In the authoritarian process of the Bush Administration, the one which is laying the groundwork for fascism, is there the intention to succeed or to fail?
It might sound ridiculous to ask such a thing, to assume the *possibility* that a set of people would invest that kind of time and energy in intentional failure (of course, intentional failure is just another kind of success), but hear my argument…
The motivation – Neoconservatives aren’t fascists. In fact, many hail from backgrounds vehemently *against* the Holocaust. Many are Jewish (nevermind that the state of Israel is moving more and more toward militancy and centralized control even in their government). The motivation is that they are trying to scare the American people into Traditional values, Anti-Fascism, Strict Morality, etc. Even Jon Stewart said that one of *his* motivations was to destroy moral relativism in America, something the Neoconservatives totally agree on. What better way to scare people than to take matters into your own hands, to wear the MASK of Fascism, to *simulate* Fascism, until the fear you produce gives you the *result* you desire. Then, the populace properly enraged, emboldened, and ENLIGHTENED, they engage in the kind of socialist movement that, again, forms the background for many of these same Neoconservatives.
In *successful* Fascism you create sheep. That approach creates a subjugated people. That approach is fucking depressing.
But executing FAILED Fascism… doesn’t that work to embolden people? To scare them into political activism, into throwing off their apathy? Isn’t the primary requirement to follow such a procedure Cynicism?
The Jon Stewarts, the Keith Olbermanns, all these people don’t talk about what’s really going on in America. These people are promoting the belief that the Bush Administration is trying to *succeed* at Fascism.
The Bush Administration isn’t a real villain – its a Hollywood villain. Its sloppy, its incompetent.
Its simply not POSSIBLE, given the culture and the laws and the state of America, for fascism to be created by this Administration. *Maybe* they are trying to lay the groundwork for subsequent actual fascism, which at least you can argue that they’ve tried to succeed at, or maybe they’re just trying to be a villain in order to create heroes within America.
Who’s going to be asking this question? Not the Olbermanns or Stewarts. Of course, there’s noone to provide a definitive answer… even the Neocons themselves probably don’t recognize their subconscious on a level required to produce truth on the issue.
So, if all of this is yet another form of social engineering (which the Neocons love to do), a kind of jumpstart given to the assumed dead battery of the American soul, what does that do to the future of the country? Or will this simply be buried by an American people that prefers the truth that they through their staunch American values nobly defeated the terrible fascist menace, just like we defeated the Nazis in WWII. Is this just another Neocon-fueled Grand Narrative?
Is this the nature of conflict for Westerners… is this the next step… sort of Beyond War?
If so, we may find that the shackles of Cynicism, the only TRUE possible victor in this ridiculous process, may become permanent.
I urge you to despise the Neocons, not to treat them as a noble enemy. Do not make the mistake of thinking you’ve accomplished something great as you remove them from power, or in the end you’ll have let them win after all.
In Poker, friends, its all about reading, adjusting, and bluffing. Poker is the ultimate cynic’s game.
The larger enemy is not being discussed on shows that are ostensibly “saving America”. Do not be guided by men of limited vision or you’ll find new problems emerging from the solutions you wrought. Do not be blinded by your own American pride and arrogance and constitution-waving. Do not be scared by Olbermann’s alarmism or Stewart’s pathos.
Freedom INCLUDES freedom from cynicism… I love America. Lets not harm it today. We may find, we WILL find, that in destroying cynicism a lot of the crap will fade from American culture… such as reality TV.
Lets make the future as good as it can be.