Eupathic Impulse

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  1. 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, ...
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      Dogmatic anti-religiosity is also bad.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Politics Gen XYZ

      Racist parody account with the same ideology as the NZ shooter.
  11. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      No. This simplistic, deterministic view of religion and its social role is part of why we're here. It is almost always turned against religious minorities, leaving the dominant/majority culture, taken for granted under the guise of The Secular, unquestioned.
  12. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      Since our brains are for most purposes sealed black boxes, this is true only in the trivial sense that we may never fully understand anyone's thinking.  We can, however, apply the normal tools of rational analysis to their "warped" rationales. And, in my opinion, we must.
  13. The Christchurch mosque massacre

      No, I don't, not necessarily. It is possible to have a normal psyche and come to evil conclusions instigating acts of large-scale violence. Start from a set of political premises and beliefs about the world, and you can indeed rationally deduce an imperative to perform terrible deeds. To believe otherwise is to gut the very notion of moral responsibility -- and to misunderstand the systems that brought about the acts of violence.    The Christchurch shooter was starting from a set of widespread, nearly mainstream political arguments and deduced that mass murder was a beneficial act. He came from a political community in which a greater ethnocultural integrity of the state is necessary for the people to live good and happy lives.  This is a perfectly ordinary idea that mainstream right-of-center political parties (and even some nominally left-wing ones) the world over implicitly endorse. Muslim immigrant communities are viewed as a key threat to achieving this state of greater social happiness.  But somehow, such immigration continues, and politicians do too little, in this worldview, to stop it.  It is very easy to reason from there to the imperative of violence.   You can, yes, apply this analysis to other forms of extremism (see the Shamima Begum thread), that, for many TTers, surely seem by definition to be irrational.  Foreign-convert ISIS fighters see joining ISIS as a solution to set of personal problems that come from the abjuration of Higher Meaning from secular Western life.  With a little creativity, you can reason your way to the idea that ISIS is the only game in town, when it comes to providing that Higher Meaning (i.e., even mainstream conservative Islam is seen to concede too much).  And in turn, that very desire for Higher Meaning can be reapplied back to Anders Breivik and the NZ killer.   Reason is far from a defense from evil, except insofar as we take a look at bad ideologies as rational constructs that allow people to bypass their normal, non-rational moral censor. 
  14. The Christchurch mosque massacre

    Horrors, mass murders come and go.  There will be others. My point is, they are rarely ever acts of "madmen", people with no coherent thought or self-control. They're political deeds with knowable, explainable, explicit motives.  They almost always have a (to some, surprisingly) sophisticated political theory behind them.
  15. The Christchurch mosque massacre

    Au contraire, violent extremists are very often merely exercising the outcome of their political analysis. This dude (group?) made his/their motives plain as day.  The deed itself is a statement -- selecting two mosques, setting up a live stream, and of course, the murders -- and there is a manifesto that merely regurgitates well-known Islamophobic tropes and conspiracy theories, as well as stating the underlying fear of Replacement, a sexual anxiety.