Offers a hand, takes everything
One of the leftist candidates for a new member of the Slovenian parliament refused to handshake with the present far-right premier Janša.
“Švarc Pipanova wrote that for the first time in her life, she refused to shake hands. “I refused to shake the hand of the man who, with a fig in his pocket and a cynical smile on his face, arrogantly contempt everyone who disagrees with him. The hand that relentlessly, verbally slaps, insults, attacks, discredits, and threatens citizens, political opponents, the media, representatives of civil society, and independent institutions …, that subjugates state subsystems, represses, destroys the state, and plays a rock star with a cynical smile.”
Although she is only a candidate for Parliament, she thus expressed that she could be a very good politician: “Švarc Pipanova is convinced that “the hand offered was not sincere and did not express a desire to cooperate. It is not possible to cooperate with someone who repeatedly crosses all boundaries of decency, and he does not deserve my respect, not even if it is acted.”
Narcissistic people see others as inferior and use even a simple gesture such as a handshake to subjugate others. In their delusions, they think that those who shake their hands surrender and submit to them and even admire them.
Fascism is the Cult of the Leader
Let’s see what Jason Stanley has to say about fascism, the predecessor of Nazism, this two-headed dragon of Evil in his video lecture.
The 10 tactics of fascism | Jason Stanley | Big Think, YouTube
About Jason Stanley: Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.
How do fascist leaders take hold? Lying to a whole nation, and having them believe you, is just one-tenth of it.
Fascism is a cult of the leader, who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by immigrants, leftists, liberals, minorities, homosexuals, women, in the face of what the fascist leader says is a takeover of the country’s media, cultural institutions, schools by these forces.
Fascist movements typically, though not invariably, rest on an urban/rural divide. The cities are where there’s decadence, where the elites congregate, where there are immigrants, and where there’s criminality.
Each of these individuals alone is not in and of itself fascist, but you have to worry when they’re all grouped together, seeing the other as less than. Those moments are the times when societies need to worry about fascism.
Here are the lecture chapters (I added my comments in the brackets):
1. The mythic past (on which the Cult Leader is building a new Reich)
2. Propaganda (Distorted and false communication and manipulation to recruit, isolate and program cult members.)
3. Anti-intellectualism (against all freethinkers who pose a threat to the Cult Leader.)
4. Unreality (Irrationality and living in an imaginary world of the promised land.)
5. Hierarchy (The Leader is God, the others are servants, workers, and soldiers.)
6. Victimhood (The members of the Cult must sacrifice themselves for the Leader and the Reich.)
7. Law and Order (The Leader is the Law, all must obey Him and carry out His commands without thinking.)
8. Sexual anxiety (Unpleasant feelings about sexuality, such as fear, insecurity, panic, shame, and panicky fear of the differently sex-oriented.)
9. Sodom and Gomorrah (Historical cities that were supposedly punished for homosexuality by the Christian god of the cross and burned to the ground. Hatred for LGBT who present a “threat” to the “Cause”.)
10. Arbeit Macht Frei – “Work will liberate you” (Inscription at the entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp, where the Nazis forced the hungry, overworked, and exhausted to work themselves to death.)
You can use these 10 points to check every political party or system for fascism and Nazism.
JASON STANLEY: “Fascism is a cult of the leader, who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by immigrants, leftists, liberals, minorities, homosexuals, women, in the face of what the fascist leader says is a takeover of the country’s media, cultural institutions, schools by these forces. And that’s why you need a really macho, powerful, violent response.
The fascist leader says he will solve the problem. Fascism is right-wing by nature. It’s based on ultra-nationalism. However, you can have ultra-nationalist movements that are ultra-nationalist movements of minority groups. There is left-wing authoritarianism. There are bad things on the left. Stalin killed many, many people. Mao killed many, many people. These are terrible figures. But not all terrible things are fascist. Fascism is a very particular ideological structure. When thinking about fascism, you can’t think about these individual elements in isolation. They come as a bundle.
My name is Jason Stanley. I’m the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and the author of five books, most recently, “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.”
We forget that many fascist regimes started off as democratic political parties. We forget that Hitler, the Nazi Party, ran in an election. Fascist parties start as fascist social and political movements before they come to power. So it’s important to see that these tactics occur even in societies that do not have a fascist regime. All nationalism involves a mythic past. You can say, “Look, we’re Polish people,” people who spoke Polish and were sheepherders and another bunch of Polish people who were fishermen, and you can talk about how things were wonderful when we were all Polish together. That’s a fine mythic past, but then there’s the fascist mythic past. In the past, we were great. Wherein did our greatness consist? In our military. And in the past, the dominant racial group ruled over others. And then the fascist leader says, “That has been taken from you by the leftists and communists. They wanna weaken our military. They wanna weaken our greatness.”
Propaganda is ubiquitous, and everyone uses propaganda. In political propaganda, your main message is something other than the information you’re conveying. Fascist propaganda is a very particular structure. It’s based around a friend/enemy distinction. The political opponent, they are a merciless threat to your very existence and your traditions. They are the other. When they are in charge, it subverts the nation. So the structure of fascist propaganda is based on the idea that the others are fundamentally opposed to the nation.
As Hitler says in “Mein Kampf,” “Science is only useful insofar as it strengthens the nation.” Fascism is a cult of the leader. It involves the leader setting the rules about what’s true and false. So any kind of expertise, reality, all of that is a challenge to the authority of the leader. If science would help him, then he can say, “Okay, I’ll use it.”
Institutions that teach multiple perspectives on history in all its complexity are always a threat to the fascist leader. The center of democracy is truth. You’re not free if you’ve been lied to. Nobody thinks the people of North Korea are free. The people of North Korea will vote for Dear Leader every time because they’ve been lied to. It’s not a free vote because they don’t have access to the truth.
Equality, similarly, requires truth because equality and democracy don’t mean we all have the same amount of money. It doesn’t mean we all have the same car. It means political equality, that each of our voices matters the same. And political equality means speaking truth to power. If someone really powerful is humiliated when they’re caught lying, that’s the core of political equality. So if you’re gonna rip the heart out of democracy, you get people used to lies. Here’s a fact about humans: we all pretty much stuck to the same degree.
One group of us is not better than another group of us. Hierarchy is central here because it’s the big lie at the center of things. What racism but one big lie? Racism is a lie that one group is better than another. You’re told this religion is better, this race is better, this gender is better. It’s really a moral claim, has more moral worth. And then once you have hierarchies set up, you can make people very nervous and frightened about losing their position on that hierarchy. The hierarchy goes right into victimhood because once you convince people that they’re justifiable higher on the hierarchy, then you can tell them that they’re victims of equality. German Christians are victims of Jews. White Americans are victims of Black American equality. Men are victims of feminism. Once you convince people that they should be better, that they have earned a position on the hierarchy over others, then you can tell them that equality is actually the victim. Loyalty to the dominant group means law-abidingness. And the minority group is by its nature not law-abiding. Law and order in fascist politics mean the members of a minority group who accept their subservient role, they’re law-abiding, and the members of the dominant group by their very nature are law-abiding.
By definition, the leader can’t violate law and order. So law and order don’t mean justice. Law and order don’t mean equality. Law and order structures who’s legitimate and who’s not. Everywhere around the world, no matter what the situation is, in very different socioeconomic conditions, the fascist leader comes and tells you, “Your women and children are under threat. You need a strong man to protect your families.”
They make conservatives hysterically afraid of transgender rights or homosexuality, other ways of living. These are not people trying to live their own lives. They’re trying to destroy your life, and they’re coming after your children. What the fascist politician does is they take conservatives who aren’t fascist at all, and they say, “Look, I know you might not like my ways. You might think I’m a womanizer. You might think I’m violent in my rhetoric. But you need someone like me now. You need someone like me ’cause homosexuality, isn’t just trying for equality. It’s coming after your family.”
Fascist movements typically, though not invariably, rest on an urban/rural divide. The cities are where there’s decadence, where the elites congregate, where there are immigrants, there’s criminality, there’s Sodom and Gomorrah. In the city, there’s no real work. The pure, hard-working, real members of the nation live in the rural areas, where they work hard with their hands. When our politicians talk about inner-city voters or urban voters, we all know what they mean.
“Arbeit Macht Frei”, “Work shall make you free.” This was written on the gates of Auschwitz. The idea is that the minority group, they’re lazy, and they need to be made to work. Free labor. The minority group and the leftists, they’re lazy by their nature, and it gives them a work ethic. Labor unions are run by communists who are trying to make things easier. Hard work is a virtue. In a liberal democracy, we don’t value people by how hard they work. What would happen to disabled people who can’t work? They would then have no value. It’s why the Nazis had the T4 program to murder the disabled because the disabled were Lebenunwertes Leben, life unworthy of life because to be valued was to be capable of hard work.
Each of these individual elements is not in and of itself fascist, but you have to worry when they’re all grouped together, when honest conservatives are lured into fascism by people who tell them, “Look, it’s an existential fight. I know you don’t accept everything we do. You don’t accept every doctrine. But your family is under threat. Your family is at risk. So without us, you’re in peril.” Those moments are the times when we need to worry about fascism.”
One of the very good comments:
“This explanation of fascism ignored the role the established oligarchy plays in the development of fascism. In fact, the video avoids the subject of capitalism altogether, which is CENTRAL to the development of fascism. As Mussolini said, “fascism is the fusion of corporations and the state.” Fascism occurs when capitalism falls into a crisis (as it does every 4 to 7 years, but fascism only shows up after a particularly BIG collapse of capitalism) and the ruling class is concerned about the mass mobilization of the working class and rising class consciousness due to the dire economic situation. So, enter the fascist strongman with a political party as described in this video, but he promises to the oligarchs to keep them, the owners of industry, in their privileged place in society while getting rid of (violently) all social forces that threaten to take the wealth of the ultra-rich to stop the suffering of the poor. To do this they develop all sorts of scapegoats, as described in this video, but always in the iron sights of the fascists are the socialists that are riling up the working class. And, as said by Slavoj Žižek, every time fascism has emerged, it’s always on top of the failure of a socialist movement’s ability to take root in the working class. Fascism exists to stamp out socialism and protect the ruling class through incredible state-sanctioned violence and mass misinformation.”
The Slovenian far-right completes all 10 points being a perfect example of the fascist and Nazist movement which has mobilized a large number of leftists, NGOs, and non-political voters to unite and end this hostile takeover of Slovenia in the coming 24. April elections. Interestingly, far-right parties are creating their opponents and even enemies with their hatred, contempt, and violence. More they are far-rightish, the bigger oposition they create and the less chance they have to win elections. The more they are themselves, the more they lose, and that is one of the significant truths about Evil – the more It destroys others, the more It hurts itself. Evil is a system of self-destruction and it is repeating its suicide action throughout history. Lucky us, we will gladly help It to be completely erased from our cosmos so the good people can finally live in peace, friendship, and love.
To be continued.
All the best to all.
Cover: Hitler and Mussolini, photo: medium.com
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