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Friday, July 28, 2006

Science Friday for Kossacks: Mullah Omar = Coulter

Apparently, I'm a fascist and my extermist neo-conservative brethren are one gay-rights ruling away from going all Medieval on the "reality based community." At least, that's what I get from this entry at Kos:

A common characteristic among tribal groups is ethnocentrism, the belief that one's own ethnic group is superior and the standard by which to judge all others. In more extreme cases, ethnocentrism is intertwined with local supernatural mythology and ideology to produce the basis for intolerance. In these groups, the leader[s] is looked upon as someone who is magical, chosen by deities and/or endowed with decision making instincts that transcend tradition or reason. If this sounds familiar, it should; add a few more ingredients, an enemy or enemies with which to rally the members of the group and perhaps a cult-like following of believers impervious to reason, and it begins to resemble fascism.


Two examples of leaders of what some call proto-fascist subgroups within larger populations; Left: Mohammed Omar, reclusive leader of the Taliban. The Taliban is a violent subculture within a much broader, mostly peaceful Islamic population. Right courtesy Crooks and Liars: Ann Coulter is a member of the extremist neoconservative faction which exists within a larger mostly peaceful North American conservative population. Although members of either group would intensely dislike the comparison, components in both the Taliban and the neo-conservative religious right utilize similar propaganda tactics to spread a comparable ideology of authoritarian cultism, religious fundamentalism, violence, and hatred.

The opposing neoconservative faction within the larger Republican caucus views us and everyone else not as an alternative political party or a group holding a different world view. They see us and pretty much everyone as something far more dangerous, we are Them, we are The Enemy. This is the defining characteristic of a special type of tribe or gang: The Hate Group.

Our founding fathers were aware of this phenomena, and they crafted documents like the Constitution to sap these dangerous movements of the social inertia they need to gain a foothold. That might explain why there is a war against the Constitution by the neo-right; they sense either consciously or unconsciously that it prevents their movement from blossoming into full blown authoritarianism.

The phenomena emerged in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union, it cropped up in Rwanda in the mid 90s. It has stalked humanity in both mind and world since before the dawn of civilization. We may have thought we were immune to the influence of hate groups. But one very powerful gang of hate has gained a foothold on our own shores. Yes, the Tribal Hatred has finally come out, again, proud Fascist debutantes, clawing out of our collective Id, tumbling unwelcome out of the GOP closet. This mob is eager to foist their hatred on the rest of us through deception, raw power, thuggery, or the barrel of a gun. We are all at risk; atheist, Jew, homosexual, black and other minorities, media, Muslim, the ACLU, women, etc.

From the standpoint of cultural anthropology, it might be said there is a form of violent tribalism, alternatively called neoconservatism or the religious right, loose in America. So try to keep in mind, when you hear someone from the right parroting talking points that climate change is invalid or that Iraq is going swell, it's not so much an argument made from ignorance that can be corrected with information: it is a tribal chant.

I love how Darksyde gets into the very language and perspective that he assumes the right has of the Left. His discussion of the right frames us as "The Other", "the enemy", etc.

Of course, he has little evidence to support his "reality based" conclusions. I don't recall any mass, Rwandan-style genocide when the SCOTUS made their Hamdan ruling... or any other ruling for that matter. I don't seem to recall Ann pushing for the extermination of the unbelievers and the dissenters here in the US. (For those not familiar with this blog, I've got my issues with Coulter, so don't think I'm one of her cheerleaders.)

And I love the reference to the "tribal chant"... from the epicenter of tribal chants within the Moonbatosphere.

And this paragraph is just great:
Yes, the Tribal Hatred has finally come out, again, proud Fascist debutantes, clawing out of our collective Id, tumbling unwelcome out of the GOP closet. This mob is eager to foist their hatred on the rest of us through deception, raw power, thuggery, or the barrel of a gun. We are all at risk; atheist, Jew, homosexual, black and other minorities, media, Muslim, the ACLU, women, etc.
Yes... That damn GOP and their immense numbers of stormtroopers, armed to the teeth. Just like that Taliban, aren't they? And yes, Coulter and those of us on the right are fascists - except for all the fascist policies to which we object. I suspect that Darksyde knows very little about true fascism - or its offshoot, National Socialism, but I won't mark that down as an incorrect argument that can be resolved through information - rather, I'll just assume it's a tribal chant.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler