by O Society July 30, 2019
Two or three years ago, things just got different. You know what I mean. Trying to make sense of it all (like everybody else I suppose) led me to the realization all of this is but the manifestation of a hungry hankering for a helping of authoritarianism.
That’s right. You’d think people would run like hell from authoritarianism, but no, indeed some folks like it. Turns out, right now there’s an awful lot of folks who like it.
This hankering for a hunk of authoritarianism is what distinguishes a specific sub-species of the human race we are all familiar with from everybody else…
Correct. The Trumpets. As in TrumPets, Pets of Trump. They love this authoritarianism stuff, though you might not hear them call it that. They’re much more likely to use an idiom such as “Spare the rod; spoil the child” which is a bastardization of this Proverb, but don’t tell them that. You see, they’re always right even – and especially when – they are wrong.
It’s the appeal to authority.
It’s true because I read it in the NYTimes this morning is an appeal to authority.
It’s true because I saw it on FoxNews last nite is an appeal to authority.
It’s true because the Pope said so at mass is an appeal to authority.
It’s true because Richard Dawkins wrote it in a book is an appeal to authority.
Problem is “both sides” do it and yet both sides only blame “the other side” for doing it while congratulating themselves for doing it.
The more we rely on the appeal to authority, the deeper our world dives into authoritarianism. We keep digging the hole deeper every time someone says, “My dad can beat up your dad.” But we don’t stop digging the hole, do we? Why?
Some people like authoritarianism. Sounds crazy, but its true. Very true. Especially right now in America. Anytime anyone anywhere says, “Because I said so” this is an appeal to authority.
It’s caveman stuff. Fight-or-flight-or-freeze response. The shit hits the fan, so what do you do? Why you turn to the strongest meanest caveman with the most testosterone and biggest club to protect you. The Daddy figure. The Pope is the Holy Father. Trump is the Troll Daddy.
The key to making authoritarianism work is scaring people. TERROR! Making them angry. If you get folks scared, then they need Troll Daddy to save them. This is where decades of FoxNews, Rush Limbaugh, and InfoWars become setting the white diningroom table for a fascist buffet.
When folks are angry, no worries, Troll Daddy is here to fix it. Daddy will get those social justice warrior tree hugging homo Nazi Communist negro chinamen for you, just wait’n’see!
This is why reasoning with these people doesn’t do any good. They weren’t reasoned into these beliefs in the first place; they were scared into them.
For more on this special breed of person, check out the Conservative Moral Hierarchy series and really butthurt some feelings.
It’s not like anyone is stoopid enough to believe TV preachers are real, right?
About this time, I read Eco’s 14 Points of Fascism. Two or three years ago. But you know how it is. We called Dubya a fascist and Obama a socialist and none of it is really real, is it? It’s just WWF wrasslin’ mudslinging bullshit, right?
This one’s a “Kenyan Muslim” even though he isn’t.
That one runs a Satanic pedophile ring on Mars. No seriously.
It’s become the boy who cried “Wolf!” You call me a “Nazi” and I call you a “Communist” and neither of us has any idea what a real fascist or socialist actually is, which is completely irrelevant, just because this is how the game is played. It’s fun and entertaining… or something.
Even Uncle George says these words were “degraded to the level of a swearword” way back in 1944:
Lemme tell ya, our understanding hasn’t gotten any clearer since Uncle George’s day. So when someone calls Donald Trump a “fascist,” we just sort of nod and whatever, what do you expect? Except what if this time there really is a wolf?
No, I don’t mean Donald Trump is a fascist. Hitler was a sincere, dedicated ideologue. Trump isn’t. He has no known ideology, other than ‘me.’ Without an ideology, Trump can’t be a fascist, because fascism is an ideology. Narcissism isn’t, not even the flaming lookit me narcissism Trump displays.
But this doesn’t mean his Trumpets aren’t fascists, does it? What if they are? Fascists?
I mean real ones. Real fascists. Not just a couple of ’em or some of ’em but rather most or even all of ’em? Don’t kid yourself, it not only can happen here, because it did happen here. Just lookit Madison Square Garden…
So I re-read Eco’s take on fascism to help me figure this out, and it is clear now. See, Eco grew up in Mussolini’s Italy. He observed it happening just as we are observing Trumpets in America now.
It is striking how he calls out syncretism – a little of this and a little of that – which at the end of the day cannot be other than internally inconsistent. So when reasonable people – such as you and I – who aren’t part of the Trumpet cult see these glaring inconsistencies in Trump’s rhetoric and focus on them, we miss the point.
It’s inconsistent on purpose. A Trumpet demonstrates his loyalty to the Great Leader precisely because he publicly announces his belief in the inconsistent. WWF Wrassling is to real! This is authoritarianism.
Want me to prove my loyalty? I’ll signal my virtue right here online for everyone to see! I have Trumpet virtue. I’ll take one for the team by stating my obviously ridiculous belief in something stoopid such as “global warming is a Chinese hoax” because Trump told me to. See? Proof. Right here.
People who point out inconsistencies to a Trumpet simply announce “I am not part of the group!” when we do so. Lies are weaponized now, which means not only is one not heckled for publicly stating belief in obvious lies – e.g., vaccines cause autism, the moon landing was faked, the Holocaust did not happen, the Earth is flat, ad nauseam – the group actually rewards such behavior. Of course it’s irrational, so what?
Who wants to be Jerry from New Castle, Pennsylvania when you can be some Aryan mythology dude? Much more fun this way, and it comes with a shield!
When White supremacists LARP their way into murder
We cannot reason these people out of their Trumpet beliefs because they were not reasoned into these beliefs in the first place. Instead, they operate on a visceral gut level. Thinking is bad. What is good is action. To hell with deliberation and consideration, the mob values bombing the shit out of people and locking her up.
See the guy with the red “D” for Dummkopf? He drove the murdermobile in the Charlottesville 500. Now That’s Action!
Try and talk them out of it. No seriously. Try. I have. Blockheads is what they are.
If someone begins to say things like “it boggles the mind” and “cultural Marxism” just to prove how smart they are and how stupid you are, or something… you know you’ve found one of ’em.
We’re talking about people who actually welcome Armageddon, the Apocalypse, the Anti-Christ. Ummm… if wanting to blow up the world doesn’t qualify as crazy – as in you know, thinking killing every living thing on the planet is a good idea – not sure there is a definition of sanity you and I can agree on, my friend.
If you are an individual alone in the world, none of these social things make sense. But just add people and BOOM! instant booger-eating buffoon.
To a Trumpet who wants to identify with a group and who seeks social status, these emotions and the fascist sensory experience which carries them mean everything.
Yes, indeed the Fearless Leader is batshit crazy and everyone knows it. And now we all know how we got here too, because authoritarian-loving fascist American citizens like it this way. Sound familiar?