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Mike Krieger Nails It (Again)
« on: August 18, 2017, 01:38:08 PM »
This is Mike Krieger pointing out the obvious truth about the whole Neo-Nazi phenomenon, and how it's a red herring. This should be a must-read for those who want to rally around the social justice warriors of the Antifa movement.

Nazi Fears and ĎHate Speechí Hysteria are Being Amplified to Attack Civil Liberties

Michael Krieger | Posted Thursday Aug 17, 2017 at 12:35 pm

It doesnít take courage to denounce Nazism. Moreover, it appears many of the people incessantly proclaiming how anti-Nazi they are, happen to be the same folks who have the most to answer for when it comes to all sorts of transgressions against the world over the past couple of decades. That said, Iíll give my my quick two cents on the Nazi, white supremacist hysteria currently being amplified by the corporate media.

The general proclivity to obsess about how oneís group, whether it be a nation, political tribe, or race/religion is superior to all others represents such an immature and unconscious way of seeing the world, itís really hard for me to believe so many people still see reality through such a lens. This type of thinking tends to attract very insecure people. People who cannot look at themselves individually and be proud of the person they see. As such, they scurry around looking for a group with an established superiority myth which they can then latch themselves onto in order to feel better about themselves.

The good news when it comes to Nazism/white supremacy, at least here in the U.S., is that most people appear to be at least conscious enough not to fall for the most basic and primal type of tribalism ó i.e., finding a race-based superiority cult attractive. In contrast, the more nuanced superiority cults, such as those based on mindless nationalism or political identity, are far more entrenched here at home, and present a much greater danger to our future.

Before some of you lose it, I wrote ďmindlessĒ nationalism for a reason. I think itís completely normal and healthy for everyone to love and appreciate their own national/regional culture, this is not what Iím referring to. Iím talking about the hordes of mindless automatons who simply fly the American flag and constantly profess their super-sized patriotism, while being completely unaware of the multitude of evil and anti-American actions being done both at home and abroad in their names. It doesnít seem to matter to these types that their government is acting in total opposition to the Constitution they ostensibly claim to uphold. These people might be less shallow than a self-professed Nazi, but they are far more dangerous to decent, ethical Americans at home, and billions of innocent people abroad. Political party tribalists represent a similar threat, as Iíve discussed on many occasions.

To summarize, Nazism has become almost as discredited as slavery within the minds of most humans. Meaning, itís such a patently grotesque, childish and unconscious ideology, it can and will only attract very small pockets of people. In fact, given the rampant corruption, wealth inequality and societal decay weíre experiencing in these United States, Iím somewhat encouraged that the movement is as small and insignificant as it is. Of course, I could be wrong about all of this (weíll have to see how things unfold if the empire collapses chaotically), but thatís how I see it at the moment. Should that ever change, of course I will fight Nazism, or anything similar with all my energy. In contrast, I think other forms of mindless tribalism, political and nationalistic, are far more likely to cause major disasters in the years ahead.

If Iím right about what I wrote above, why is the corporate media acting so hysterically in response to this small collection of hateful misfits? Let me share a few tweets I wrote yesterday to start the conversations.

Michael Krieger @LibertyBlitz
The same people who couldn't stop talking about Russia 24/7 are the ones now yelling about Nazis non-stop.
4:18 PM - Aug 16, 2017
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You can probably tell where Iím going with this. Namely, a lot of really terrible people are trying to reinvent themselves by hyping up the Nazi threat. Iíve discussed this dangerous phenomenon in recent posts, but itís important enough to keep hammering home. The examples are pretty much everywhere you look. Hereís a particularly shameless example I came across earlier today:

Sarahís not exaggerating. Hereís the exact quote Madeline Albright made on 60 Minutes:

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, thatís more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the priceówe think the price is worth it.

ó60 Minutes (5/12/96)

Lesson number one. Donít let terrible people get away with moral preening about some relatively insignificant Nazi threat when these are the very same people who have run this country and much of the world into the toilet bowl. Lesson number two. Donít allow authoritarians to manipulate your emotions about white supremacy (or any other threat for that matter) as an excuse to take away cherished civil liberties. These types have been selling us on giving away our rights since 9/11, and they continue to use any threat they can to take away those that remain. Free speech is the holy grail for tyrants, and anyone who suggests we give up speech to protect ourselves presents a threat to us all. I came across two examples of this today in the normal course of my reading.

First, an attorney who works for UCLA named K-Sue Park, wrote an op-ed published in The New York Times titled, The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech. Itís one of the most incoherent, authoritarian pieces Iíve read in a while and, although a painful read, you should definitely check it out. It doesnít take much logic to recognize that her call for the government to decide which speech is acceptable and which is not, is actually far more dangerous to society than a few hundred Nazis getting together in Virginia, irrespective of the terrible loss of life.

Another example of this authoritarian impulse was penned by Leonid Bershidsky in his Bloomberg article, Facebook and Twitter Are Too Big to Allow Fake Users. To be fair, this article was written before the Charlottesville attack, so I would not characterize him as using the attack to push this narrative, but itís a wildly dangerous view nonetheless. He writes:

Social networks should be obliged to ban anonymous accounts. If they refuse to do so voluntarily, government regulators should force the issue.

This is a completely unhinged response to the problems of ďtrolling, fake news and cyberbullying,Ē which he identifies. Itís the equivalent of taking a nuclear bomb to a knife fight. As someone who spends a great deal of time on Twitter, I can tell you that some of the most insightful and humorous accounts I follow are anonymous. This makes total sense because most people have jobs, and people with jobs can be easily fired or ostracized. Not because theyíre writing pro-Nazi tweets, but because everything is essentially political these days, and if your boss happens to be a member of a different political tribe, it could affect your career. Did we already forget what happened to James Damore?

If social media companies suddenly banned anonymous accounts, the entire internet and discourse on it would instantly become 90% less interesting, creative and dynamic. Much of the promise of the web would be crippled by such a policy, and humanity would be far worse off for it.

Such a policy would crush political speech online, and limit it largely to those who create political content professionally. I could see why people in power would want to do this, but I canít grasp how anyone else could be so naive to support such a agenda.

As Patrick Chovanec (who lived and worked in China), so insightfully tweeted:

Patrick Chovanec @prchovanec
I think internet anonymity has big downsides. But forcing "real name registration" is something China's government does to suppress dissent. Ö
10:51 AM - Aug 17, 2017
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Ultimately, we need to recognize that fear is our biggest enemy. The corporate media tries to keep us in a constant state of fear, because itís in a state of fear where we are most vulnerable and hence easily manipulated. Donít succumb to fear. Stand strong, be courageous and donít every give up liberties because some pundit tells you itís what you need to do to fight whatever enemy they happen to be hyping at the moment.
What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.


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