- Dec 9, 2009
What would George Orwell think of these fascists and anti semites?It is no secret that democracy is capable of tyranny. So how are we getting on with our 'governance by the people, for the people, of the people'?
Personally, I fear we have got quite fascist. Here's how. I've organised my thoughts under some headings put forward by George Orwell relating to the characteristic markings of fascism.
1. Curtailment of individual and minority liberties.
So much of the discourse in our mainstream media and sites like this is about curtailing the liberties of those on the dole, of the public sector, and anyone else but themselves. In addition, there is a significant anti-immigrant sentiment and the whole 'foreigners taking our jobs' thing. The rights of those individuals who make up any of these groups, and in particular, anyone outside one's own group are barely considered. The whole anti-fascist sentiment of 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you' is very very much in decline, unfortunately.
2. Abolition of private values and substitution of State life and public values (patriotism).
First, let me say that it is clear that the values currently in the ascendency in state life and public life, stem from market priorities. ie. the consciousness that we need to survive in a market-lead economy (entailing that business and entertainment priorities must dominate) and that business owners must be kept happy (who promote values of materialism and consumerism as well as a conservative respect for the status quo and establishment.). These are the values promulgated, and there is room for little else in public life. Again, this thinking is shouted out in the majority of the pages of our mainstream media and indeed, web sites like this one. Democracy in action.
3. External imposition of discipline
Where does this 'external imposition of discipline' stem from in our democracy? Actually it stems from sub-groups making noise about how other sub-groups must 'take the pain' and suffer (in the deluded hope that they will thus be somewhat spared themselves). So, the private sectors shouts to impose discipline on the public sector, everyone shouts to impose discipline on the un-employed. And so on. Even within the private sector, people shout about the need for discipline, in the belief that they have already suffered and will be spared subsequent impositions if others take more. Again, our mainstream media and websites like this work to promulgate the noise made.
4. Prevalence of mass-values and mass-mentality
Enough said. Baaa.
5. Falsification of intellectual activity under state pressure.
Well, look at the ESRI for starters. Look at the selective statistics and bias they trotted out both during and post the great Irish establishment property scam. But it goes further than the ESRI. It is everywhere - even our universities, who must survive in a market-lead economy and demonstrate values of materialism and consumerism and respect for the status quo in their funding applications for example. Or look at journalism - and the guff they come out with under state and institutional pressure. But the democratic will seems to have little problem about this state of affairs. Why is this? (Personally I think the reason runs along the following lines - http://www.politics.ie/forum/political-reform/180795-whips-new-inquisition.html)
....... Finally - in addition to the points above, what really brings this tendency home to me is the insular and nationalistic strain currently apparent in the attitude we are currently taking to Germany and Europe and other 'outsiders' whom apparently are to blame for all our troubles. Again, you see this thinking all over the mainstream media and p.ie. This can come from nothing but a sentimental self regard for one's own people and nation that has so often been at the root of fascism.
I mean can you imagine if we had loaned a load of our own hard earned savings and pension funds to Germany and Europe; they had ************************************ up their own economies through their own stupidity; and then they turned around and said to us, "actually, we're not paying you back your money because it is your own fault for lending it to us!". We'd go bloody mental! Anyway, the whole thing is taking a turn for the worse. What is wrong with us. Why are we not 'kings and philosophers', capable of ruling ourselves? The BLUDGEONING of the people, by the people, for the people' as Oscar Wilde said.
Don't change your sig;...it's very apt...and a good reminder to all.