reported.
Why bother?
Well, a wise person said some time ago – probably regarding violin playing or some other non-material human goal, that “the genius is the one who can be bothered”.
We MUST be bothered.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1

The moment in the ‘search and find’ game, where the voice says “Getting very hot now!”
You got very close with your assessment. Closer than anybody who dared to write about it and infinitely closer than those in the group who desparately look for a desk with a stamping person to give their authority and responsibility away for a good night’s sleep.

The fact that the global capitalist empire does not call itself an empire, and instead calls itself “democracy,” doesn’t make it any less of an empire. The fact that it uses terms like “regime change” instead of “invasion” or “annexation” makes very little difference to its victims.

It should also be emphasized ad infinitum that ‘Psychological Projection’ is an important hallmark of fascism. Fascism has refined psychological projection into pre-emptive sanctions that will require the desired wars to be fought better* sooner than later.

For quite some time now I have been working on “The Colors of Fascism” – the book to explain fascism. As it does that, it requires that the reader does the explaining. In order to be able to do that, the reader must know what, who and where it ‘is’. At such it is one thing to write beautiful words and another for the reader to arrive at the point from which it can sense what fascism is, how its primitive principles are applied and how it follows suit with the behavior of Baboons in military fatigue and business suits.

It is impossible to ‘think’ about ‘what’ the ‘water’ ‘is’, that the fish is ‘in’, without including that the ‘fish’ ‘is’ also the water – in the same ‘space’ the ‘fish’ occupies in a three dimensional ‘space’.
Fascism is a mind set derived from clinging on to the most primitive, brutal and violent behavior the species will ‘naturally’ resort to. ‘Fascism’ is therefor also a part of the human condition – the least evolved one at that. It rejects any form of transcendence – if not for enhancing the delusions of grandeur among its congregation.

It is fair to say that without knowing who and what one is, it will be impossible to detect fascism other than in the lockstep marching brown shirts through the Brandenburg Gate. And the fact of fascism being inherent in their species’ previous and present state of mind – and thus also inherent in their thinking, eludes those longing for ‘a strong hand’, a ‘strong leader’. While there, make it ‘greatest Führer of all times’.

It needs however to be celebrated that fascism receives the attention it needs to be given. And the overall presentation of the issue is stellar, which is also very important. Since it is a matter of the mind and only the mind – individually and collectively – can overcome this primitive stage of human evolution within Evolution. Homo Sapiens should be able to do better than that. It should be able – as the species – to purge itself from what keeps holding it down in the sewer of spirituality, so to speak.

Sometimes I wonder if the comment sections on various surveillance portals are already personalized via profiling. Because every user leaves a behavioral fingerprint in the matrix, content can then be customized to wash the brain of the individual. Fascism has therefor a new way of manipulating minds. Greatest concern must be given to the vulnerability of the masses to religion, kings and queens, billionaires, celebrities, sports and wars. Fascism is very good at combining those to manufacture unity.

Let’s hurry up a bit, shall we?

*better, because war is the holy state of being and worshiping to a fascist.

Dungroanin
Dungroanin

Cheers for that CJ – there is someone who happily flaunts her inner facism upon the wide world.
Having been introduced to the world with a welcoming befitting a second coming!

Perhaps you can give us some guidance, in due course?

The saintly, butter wouldn’t melt, Dr Strangelove Hill.

This person with her supposedly wrong kind of accent to make a success in UK! It is posh Northumberland – there were kings from there!

She came with a fully formed narrative to impart. Not for her the short Yes/No answers, caginess or eagerness to get out of there as quick as possible.

That narrative and her are being promoted by the usual ‘liberal’ arse cheeks of the media. She looks destined for political election. The people are crooning already; the Groans running doe eyed articles. The liberal comedians are spaffing all over their shows about her.
She is of course one of Clintons minions and will no doubt be part of the dynastic claim to CEO role denied to the would be Queen Hillary.

Does that qualify as enough unleashing of my inner fascist?

michael canning
michael canning

Someone should tell her that her accent wouldn’t have counted against her in
Russia either.

Gezzah Potts

Sublimely said CJ, cheers. Its sorta like we’re all frogs placed in a huge pot of cold water, and the heat has been slowly turned up. We don’t even notice it. Because we’re right in the water that completely surrounds us. Appreciate…

Saptarship
Saptarship

Great piece: Self-honest and communicated very effectively. The only thing I would add is that the writer clearly has a good working relationship with his inner fascist and maybe that aspect has even evolved out of fascism to develop visceral and arcane qualities of a pure ‘force’ in harmony with life, rather than the unhelpful gewalt and powermadness. Enjoyed reading this one.

Michael
Michael

Another fascist tendency of the US is to overthrow as many left-wing socialist countries as it can. Very Hitler-esque.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar

‘I didn’t get where I am today without reclaiming my inner fascist!’

‘Err, no CJ.’

‘No discipline in British Industry any longer, high time we had some goosestepping around Surrey sales meetings, nothing excessive, just enough, not too much….’

‘Sieg heil errrr quite right, CJ!’

‘Jelly will no longer be a core product line: no more wobbling pansies here. No: the NHS has asked Sunshine Desserts to trial some new Lithium crumble to treat all those workers who have gone round the twist….restore some energy to aging old bangers, eh?

‘CJ: may I suggest my mother-in-law be in the first batch of triallists?’

‘That’s the spirit, Reggie: channel your familial tensions into a new sales drive. I take it your namby pamby son-in-law’s repulsive wine is in line for a second product introduction line? It makes a good substitute for cough mixture, after all….’

‘Really, CJ: Tom is a kind-hearted successful estate agent who would sell Mrs CJ’s family home for a very fair price.’

‘Damn a very fair price Reggie: I expect a 10% premium on sale and a 10% reduction on buying. Tony Webster would insist on nothing less!’

‘Ah yes, Tony Webster, CJ: an airheaded, fornicating two-faced obsequious little shit who would screw Mrs CJ if she got him a job as Sales Director of some rip off agency in Godalming….’

‘Needs must Reggie: I didn’t get where I am today without hiring an airheaded fornicating two-faced obsequious little shit to drive category sales!’

‘Well at least he was never fornicating with MY wife, CJ: despite your best efforts to sell that story internally….’

‘I have no recollection of that Reggie: any more than you have recollection of inviting Joan upstairs for hanky panky…’

‘Err…no CJ. Who IS our Luxembourg Representative, by the way?’

Harris-Jones
Harris-Jones

Super!

Dungroanin
Dungroanin

Incase anyone may be confused ‘CJ’ is not Hopkins – unlesd Rhys wishes to correct me –
http://www.leonardrossiter.com/reginaldperrin/CJisms.html

George Mc
George Mc

Ah Reggie Perrin. Is anyone making satires on corporate consumer capitalism these days?