Friday, June 07, 2002

UMBERTO ECO AND UR-FASCISM continued

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

6. For Ur-Fascism, disagreement is treason.

Try wearing a t-shirt that suggests that maybe Lomborg might possible have a point and maybe we should check those footnotes OWWW! Try breaking party discipline anywhere.

7. Through the fear of difference, Ur-Fascism is racist by nature.

It is racist to hold one racial group to a different standard, higher or lower, than your own. Protecting the poor little darkies from the luxuries you will not surrender is racist.

8. One of the most typical features of historical fascism is the appeal to a frustrated middle class.

The siren voice that “poses the hard questions” without all those tedious alternatives.

9. At the root of Ur-Fascist psychology, there is the obsession with a plot, possible an international one.

There is no conspiracy too loony, no scenario too bizarre, no official not bent on a coverup. Every story is a potential Watergate. We are not the masters of our fate. Evil multinationals plot to poison us all.

10. The followers must feel humiliated by the ostentatious wealth and force of their enemies.

Or, America had it coming. If you are rich, then it is because you made someone else poor. If I am poor/weak/ignorant, it is your fault, not mine. If my ally is a terrorist, it is because you, his enemy, didn’t supply him with a viable alternative to killing civilians.

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