The Enemy Of The People

Middle class beware,
The union is out to get you.
There can’t be
A bourgeois society
If the elites don’t need you.

In an authoritarian state,
It’s too hard to differentiate,
Between all the nationalist drones.
You’re either in the in-group,
And since you’re not, you’re out.

Religion can’t save you,
And academics aren’t allowed,
Because syndicates hate media.
Democracy is just too difficult,
Fascism is so much easier.

By: ElRoyPoet © 2020

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Is 1984 Becoming a Reality?—George Orwell’s Warning to the World

Analogy: If your neighbor jake brings his pet rattle snake to your house and turns it loose. You don’t sit down with jake and debate whether or not the snake is poisonous, you don’t discuss politics and ignore it, and hope it doesn’t bite anybody in your family. You must shut down all communications with jake and immediately find a way to cage the snake, so that you can take it out of your house and eradicate it, because you know that it is a deadly threat to your family. That’s how you must respond to the propaganda and incendiary rhetoric coming from a fascist (white supremacist, nazi sympathizer, nationalist bigot). You can’t reform a snake, because it will always come back to bite you!

Commentary: Fascists are opposed to whomever they deem as degenerates (refugees, minorities, addicts, convicts and whomever else, their leader frames as unpatriotic). Fascists do not only seek to hate them, but to dominate them. If fascists believe an out-group serves a purpose, it is permitted but controlled. If fascist believe the out-group serves no purpose, they will try to remove it from the community. Fascist hierarchies reject egalitarianism so completely, that co-existence is impossible. Fascism is not an intellectual ideology but a white supremacist movement based on the dogma of fear, insecurity and misplaced anger. The form of government fascists want the public to assimilate is ultra-nationalism—which is antithetical to a representative democracy. Therefore fascism is illegitimate and should not be tolerated in a pluralistic society, because it is an existential threat to the citizens of America.

Definition: Egalitarianism is the doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities. Political egalitarianism posits that each individual has the same social power or influence over politics in work, government and daily life.

“Pundits like to take refuge in the saccharine refrain, “this is not who we are,” but historically, this is exactly who we are. Political violence is an endemic feature of American political history. It was foundational to the overthrow of Reconstruction in the 1870s and the maintenance of Jim Crow for decades after.” Excerpt from Where Will This Political Violence Lead? Look to the 1850s.

Being good is hard if you live under an authoritarian regime… Dictatorships elevate the nation and the leader as ultimate ends, while mere individuals have no inherent worth outside of their service to the state… Damir Marusic, an Atlantic Council senior fellow, recently wrote, ‘Putin is a wholly authentic Russian phenomenon, and the imperialist policy he’s pursuing in Ukraine is too.’ This is right, but only up to a point. We simply don’t know what individual Russians would choose, want—or become—if they had been socialized in a free, open democracy, rather than a dictatorship where fear is the air one breathes. Like everyone else, they are products of their environment. Authoritarianism corrupts society. Because punishment and reward are made into arbitrary instruments of the state, citizens have little incentive to pool resources, cooperate, or trust others. Survival is paramount, and survival requires putting one’s own interests above everything else, including traditional morality. In such a context, as the historian Timothy Snyder puts it, ‘life is nasty, brutish, and short; the pleasure of life is that it can be made nastier, more brutish, and shorter for others.’ This is the zero-sum mindset that transforms cruelty into virtue.
In short, authoritarianism twists the soul and distorts natural moral intuitions. In so doing, it renders its citizens—or, more precisely, its subjects—less morally culpable. To be fully morally culpable is to be free to choose between right and wrong. But that choice becomes much more difficult under conditions of dictatorship. Not everyone can be courageous and sacrifice life and livelihood to do the right thing.” Excerpt from Why the Russian People Go Along With Putin’s War

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power […] We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end […] The object of power is power.” Excerpt from 1984 by: George Orwell

“Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that same liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the ‘general welfare of the people’. Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by [authoritarian] tyrants—to make us bondsmen.” By: Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between true and false no longer exists.” By: Hannah Arendt

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” By: Mahatma Gandhi

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” By: Milan Kundera

“You already know enough. So do I. It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and to draw conclusions.” By: Sven Lindqvist

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