Originally posted by SauberBMW
what can we do???
"Fascism" is inherent to any human society, and will be, as long as fear remains the main motor of human behaviour. After all, it's just a fancy
name for the manifestations of collective (and individual) defence mechanisms.
Those mechanisms aren't "bad" in themselves. They are what they are: a mindset of protection against "outsiders" that might endanger the bodily
or cultural (spiritual) of the community and individuals. And those dangers can be very real, from a predefined perspective.
Which is why the plurality of perspectives typical of our Western (and increasingly global) society, the "multiculturalism" that is being so
actively fostered, with the inevitable cultural friction that comes with it, actually reinforces the underlying fear, thereby reinforcing the defence
mechanisms, therefore... You get the point.
Please note: I am not saying that "multiculturalism" is bad.
(I wouldn't want to live in any other kind of society.)
And it doesn't mean that intolerance, "fascism", has to be tolerated, or even applauded.
It certainly isn't inevitable - but only up to a point.
Because the fact is fear won't be disappearing from the human psyche any time soon; it's possibly THE root cause of every human endeavour.
Applying pressure to remove it ultimately only breeds more fear-based reactions.
Because, let's face it: human societies are reactive
(which, again, stems from fear).
And so, every society, in every era, has its assigned betes noires
, usually based on the immediately preceding collective (historic)
The fact, however, is that these betes noires
can be individuals or groups of people whose opinions simply happen to be (literally) un-popular.
(In fact, they can strike us as pretty disgusting. But the right to speech applies to ALL - or there is no free speech.)
And so, you get combating fascism with - fascism.
(One of its avatars being the well-intended but hideous and often counterproductive "political correctness")
The underlying reason is the same: fear.
(Which in its turn comes from a core existential ignorance, of course.
But that's a long story...)
So is the end result.
Which is why, I suppose, actively helping AGAINST spreading fear, while not "photogenic", is definitely the best viable
Recrimination and demonising of individuals or groups will only get us more of the same.
[edit on 12-9-2008 by Vanitas]