Sunday, August 04, 2019

white supremacist, xenophobic nationalism and fascism

Now Dayton, Ohio: it makes one think these mass shootings are somehow planned, but I am not sure (sans compelling evidence) they are coordinated, perhaps arising out of acts of conspiracy, except, as it were, social psychologically (one act, inspiring another, and so forth), but it is clearly white supremacist, xenophobic nationalism (a variety of fascism) that is ideologically behind the wheel. And it is indeed, homegrown terrorism. Let’s be emphatic about this, the President of the U.S. is at least indirectly—thus not legally but morally because politically—culpable owing to his xenophobic and racist rhetoric at campaign speeches, in interviews, and on Twitter. He is using the “bully pulpit” (in part and by implication, in Theodore Roosevelt’s sense to ‘exhort, instruct, or inspire,’ but the adjective no longer means ‘excellent’ or ‘first-rate’ but rather is in the degrading and ugly spirit of its contemporary meaning as both a noun and verb), to inspire these mentally fragile if not sick individuals to act out their violent (‘primary process’ in the Freudian sense) phantasies that are intimately connected to their (‘secondary process’) political beliefs and desires. It is no exaggeration to say that these are conspicuous symptoms of our current variation on the theme of the “pathology of normalcy.”


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