It’s been quite awhile since one of Balladeer’s Blog’s “Liberals and Conservatives and …” items, largely because of how increasingly outdated and irrelevant the labels Liberal and Conservative have become in recent years.
Regular readers know that I get attacked by both left-wingers and right-wingers since I refuse to play along with their silly “shirts versus skins” thinking which dictates you MUST declare yourself part of either the left or the right even though we can all see what a monumental mess that divisive thinking has resulted in.
More and more of us adults have accepted that a combination of supposedly “left-wing” and supposedly “right-wing” approaches to life is far more constructive than the shrill, “strictly one or the other” partisanship practiced in the past.
The people who still pretend to be “Liberals” though their worldview has NOTHING to do with liberty and EVERYTHING to do with imposing taboos have run rings around the people who still pretend to be “Conservatives.” One of the false notions pushed by the left-wing Archie Bunkers of the 1960s generation is that fascism is purely a product of right-wing fanaticism when it is really a product of fanaticism from either end of the political spectrum.
Even the meaning of the word fascism comes from fasces, the ancient symbol involving a bundle of rods or sticks with an axe-head protruding from them. From there the axe-head was largely dropped and fascii (plural) from then on referred to the bundle of rods or sticks.
The sticks gave way to arrows in some imagery, like the infamous “Yoke and the Arrows” of the Falangists in the Spanish Civil War. The overall message of the clump or bundle of sticks remained the same as it had been for centuries: one stick (or for more dramatic impact, one arrow) could be easily broken. Together in a bundle the multiple sticks could NOT be easily broken.
This has always been the grotesque appeal and the message of fascism no matter which side of the political spectrum practices its ugliness: one lone, otherwise insignificant person can be easily broken, but TOGETHER, many otherwise insignificant people cannot be easily broken. That description applies to fascist groups all the way up through the present-day gang which is ironically called Antifa (the biggest fascists of the moment).
Personally, I’m in favor of ditching the old term fascist since the left has tried presenting it as a purely right-wing phenomemon just because some of the most famous examples have been from the political right. But that’s only because the forever intellectually dishonest left frantically tries to obscure the similarities with noted left-wing movements.
I prefer the use of the term Myrmidons, or basically ant-people to describe such faceless, destructive and totalitarian fanatics working in unison. One lone ant can be easily stopped but many ants together can overcome and kill much larger organisms.
And you have to admit, insect imagery is certainly appropriate for describing members of the Nazi Party and/or Antifa, which is really KLAN-tifa. Many mouths with a single mind.
Plus it’s been Democrats (and I’m ashamed to admit I used to belong to that Party before I became an Independent Voter), yes, Democrats, who have been making noises that people who vote differently than they do deserve violence, expulsion from the work place and, to quote their own media and political representatives “deserve to be confronted and destroyed.” Certainly sounds like fascism to me, self-infatuated Democrats.
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