Eric Margolis has a good piece on LewRockwell.com, The Big Lie About 'Islamic Fascism'
"The latest big lie unveiled by Washington’s neoconservatives are the poisonous terms, "Islamo-Fascists" and "Islamic Fascists." They are the new, hot buzzwords among America’s far right and Christian fundamentalists.(...)The term "Islamofascist" is utterly without meaning, but packed with emotional explosives. It is a propaganda creation worthy Dr. Goebbels, and the latest expression of the big lie technique being used by neocons in Washington’s propaganda war against its enemies in the Muslim World.(...)There is nothing in any part of the Muslim World that resembles the corporate fascist states of western history. In fact, clan and tribal-based traditional Islamic society, with its fragmented power structures, local loyalties, and consensus decision-making, is about as far as possible from western industrial state fascism.
The Muslim World is replete with brutal dictatorships, feudal monarchies, and corrupt military-run states, but none of these regimes, however deplorable, fits the standard definition of fascism. Most, in fact, are America’s allies."
For a couple of years I've been frequenting a
discussion group called Glock Talk
because of my interest in weapons and shooting. It's one of the premier sites on the net for firearm discussion and they have tons of forums. When Katrina hit last year I wandered over to their political group and quickly got into some interesting debates with bunches of other members.
It was a real eye opener to waltz into what can only be termed a hotbed of total fucking morons
. I don't watch Faux© News and normally avoid "conservative" websites, sticking to reality based information sources so to come face to face with resolute, truculent in-your-face stupidity was a real revelation. I'm glad to trade words with the troglodytes that frequent the place; it's easy enough to smack the morons around, even if they're too dumb to realize it. You can say with certainty that a popular gun related web forum is going to attract what would be commonly called rightwing or conservative mindsets. What's most interesting is the insight it's given me into the character of what I guess is the modern american fascist.
Fascists are boringly, tediously monotonous. They never vary from classic description - the country does not serve the citizen; the citizen serves the country, corporation = government, precious god-like leader, ultra militaristic etc. So in this sense Margolis in his above essay is absolutely right when he dismantles the idea of an Islamic fascism. I'm trying to grasp this new american brand and thanks to the loquacious yahoos at Glocktalk I've come up with some thoughts.
1. They will always pretend to be other than what they are. It absolutely doesn't matter that this new breed mentality goes completely against the dictionary definition of conservatism, they are Conservative Republicans And Don't You Forget It, Bub.
1.a A corollary to the above is that they are completely divorced from reality. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will convince them of anything contrary to pre set beliefs.
2. Strangely held in the same padded room in their skulls as 1.a is a child-like, almost reverent attention to, and belief, of anything a "person of authority" tells them. Bush is
God. And if they don't see it on Faux©, it didn't happen.
3. Judging by what I've experienced, there's a tendency for our american fascists to revel in dog pack behavior. This bodes ill for when the SHTF, because when things get rough they'll resort to mob behavior. On an individual basis they may actually be decent types, get them together and they'll prey on any perceived weaknesses.
4. The Other
is always after them. They have to
have a dire enemy to fight. The world is divided into two distinct camps - one that is true, good, righteous and full of warm puppies, and the Other.
This amorphous, shapeshifting enemy has only one characteristic. It comprises of everything they hate.
5. Which gets me to the most interesting facet of their makeup - freudian projection. Of course this isn't new, but the fascists have taken it to unbelievale new heights. Projection:
*"A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits."*"Projection is the opposite defence mechanism to identification. We project our own unpleasant feelings onto someone else and blame them for having thoughts that we really have."
I don't know who coined the term Islamofascism, but Faux© repeats it endlessly and our nascent brownshirts are fond of slinging it around as if they know something. And maybe they do.
By the way, I don't own a glock.Kurt Nimmo
has more on the stupid term.