Left And Right Are Both Fascist
How ultra-lefty-trendy types and drooling howling right-wingers use the same methods to crush decent moderate people
As a sometime student of history I’ve always been fascinated by how tyrannical regimes resemble each other regardless of their supposed political orientation. Hitler, Franco, and Mussolini were all fascists and used secret police and paramilitary thugs to intimidate and then eliminate opponents; they also created camps to which unfortunates could be consigned, never to emerge again. Stalin, Mao, and PolPot were all communists and used secret police and paramilitary thugs to intimidate and then eliminate opponents; they also created camps to which unfortunates could be consigned, never to emerge again.
Likewise, the language used by Nazis was little different from the language used by communists. In both cases, opponents were dehumanized and words were criminalized so as to mute opposition. And while we remember the eleven million killed in the concentration camps constructed by the Nazis, we tend to gloss over the far larger numbers killed by Stalin and Mao. Regardless of our willful amnesia, the fact is that both forms of extremist regime perpetrated horrors and ruined the lives of hundreds of millions of people.
Today we’re seeing the beginnings of a replay, albeit in a flabbier and (so far) less lethal version of twentieth-century events.
On the right, mindless populism means that empty “patriotism” ensures all non-group members are seen as scum to be simultaneously feared and hated. Cretinous weaklings like Trump are propelled into power by the votes of those who think they need to be “saved” by some compulsive liar spouting infantile xenophobic nonsense. For these “patriotic” idiots, safety lies in violence. Billboards on public roads displaying things like Kill All Demo-rats are common in many southern US States, and in Europe far-right bigots mutter about sending people “back where they came from.”
On the left, meanwhile, equally mindless adherents of Political Correctness ensure that everyday speech is increasingly criminalized and careers are wrecked because perhaps decades ago someone wrote or said something that as of this morning at ten fifteen a.m. is now considered a crime worthy of being punished by public stoning. Lefty-trendy obsessives spend their waking hours looking for new ways to claim victimhood, to the point where absolutely anything at all can now be considered hate speech.
All this would be laughable were the effects not so serious. Morons like Trump do untold harm on a global scale. Morons on the left corrode educational institutions to the point where no serious teaching in any subject is without career-ending risk, ensuring young people leave university with at best mere fragments of a real education and are thus unfit for adult life.
While right-wing dullards use the color of a person’s skin as an easy way to determine who’s an enemy to be brutalized, left-wing dullards look for extreme edge-cases over which to work themselves into a righteous fury. It’s amusing, but deeply disturbing, to see that there is no difference whatsoever between a manic Baptist preacher calling fire and brimstone down upon “homosexual fornicators and heathens” and a manic culture warrior screaming about whatever happens to be fashionable for the next ten minutes.
Both types of specimen are appealing to people’s worst instincts in order to advance their own social status.
We can note the irony in the fact that hysterical culture warriors scream about the importance of tolerating whatever fraction of the population they’re currently in favor of promoting while being completely intolerant of any view other than mindless acceptance of their latest PC posturing. We can also note the irony in the fact that “patriotic” dullards always vote for incompetents who end up crippling their nations (in a thoroughly “patriotic” way, of course).
But irony is insufficient compensation for the constant deterioration of civic life. Intolerance breeds intolerance, and we’re already far too far down that one-way street. Unfortunately, there’s very little sign of a course-correction anywhere, so it’s likely that the so-called culture wars will simply become more and more strident and violent. Halfwit politicians everywhere (take a bow, British Conservative Party) see stirring the pot of culture strife as an excellent way to secure the votes of the great mass of bigots and dimwits who reliably support racist nonsense. Everywhere we look, fear and hatred have become the commonplace elements of what today passes for political discourse.
And yes, it is also a final irony that the so-called culture wars are in fact the very last place we’ll find any kind of culture — unless we count the sort grown in a fetid petri dish.