If you don’t want to hear any more about it from me, there’s always science fiction author John C. Wright.
One thing Wright doesn’t emphasize (because he’s talking about theory, not practice) is the sense of belonging that gives both Fascism and Communism their appeal. Marx wrote so convincingly about “alienation” because he was an omega male loser, writing to other omegas (it’s no accident that a communist lady once observed that “the leaves die wherever we go“). Having the correct opinion about politics is literally the only thing these people have going for them, and they’d rather die than give it up (many of them did).
The same is true of National Socialism. We’ve been so over-exposed to Hitler that it’s almost impossible to get a sense of this now, but try watching a special on the Third Reich with the sound off and your eyes half closed. Turn off, if you can, the part of your brain that says “ah yes, this is the 1935 Party Rally” and just look at the images on the screen. Doesn’t Nazism seem… cool? Exciting? Thrilling? The boots, the drums, the flags, the torches… it’s a high school pep rally on speed and X and mescaline. The doctrines have nothing to do with it. You respond primally. Which is why, if you’ll recall, leather-jacketed shop kids and study-hall Sartres alike scored pep rallies and all that rah rah bullshit… but they went all the same. You know, just to make fun of all the squares who like it.
This is why no leftist can never be argued out his leftism. Because Marx’s theories a) purport to be scientific, and b) are obviously crack-brained gibberish, conservatives have been “debating” leftists to no avail since the middle of the 19th century. Leftoids are impervious to facts and reason, because facts and reason never had the first thing to do with anything.
And that’s why I think something like fascism is inevitable here. Wright may or may not think so (I’d guess not), but he’s dead on the money with this:
Conservatism (ironically, considering the firm, clear, and abstract ideals of the movement) prides itself on practicality and the lack of an abstract ideology; since National Socialism likewise sought a pragmatic method of putting the Marxist program of heaven on earth into practice, both are distinct from the airy and ethereal intellectual carbon monoxide fumes which pass for ideals in the brains of the Left.
The veneer of practicality + the primal appeal of flags and badges and uniforms = widespread electoral appeal. The only thing needed to complete the coup is culturally sanctioned hate, and oh boy have Our Betters, the liberals, prepared us beautifully for that. I’ll quote Henry Hazlitt again:
The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others.
Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weaknesses, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects — his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity. Never believe in the honesty or disinterestedness of anyone who disagrees with you.
This basic hatred is the heart of Marxism. This is its animating force. You can throw away the dialectical materialism, the Hegelian framework, the technical jargon, the ‘scientific’ analysis, and millions of pretentious words, and you still have the core: the implacable hatred and envy that are the raison d’être for all the rest.
Our Betters, as we well know, are functional illiterates who have never read their movement’s scriptures, but they’re past masters at aping Marx’s fundamental attitudes:
Ask a leftist what she’s for, and you’ll get a list of gassy bromides about “equality” and “justice.”
Ask her how that’s to be achieved, though, and the first words out of her mouth will be “first we have to stop / end / eliminate _____,” where the blank can be filled in with whatever you like.
Ask her how we’re to achieve that, and it will always boil down to people like her depriving people like you of something you have — guns, votes, money, speech, whatever.
Ask her, then, what happens when only the elect have guns, money, votes, and speech, and….. no answer.
And no answer.
And no answer, because there is no answer. Like Marx, like Lenin, like Hitler, she has no idea what the socialist utopia could possibly look like. Not because she lacks imagination, but because utopia never had anything to do with it. The entire leftist project, from start to finish, is about nothing more than culturally-sanctioned hate. I hate you because you have more, but as I am a Good Person, I don’t hate — only right wingers do that! I only want to take away your money, your guns, your vote, your speech, your life for the greater good. That it will satisfy me on a deep personal level to see you suffer is just a coincidence, I’m sure.
The American left’s biggest mistake of these last few decades is to assume that history’s arrow flies only in one direction. What’s done can never be undone; there is only “progress;” the clock can never be turned back. We will always have the leisure security and money money money to burn on “animal rights” and “gay marriage” and “pacifism.” The only thing preventing free health care and Skittle-shitting unicorns for all is meanness.
What they don’t see is that they’ve sawed the branch out from under them with this nonsense. They don’t see — probably can’t see — that in pushing all of this on us, they’ve alienated a very substantial fraction of the population. They have openly declared themselves the enemies of straight white Christian males, not realizing that in doing so, they’ve given their enemies all the tools needed to organize against them. As they of all people should know, he who controls the discourse controls the country. Flip “hate” to “pragmatism,” and you’ll have fascism here in fairly short order.
Obamacare is a prime example. Leftwingers may be idiots, but they’re not stupid. They knew — and they now admit — that there will be death panels. But trapped as they are in their illusion of “progress,” they really seem to believe that these will be administered on a case-by-case basis. And not, say, disproportionally directed at a disfavored group. Because that would be “hate,” right?
Except when it’s pragmatism. What happens when the money starts running out and the electorate starts noticing that a certain demographic practices a lifestyle that almost guarantees a long, very expensive demise? And that this lifestyle by definition isn’t adding anymore
suckers productive citizens to the tax base?
You know, hypothetically.
In short: A movement that openly, unabashedly promises to administer the all-encompassing nanny state for the benefit of [take your pick] whites / Christians / straights / the native-born but calls it pragmatism could clean up at the polls in a lot of jurisdictions right now. Throw in a well-orchestrated social movement – a Red Guards, a Bund Deutscher Madel — and you’ve got American Fasicsm, in practice if not name.
And the left made it happen.