Fascism is more subtle than we tend to think of it. In its weakened and initial stages, it is more anti- intellectual than anything else, which gives it a wide range to wander the institutional and philosophical, cultural, social, and political milieu. Change is certainly its goal, but what kind of change?
Heres some examples of daily activities or issues most common people have to deal with and fascism plays the scene.
Recent book restrictions, the freedom to read, publish and display.
Education is one of the playgrounds for fascist level, pretty much at the same level as literary and videography censorship, many fascist leaning people always have something to say about what to teach the children. Unfortunately, a society where two people in a family have to work must have little time to complain, much less to deal with the education of their kids. Public education was fine with segregation but when segregation ended neo liberals i.e. The suburban middle class of the time went to work to establish a new segregated school philosophy based on the division of so-called college bound preference students and those destined to be unfilled and unfiulfilled in working class or blue-collar jobs.
Lastly, fascism earmarks a type of religious violence as tools of submission, not only in our daily life but in the nation's adherence to violence as a mechanism for control.
All these issues are the mainstay of a fascist leaning philosophy that for the most part is the result of social conditioning through ad hoc systemic institutions, like having two-tiered justice systems, two-tiered class structure, despite the fact that when a person says two tiered there might be a tendency to think there is some form of red line upon which neither tier can or cannot cross. No, that is the reason for a complex, nation state set of rules, laws, regulations that in some instances give justice to each tier equally, especially upon public demand, but for the most part, injustice, inequality, inhumanity is an institutionalized framework designed to give the semblance of order.
Thats our constitution, folks.
I taught government in high school and i can tell you as close to the truth as i can get that the constitution is all about structure and defense of a wealthy, landowning class and the intellectuals and neo-liberals of the day had to fight to get the bill of rights in there as well but, of course, the bills of rights are as close as these men could come to the ten commandments but like the ten commandments, the Rights did not, nor do they apply to everyone and from there, that's all we, the common people, have been trying to get.
The fascist try and keep the situation stagnant by purposefully denying society changes at all, whether by political forces or just natural, social relationships evolving along with technological and scientific learning and laws, basically an intellectual type of involvement, or evolution.
Im sorry to say but being an intellectual is actually frowned upon in the neo-liberal controlled left movements of the modern world. Issues are merely discussed or referred to in a personalized, ideological framework, harking backward to the day when individualism reigned supreme. In america, cultural equality runs rampant, but it also was the same in 1920 and 1930s western society before the rise of different fascist politics that rose out of what they deemed "anarchist and evil" social influences.
Watching the world cup im amazed of the rise of arab nation states and their modern and in some cases, fantastic, other wordly city scapes, architecture. Im also reminded that Dick Cheney and others of the bush era bought condos, property in doha and other such places, and if there is a leftist/ or neo- liberal anywhere who believes that if and when the shit hits the fan that freedom among the western world underbelly is going to be safe, please let them step forward and tell us their plan for a new, righteous world order.
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