As someone with a keen interest (unfortunately) in both politics and history I have always been equal parts fascinated and disturbed by the McCarthy era. The great red witch hunt for anyone who dared to question capitalism. Never mind if you supported capitalism as an idea, but felt it’s current pratice in the US could use reform. And never mind if when you were young and idealistic you supported at least some tenents of ideals that you had moved away from. The famous: “are you now, or have you ever been…”
A dark time for America- violently smothering any and all ideas deemed by a few to be contrary.
I am not a communist, a socialist, a republican, a democrat, a libertarian. Just as I am not a christian, a jew, an islamist, a hindu… I see inherent strengths, and weaknesses- in many philosophies.
Two writers everyone here will know- George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley, held very contrary views. Orwell- author of the famous 1984, was a leader in the social democrat movement- yes, he would be branded as a “Socialist” and a heretic in these times. And Huxley, famous for Brave New World, while harder to pin down, was largely anti capitalism and wold likely likewise be burned at the stake today as some flavor of socialist.
And it is so odd. We have seen America, or more honestly- a small but extremely vocal minority of america shift so far to the right that democrats are now evil socialists, and even the traditional republicans are liberal traitors.
And all this while the real threat creeps upon us as they try to distract our attention. Facism. Yes, while the far right loves to point out the Nazis had socialism in their name, and draw parralells, they conveniently ignore the fact the Nazis were a unique form of Facism. They ignore the parallells between their “fatherland” and our “homeland” and homeland security. Heres a bit on Facism from Wikipedia:
“Fascists seek rejuvenation of their nation… where its individuals are united together as one people in national identity by suprapersonal connections of ancestry, culture, and blood through a totalitarian single-party state… . Fascism seeks to purify the nation of foreign influences that are deemed to be causing degeneration of the nation or of not fitting into the national culture. Fascists have commonly presented themselves as politically syncretic—opposing firm association with any section of the left-right spectrum, considering it inadequate to describe their beliefs, and being critical of the left, right, and centre.However fascism’s goal to promote the rule of people deemed innately superior while seeking to purge society of people deemed innately inferior is a prominent far-right stance.”
Sound familiar? It should…
No- I am not- and never have been a… . But I am American- one who is deeply worried about the radicalization that has taken place. The fear, the hatred, the lies…