Friday, June 07, 2002

UMBERTO ECO AND UR-FASCISM continued part 3 (last I promise)

Here’s the full piece. Read and come back.

11. pacifism is trafficking with the enemy, because life is permanent warfare.

Thus dissent becomes a goal in itself, not as a tool to get anywhere, or further understanding. Questions about strategy are smacked down as “un-Australian”. Questions about questioners are “racist” or lack “compassion”.

12. Ur-Fascism is based upon a selective populism.

Politicians campaign for votes because they are “one of us” (ALP) or because they will govern “for all of us” (Lib). If there is an “us”, then there has to be a “them”. Columnists undermine democratic will by appealing to higher powers, or simply referring to election outcomes as the “so-called mainstream”.

13. Ur-Fascism must be against “rotten” Parliamentary governments

So elections are “stolen”. Voters are just too bloody stupid to see the Truth Revealed, and must be led to the promised land. Failing that, driven there like the sheep they are.

14. Ur-Fascism speaks Newspeak.

So to be a “progressive” means to resist progress. The right to free speech becomes the demand to be agreed with.

If anyone can define irony, I think the alliance of right-wing Islamic fundamentalists, hard left intellectuals and muddle-headed environmentalists, arrayed against the one country that guarantees all of the freedom and wealth to pursue their stated goal of bringing it all down – that would qualify.

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