‘There is, of course, no reason why the new totalitarianism should resemble the old. A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors, and school teachers. But their methods are still crude and unscientific. The love of servitude cannot be established except as the result of a deep, personal revolution in human minds and bodies.’
— Aldous Huxley, Foreword to Brave New World, 1946
I echo the first comment from georgemci, this is the latest is a very fine series placing a historic context as well as a contemporary interpretation of perception to a bewildering sequence of events over the past 2 years or so.
This article from 2016 .
Neoliberalism is a species of fascism
By Manuela Cadelli, President of the Magistrates’ Union of Belgium
Was an early bellwether, to me at least, that the response to the Electorate’s non-compliance manifested as Brexit and MAGA required a tightening of the degrees of freedom of expression allowable on Line. The idea that “On-Line” still retains any veracity for effecting real change, 6 years and 3 Internet purges later, is more than absurd, and yet blindness to the absurdities of the new Totalitarian Charge seems to come packaged in the cognitive dissonance of a curious will to believe the abusive state spectacle.
“woke, with its cult of youth, its saccharine sentimentality, its suppression of memory, its embrace of mob rule, its kitsch aesthetics, its regression to cultural conservatism, its adherence to identity politics, its hatred of the working class, its allegiance to the market as the only framework for change, its addiction to surveillance technology, its extolling of reform over revolution, its suppression of intellectual, cultural and political debate, its normalisation of censorship as the default response to disagreement, its culture of no-platforming those who do not share its principles, its ban on books and authors that do not adhere to its ideology, its organised campaigns to socially ostracise and professionally ruin the uncompliant, the violence with which it demands allegiance to its orthodoxies, the adolescent puritanism of its sexual politics, its creation of ideological hegemony through indoctrination programmes such as ‘diversity training’, its hierarchy of obedience established by public demonstrations of virtue, its almost universal adoption by our media, police forces, education and cultural institutions, its enforcement by repressive legislation removing our rights and freedoms on the justification of protecting us from the heterogeneous elements of society, and above all the ease with which it has been employed by national governments, international corporations and the global technocracy they form to increase and expand their political, economic and cultural power — in short, by its facilitation of capitalism’s construction of the totalitarianism of the global biosecurity state — woke is not liberal, and it certainly isn’t socialist: woke is fascist.”
” its extolling of reform over revolution,”
LOVE IS THE ANSWER!
Sunday smiles here in pickled herring land.
Let this be the weekend where the Internet went punk and the Band got back together.
If you are paying attention, you have not been paying attention and if I have made myself clear I have not explained myself properly.