Fascists?

This week a new figure has come across my radar whom I knew little about: Oswald Mosley.

To get a feel for his preaching style back in the day, here’s a portion of a documentary titled “Europeans”:

Relevant portion beginning 1:13:25 in.

I have yet to watch the full documentary, only that end portion. One could dismiss it as propaganda, sure, but that doesn’t drain it of its intensity and prescience. People are attracted to this sort of information precisely because European nations have once again come under siege, this time as a result of their own leaders, adherents to the EU policies, who insist in flooding the land with immigrants from outside cultures, many of whom express no desire to assimilate within these Western cultures. That’s a problem for those who appreciate and wish to protect their heritage, as most humans are wont to do.

That they employed fascism as a means of protecting these cultures historically continues to perplex and upset our modern sensibilities. Which is understandable considering how much propaganda we have been fed in recent decades that denounce such movements as anti-Semitic and barbaric. It’s difficult to argue against what we’ve been taught about the Holocaust as it being anything other than a destructive and dark force. However, I find it helpful to attempt to suspend judgment for a spell and to try to imagine the perspective of Europeans at that point in history. Were they truly little more than blood-thirsty tyrants seeking a scapegoat to blame? That appears to be an uncharitable interpretation of events leading up to one of the worst wars the world had ever known. Why would people be so willing to die for that cause? What were they feeling so threatened by that they’d be willing to lay down their lives to oppose it?

There’s more to the story than we’re typically taught, as is usually the case. The victors write the history books and the opposition are commonly derided as lunatics deserving to be discarded in the waste bins of history. And yet, we’re made aware that the problem has not since been rectified and that people continue to seethe with resentment for how their resistance has been treated and ridiculed and distorted in the decades since. Might be a good time to stop and listen to those we’re so eager to dismiss as “fascists” so as to understand that they too were human beings, not mere monsters bent on the pursuit of power for no purpose — that they too were invested in protecting their cultures and societies against persons and opposing ideologies seeking to overtake them.

What would we do when confronted with forces that threaten to unravel all that we are and have ever been? All of history laid low and diminished, reconstructed in the textbooks with the goal to demonize those who came before in an effort to usher in a new vision for humanity. Nevermind if that new vision is antithetical to what most people actually want and believe in. If it’s packaged nicely enough and sold to us as progressive and bound to improve our lots in life, we buy into it. Foolishly so.

What am I referring to here? What many refer to openly nowadays as the New World Order. It’s not a new concept, though it’s no longer shrouded in secrecy. It’s the goal set by powerful financiers and the like who believe their vision for humanity should be brought to fruition by any means necessary. This goal has been made abundantly clear by now, and it was in the earlier stages of development around the time of the World Wars. People then saw it as a menace just as people now are reawakening to it. And it has been winning.

This is not merely about Europeans of old and their resistance. This issue now extends to include us all, peoples of far-flung nations. Some say it began with the formation of the Federal Reserve system (ushered in finally in 1913 in the U.S. after many prior attempts to do so), though it appears to date back much further than that, though that definitely was a key moment in time worth wrapping one’s mind around. Who all is behind this global initiative and why? That remains a debated topic that there are no clear and easy answers to. Just know that life is incredibly strange and that much of what we’ve been taught is not wholly accurately. In fact, much of it is deliberately skewed so that we might misunderstand the events of the early 20th century and not seek to reanimate them in the present day.

Before we go any further, let’s look at an interview Oswald Mosley did in 1975:

Observe the interviews’ interest in trying his best to paint Mosley as an anti-semite through and through. Despite Mosley explaining that the issue he took was with some Jews, not all, and with Zionism in particular. That’s a tactic still proving popular today, where we’re accused of anti-semitism if we level any criticism at all toward Israel or toward famous and powerful bankers and financiers who happen to be Jewish (like George Soros or the Rothschild dynasty). Even if we critique Israel’s decision to not open its national borders to immigrants while encouraging other nations to do so we’re commonly caricatured as if we’re knuckle-dragging idiots who secretly detest all Jews and who wish to see Israel wiped off the face of the planet. That slippery slope form of argument is all the rage still today and it seeks to place Jewish people uniquely in a category above reproach. This is identity politics, yes, and it achieves its aims through shaming people into staying silent by threatening to label us with the dreaded anti-Semitic epithet.

Why do we fear such epithets? Well, for one, it’s usually unwarranted and inaccurate. But, thinking beyond the box, does it not signal to wider society that we’re despicable persons? That we’re backwards and deserving of having abuse heaped upon us? For a relatively small minority on the planet, Jewish folks (or at least the popular ideology claiming to protect them in recent decades) have garnered immense power when this has become the case in all Western nations. Seriously think about that. We like to imagine we’re simply being protective of this group of people out of respect for historical atrocities that befell them, but is that really all there is to the story? A scratch of the surface demonstrates there’s more to it than that, but we’re strongly discouraged from speaking about it with one another publicly. To do so is to invite being labeled as a “fascist” or a “white supremacist,” with all the negative connotations associated with that. You’re automatically deemed illiberal, primitive and monstrously evil. Why must that be the case?

I personally believe in questioning everything. If someone says a topic is off-limits, I will investigate it out of stubborn rebellion. Because I strongly believe information channels deserve to remain open and that no vein of inquiry should be disallowed in our discussions and research. Because I prize protecting free speech and free thought over fitting in and following the herd. It helps to start off as an unpopular type, freeing you up to remain unpopular since you don’t know what you’re missing. Accusations and labels are par for the course. But that’s not to say such accusations don’t have teeth. Indeed they can. If you’re aiming to work your way up a corporate ladder, you’ll likely choose to keep such thoughts to yourself and to instead parrot what you’ve been instructed to believe is true. Luckily, the corporate world never held much appeal to me and I’m content with remaining relatively poor. There’s freedom in not being bound too tightly into the wider game, allowing more flexibility with fewer concern for consequences. And why should there be consequences to merely speaking words and sharing ideas? To investigating what really happened and why? Because powers-that-be actively discourage that and will try to make an example out of those who step out of line.

Imagine how much power that must entail to exert so much control over people, worldwide. This consideration unto itself demonstrates how entrenched it all is and how far back it spreads. The new normal. For an American to call upon our representatives to curb the amount of money handed over to Israel would spell out political suicide. Even to request greater oversight and accounting there will garner nasty insults and labels from elites and your brainwashed fellow Americans who don’t even know why they support what they do. It’s clear enough that we’ve been thoroughly programmed via our media and politicians to not only accept this way of life but to believe it to be right, beyond question. Beyond scrutiny. Does that not strike any of the rest of you as a bit queer?

We live in strange times that are growing stranger. To stand up against the EU is to be bashed and treated as an ignorant redneck best kept out of serious political conversations. Backwards — they love that word. Why? Because they see their way as the only right way forward. Is it? Well, if the Georgia Guidestones are any indicator I’d say that we’re all being played. In the end very few of us will matter. We’re mostly of value now in that we prove quite effective at keeping one another down.

Is all of this “conspiracy theory” mumbo-jumbo? Some like to paint it as such. And sure, there are plenty of people who will extend these ideas much further and incorporate all sorts of extraneous theories that can’t be proven or that seem so incredibly outlandish as to be little more than distractions. But because some lunatics exist says nothing about whether any and all conspiracies are fiction. Humans conspire. It’s what we do. We collude so as to protect what power we have and/or to acquire more of it. There are powerful persons in the world who operate behind the scenes in pushing agendas that many of us oppose. George Soros and his Open Society Foundation are a clear demonstration of that. It’s not even a secret any longer. And he was there back in the days of WWII, getting his start in first aiding the Nazis…but now look at what he’s up to. Is what he’s pushing today fascism? No. But it is a form of socialism of sorts. I’d argue it’s not truly going to improve the lives of most people and that really he’s sowing seeds of discord among us.

So what do we mean when we refer to fascism? National socialism? Is what we see unfolding in European nations and the U.S. truly nationalistic? No. Not anymore. Mussolini’s famous reference to fascism being little more than a fusion of government and corporations apparently had to do with nationalizing companies and guilds, bringing them under the power and influence of the ruling body of the time. Yet today in America we see major (global) corporations infiltrating and dominating our political system. In other words, the opposite scenario. Are we truly a capitalist nation? No, not since corporatism came on the scene and began dismantling capitalism (the origins of which stem back centuries). Are we a socialist nation? In some respects, arguably we are. Though the push to usher in more immigration and to ignore our borders is distinctly non-nationalistic in nature. Are we ruled by major corporate interests? To an extent, yes. And yet they have no loyalty to America and will abandon us when it proves most profitable to do so.

Is Israel nationalistic? Very much so. Is Israel socialistic?

Is this truly a battle between capitalism and communism playing out on the world stage? Not so much anymore. Dr. Erich Fromm wrote in one of his books about how capitalism and communism exist on the same continuum, whereas communism is what capitalist nations eventually have to look forward to. Not sure if he’s right about that, but it’s an interesting proposition.

I have no answers here. Only countless questions. I won’t guess at what the future holds since unforeseen variables can flip the script. But I do see us being forced to kowtow to narratives that aren’t serving us at present, and it seems a shame that we allow ourselves to be limited in these ways. It’s neither a position belonging on the political Left or Right to acknowledge these facts either. I just know that human life is messy and we should be cautious about accepting the claim that an entire people were monsters with no justification whatsoever for their actions, especially when they’ve otherwise generally proven to be high-minded, creative and well-educated. Such claims do not compute. There’s more to the story than we’re hearing. Question all narratives.

The Political Left has won the culture war

Haven’t listened to anything from Stardusk/Thinking-Ape in a long time, but come to find out his newer material very much jibes with my own thoughts at this time.

He’s right. World War II was a serious game-changer, for various reasons. Not least of which was that it promoted widespread sympathy toward Jews in particular since the Holocaust centered around them categorically being blamed for the ills of German society, leading then to a plan for their extermination. This is what our history books tell us repeatedly, however factual all of the related claims may be. It’s that historical focus that has been spread down, generation to generation, to all of us alive today, drilling into our minds how horrific of an event it was and how we must NEVER (under ANY circumstances) allow an atrocity of that nature to occur again (most especially against Jewish people). I got the message full-on and took it very seriously while growing up, as have most others. Seems like the most humane position to take.

What that message left out were the atrocities committed by communists in the Soviet Union and China. Instead of us being taught more broadly about totalitarianism we were specifically indoctrinated with information about Nazi Germany (at the comparative exclusion of all else). Was that an accident? Doesn’t appear to be now, does it? Considering school curriculum still hasn’t been updated to address this imbalance many decades later.

Why? Well, it appears the U.S. government had some sort of affinity with the Soviet Union all along, even after we publicly ceased being known as allies and entered the Cold War. So much that we are taught is slanted, intentionally distorted — lies by omission. How do you prove such a claim? I don’t know, but the evidence seems clear enough right about now in viewing what’s been unfolding across time.

Yes, the Political Left has been making incremental changes over many decades, leading them to possess the power they wield today. And yes, any attempt to lawfully shift the political tides would also take a concerted effort spanning decades. The problem is there isn’t time left for such a gradual game change. This country has already been compromised and now, partly thanks to the rise of Big Tech and the stronghold of globalizing powers, this process is guaranteed to speed up. Meaning that the Left will make more rapid moves and greater changes in the years to come, further transforming this country and culture beyond recognition. How do you stop a runaway train?

The old way lost, and if I’m honest with myself I can admit that this really began at the time of the Civil War. That defeat was the beginning of the end. Half a nation of people were successfully fought and disallowed from seceding. Tyranny forced compliance, and the South laid down and accepted those conditions in the end, and has been harshly treated by the history books ever since. So much so that people have allowed themselves to be convinced that it was a war fought over slavery, dismissing all talk of states’ rights as if that’s some sort of humorous deflection from facts and reason. That’s where it all began in this country, truly, because that’s when a part of Americans’ spirit died. The dissidents of that era were taught that resistance is futile, and they—despite their big talk ever since—did not stand by the words of the forefathers they claim to love so much and DEMAND either liberty or death. No, instead they laid down their guns and chose to live. And this is what they’ve lived for, this nation as it stands today is what they passed on to successive generations. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.

Decades later, Americans were united under the guise of protecting our freedom by engaging in World War I & II. Do you know what really undermined us after the Second World War? Our compassion. Noble as it is, that proved to be Americans’ undoing. Compassion toward Jews and the story of the Holocaust wound up being our shackles on down the line. I do not say this as someone who has a particular problem with Jewish people (as already explained before elsewhere on this blog) — just that I can see how that narrative weakened us in terms of convincing us that violence on that scale was wrong in all cases for Americans (at least on American soil). Nevermind the killing of others we commit in wars abroad since — that somehow proves less relevant, despite many in the Middle East considering this a Holocaust of sorts being brought against them (and quite effectively, I might add). I’m not much of a defender of Muslims and am known to be very critical of their religion, speaking out regularly against their immigration to Western nations, yet still I can see this plainly.

Our shackling to Israel has been out of a deep sense of guilt (for whatever reason) and alliance through compassion (as well as Christians being convinced by their televangelist preachers that the Jewish people must all return to that region of the world if ever Jesus is to return to the earth — crazily enough). But even now when many can see that Israel is undeserving of so much military aid, we the people can’t seem to stop it. Politics have gotten outside of our control.

Compassion undermined us. Why? Well, for one, it dulled our collective imagination and kept us from seriously reckoning with the idea that some groups within our society mean to do this nation harm and ought to either be locked up or expelled. And because we’ve been heavily steeped in propaganda about that war, along with being strongly influenced by Jewish thought through the media and Hollywood productions, we’ve come to embrace the notion of multiculturalism, not yet knowing that that would prove to be our unraveling. (Or at least it rendered us unwilling to stand up for one culture above others, setting the stage for events to come.)

Some of this appears to be due to trends not specific to or arising from American culture in the last century, such as postmodern thought imported from France. So perhaps this trend is more universal, less localized, as it now seems to be unraveling European nations as well. Has this been intentionally orchestrated? Hard to argue that it hasn’t been. Perhaps just a result of a preponderance of chicanery where opportunists seized at every point along the way what influence and power they could.

Stardusk mentioned how this likely can’t be reversed quickly, short of some sort of war breaking out perhaps, and then there’d be the risk of the pendulum swinging in the opposite direction. Which to me means something akin to what arose out of Wiemar Germany. (Though, who would we fight today and how? Declare war on all who consider themselves left of center? Besides, most are far too docile to seriously consider taking matters into our own hands if it involves violence. Except maybe thugs/Antifa.) We hear people today so readily dismiss one another as “fascists” for any little deviation, anything they can label and denounce as wrongthink. That’s priming people to accept that resistance is futile, knowing you’ll be mischaracterized and roundly attacked by their fanatical army (while most of the brethren on your own side sit out the battle, preferring not to have their good names wrecked by weighing in the fray). So those willing to step into the ring and fight at this point can’t help but be outliers, and they will all find themselves harshly labeled as belonging to the “alt-right” and accused of being “nazis” and “full of hate.” Others will distance themselves from these people as a result. We might speak about them online and attempt to defend them with our words, and, as we already see underway, we will be punished accordingly (some even going so far as losing their jobs — more and more this keeps happening).

Makes a person really stop and question their morality and where they learned it from. I often have to ask myself if my beliefs are born out of a slave morality, because it seems that way when it renders me incapable of even launching an effective defense. That calls into question the role of Christianity (or at least how it’s commonly interpreted) at this point in history, though I will leave that topic for another time.

What do we owe to one another at this point? How do you contend with people who don’t give a damn about the principles you’re struggling to uphold? And what do you do if those same principles are tethering your hands and disallowing you from going toe to toe with those hell-bent on supporting tyranny? I don’t know, but I ask myself this regularly enough nowadays.

There doesn’t appear to be a future worth salvaging in this dilemma. If we opt to try to live in peace, then we’ve agreed to comply — we’ve chosen complicity. It’s anyone’s guess what this nation will be like in 30 years at the rate it’s currently going. Does their “vision for the future” truly look to you like a healthy place to raise kids? Does it appear to be the kind of society you’d like to live to old age within? Serious questions for serious times.

Some might read this and think I’m just upset about the Kavanaugh confirmation or some other current event, but no. I don’t care much about that matter aside from taking issue with how ruthless the politics at play are showing themselves to be. Have no stake in him as a person and don’t particularly care about his career either way, though it is rough watching a man get dragged through the mud if he is innocent, all because of unprovable accusations brought to light at the perfect time to do maximum damage. Just sayin’. I’m tired of seeing this gender war devolve into woman screaming that they deserve to be believed no matter what, evidence be damned. This idea that people can ruin our lives with their words and we’re left with no recourse. All because of politics unchained. Been coming to this for a looong time, and now it’s threatening to upend so much that’s fundamental in our society, including a right to due process and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. But, if we’re honest to ourselves, we’ve been here before during the Jim Crow era when an accusation was all that was needed to determine a man’s fate. So perhaps this nation’s foundational principles haven’t been shit for over a century already. Perhaps we’ve been fooling ourselves to imagine otherwise.

So then I get to wondering what it is we’re supposed to be fighting for here? A revival of America? How is that even possible? We’re far too divided and have been for so long. Probably irreparably so by now. We like to think Leftist were supposed to be the compassionate ones, the “bleeding hearts” among us, and yet look at what’s been happening all around. Do you see compassion there? Yet so-called conservatives keep pandering to them, as if that’s the way this game must be played.

You know what I think? I think this is a bit of an indictment of capitalism, at least in this most-modern era, because it allowed people to branch off in pursuit of our own individual goals and dreams, relinquishing loyalty to our communities in the process. Chasing money has corrupted us to where we now stand divided. We don’t know one another barely anymore and have little reason to trust one another. We don’t share a common faith any longer. Our values are selected at will. Many don’t even vote, especially not locally, thereby dropping the reins even on what little political power they may have possessed. All because we were busy celebrating our individuality and trying to get ahead in the economy. Well, now we’re up against a united front of ideologues who are possessed by a drive toward power. What can be done about that? Certainly not an issue to be rectified by voting this late in the game.

So then what? Shall we drown our sorrows in nihilistic hedonism and await a societal collapse, as some are fond of talking about these days? Should we risk speaking out and having our livelihoods destroyed while others go about their regularly scheduled routines and ignore us? Should we call upon a higher power to direct us, even if that means undertaking unpopular action on our own? That’ll get you locked up for even trying to talk about it. Shall we just continue watching this crazy saga unfold like we always have, chomping neurotically at the bit like we usually do? Shall we try to brainwash ourselves with positive thinking in an effort to find peace within this storm?

I don’t know the way forward from here on out. Mostly I’m plagued with a bunch of questions. A gradual shift in another direction won’t be coming though, that much I’m willing to bank on. And I’m not sure how tolerant we can expect to remain while our rights are stripped from us.

It’s a hell of a conundrum we find ourselves in nowadays. But, as always remains true: nobody promised us a rose garden. C’est la vie.

PHILOSOPHIZE THIS! on Kierkegaard

“Episode #078 Kierkegaard on Religion”:

“Episode #079 Kierkegaard on Anxiety”:

Interesting videos worth sharing.

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”  — Soren Kierkegaard

Too many choices can indeed prove paralyzing…

“American Psychosis (written by Chris Hedges)”

Devchelle2 read a portion of Chris Hedges’ book Empire of Illusions: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle that I just have to store here and share elsewhere with others:

I’ve been a big fan of Chris Hedges’ work for several years now and own (and have completely read) the book mentioned above, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (can’t recommend that one highly enough), I Don’t Believe in Atheists, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (very important read), and Losing Moses on the Freeway. I also have his book Collateral Damage in my collection but haven’t completed it thus far. VERY good author whose experience as a war correspondent provides such amazing insight, not to mention the clarity he brings to making sense of America’s social and political predicament.

And the man who made that video above deserves recognition for his awesomeness in helping get the word out. Very inspiring.

“In the age of Snowden, humanity is now redefined. We are not citizens, we are subjects to be monitored. We are not humans beings, we are resources…”

CHistrue’s video “Remaining Human in the Age of Snowden Part I”:

“Remaining Human in the Age of Snowden Part 2”:

“Remaining Human in the Age of Snowden Part 3”:

“Cover-ups in Modern History”:

Love this man’s channel. CHistrue is also on Google+. (Looks like his videos currently have embedding disabled, so click on the links to watch them on YT.)