Eupathic Impulse

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  1. Politics Gen XYZ

      So I think this is exactly the problem I was pointing out. You automatically associate utopic thinking with the worst form of cultist, denying the possibility of a spectrum of ideal-driven individual thinking, voluntary utopic community, etc, etc. The problem is that we now have a world in which, increasingly, the only means to express idealistic affiliation and community are via acts of consumption.   Unfortunately I think there is a supply and demand issue here: there is demand for the possibility of utopia, and by squeezing out all possibility of enacted utopia in visible, public space, we have left this to the worst forms of clandestine online recruiters. It's basically like other forms of prohibition.  What you're proposing is a utopia-to-prison pipeline, so to speak.
  2. Politics Gen XYZ

      This is definitely a factor. I would say that there is another factor at work, and not just on white men in Western democracies. One of the flaws in the modern world, really starting from the mid-70s, is the drastic reduction in the spaces where we can imagine and construct positive utopias, utopic experiments, communities aspiring to utopic goals.  The reasons why we became suspicious of utopia, well, some of them are good, but I think things went too far.  When you squeeze out the positive utopias, what do you have left?  The negative utopias, the ones psychologically founded on individual resentments, the ones that punch downward, that are willing to break the rules and hurt people.
  3. Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

      I don't understand why you think I'm a fan of the House of Saud or somehow approve of their stewardship of the holy sites or somehow don't know that they're propped up by other powers in order to control the price of oil.
  4. Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

      I don't...entirely understand how you are a leftie but actually, I also do get the Trump thing, in that there's a good chunk of the Democratic party that when faced between a choice between eating poop and pizza would adamantly insist that the pizza have a little bit of poop topping for fairness' sake.
  5. Emanuel's outrage is really rich. Wake me up when Chicago seriously starts prosecuting criminally violent cops.
  6. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      Much of alt-right white nationalism tries to hearken back to a currently unauthorized version of traditional Catholicism, an imagined form of "true" Age of Faith Christianity of the fabled Knights Templar, with slogans like "Deus vult!" (the literal Latin translation of "Insh' Allah"...).  Some of it goes back to a version of pre-Christian mythology -- the Nazis attempted to revive some of this form of paganism via the Ahnenerbe SS, and you see echoes of their work throughout white supremacism.   But even without a specific "traditional" religious colour, there is a religious element to all forms of ethnocultural nationalism. The rituals of the "nation" represent the immanent, earthly form of a Higher Reality in which the souls of all the nations members are metaphysically connected into a racial-national "oversoul". Threats to the integrity of that "oversoul" are reflected in earthly social de-cohesion, family breakdown, disruption of the traditions that lead to social solidarity.  This is fascism 101 -- a deeply spiritual concept.   Movements with explicit religious colour have elements of this idea also.  ISIS explicitly represented an attempt to inhabit an esoteric version of the Wahhabi interpretation of traditional Islamic law.  Its attraction to some of its Western convert members, however, can be seen in the yearning for an authentic experience of belonging in the Higher Reality that some Western, secular societies deny or socially police.  Often, these ISIS converts have/had comparatively little idea or interest in more than very superficial aspects of Muslim life and tradition, other than the parts that gave them that emotional satisfaction.   That's where "religion" comes in -- religion construed broadly, as in, an appeal to a Higher Reality that applies constraints to real-world life.  That could be God, it could be The Nation, it could be The Ancestors, ...
  7. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      OK I misunderstood you.  Yes, I agree that there is an ideological infrastructure that stretches well into "mainstream" politics that ultimately gives license to these atrocities (depending on the country and the atrocity).   I do give killers more credit for intelligence than you, I think.  Anders Breivik's targeting of Utøya was intended to decimate the next generation of Norwegian social democratic leaders, and apparently it worked.
  8. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      Whether it is the killers themselves who came up with the theory or there are ideological puppet masters pulling the strings, well, it doesn't matter.  I prefer to give the "benefit" of the doubt to the people who are willing to put their mouths, hands, and lives on the line for evil: they know what they are doing, even if they do not necessarily articulate it well.
  9. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      This is precisely where the reasoning goes wrong. It presumes that people believe in religion because only because they are stupid, gullible authoritarians. Actually, many people are quite easily able to recognize the state/society-approved "sop" and distinguish it from authentic religious expression.  Too strong an attempt to restrict or channel religious feeling and public religious expression, and you make the nastier, more violent versions seem more like "the real thing" to increasing numbers of people. The role of religion in a pluralistic society can only be mediated with respect rather than contempt for the religious, yes, even the religious whose belief systems stray onto generally objectionable things.   I long ago proposed a standard for this, I think it works: bodily autonomy, the autonomy of personal space.
  10. Politics Gen XYZ

      But that tweet did, from that account did.  That tweet was about the NZ massacre.  And you promoted a racist account here.
  11. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      Dogmatic anti-religiosity is also bad.
  12. Politics Gen XYZ

      It complains about the author's fear that people will examine the content of the NZ shooter's ideology and see that it coincides with the more "mainstream", politer version of the ideology that scapegoats Muslim immigration as such for the Rotherham ring.  The problem is: the NZ shooters ideology does in fact coincide with that anti-immigrant ideology, but says the quiet parts loud.
  13. Politics Gen XYZ

      The retweet connected this issue -- a forced prostitution ring -- to the murder of Muslims in two mosques in NZ by a man who explicitly motivated his shootings with paranoias and sexual anxieties about Muslim takeovers.  There's no non-racist reading of that retweet, nothing about it that does not materially defend the intellectual climate that created the NZ shooter.
  14. Politics Gen XYZ

      Easy peasy. Read the account's profile description.     * What does "more Europe, less Europeans" mean in the context of sarcastic slogans about "diversity" and an "alliance of liberals defending immigration"?  It's "The Great Replacement", that's what.     * Retweets someone claiming that complaints about Islamophobia leading ot the NZ killing are equivalent to supporting the mass abuse of girls.   Fascist account? Guilty, guilty, guilty.   Macron is no prize but if this is representative of the Gilets Jaunes then I would like to wish Macron a good ski trip.
  15. Politics Gen XYZ

      Racist parody account with the same ideology as the NZ shooter.