Thursday, October 13, 2011
Is Sofia a Nazi Zombie?
The answer, sadly, is no.
Although I have never met her, I feel reasonably sure that Sophia is not a Nazi Zombie. In fact, I would venture to say that she is nothing like a Nazi Zombie and unless anyone gives me even the smallest reason to think otherwise I will continue to insist that this is the case.
She did however snag my "zombies" on Daily Kos.
She caught them both, which is just plain sad.
It is Sophia 2 and Karmafish nuffin.'
Which, of course, also leads me to wonder just what the hell is going on with this woman that she knows me so well that she could accomplish this?... but whatever.
It's really none of my business, I guess.
I knew that she was onto me when I saw that she had registered as a "follower." I did not know exactly what the fuck a follower is, but I knew that I did not want Sofia as one. That much I knew, for certain.
And I knew my goose was cooked, for sure, when Volley made a point of challenging me about one particularly nasty, ugly, stinky person.
Nonetheless, there is a significant question here.
The real question is what makes a Nazi a Nazi?
This is a good question. It's hardly an original question, of course, but it is also the very question that lead to my most recent demise on that bastion of universal brotherhood Daily Kos.
What makes a Nazi?
Theodore Adorno and the Frankfurt School sought to answer that question after World War II, leading to theories around the "authoritarian personality." John Dean sought to revive this intellectual trend during George W's administration with his book Conservatives Without Conscience.
Daily Kos represents an example of this top-down, authoritarian mind-set. The funny thing about that, tho, and the ironic thing, perhaps, is that Markos did not particularly encourage it. Not from what I saw. It's an organic authoritarianism and an insecure desire for group-think that just developed naturally because people are people.
What we know for sure is that most actual Nazis, that is, most regular German party members, were just that. They were regular volk. Your average day-to-day Nazi was not running around with a little Hitler mustache killing people. No. Most were no different than human beings anywhere at any time.
And that is the real point, I think. The Nazis were not an anomaly, but normal human beings.
And the same goes for your average Klansmen and the same goes for the reviled group of your choice. Take your pick. (How about the Khmer Rouge?) These people whom we love to hate are not evil people, but normal people who go along with an agenda of hatred because they actually believe it is the right thing to do.
That's what a Nazi is, really.
This is not an original insight, but it is something that we should consider.
These people who perpetually and forever hate on Israel, thus encouraging violence against Jews, do so not so much out of malice... although there is malice aplenty... but because they honestly believe that they have a moral imperative to expose the Jewish state for the vile and racist and colonialist and imperialist, racist state that they constantly tell one another that it truly is.
Nazis, whether Arab or European, are actually moralists. They believe in the rightness of their cause and do so on grounds of social justice. I like the way that Pilar Rahola put it in her 2009 speech when she says that it is:
not possible to totally explain the present-day imbecility of anti-Israelism. Both drink from the fountain of intolerance and lies. Also, if we accept that anti-Israelism is the new form of anti-Semitism, we conclude that circumstances may have changed, but the deepest myths, both of the Medieval Christian anti-Semitism and of the modern political anti-Semitism, are still intact. Those myths are part of the chronicle of Israel.
For example, the Medieval Jew accused of killing Christian children to drink their blood connects directly with the Israeli Jew who kills Palestinian children to steal their land. Always they are innocent children and dark Jews. Similarly, the Jewish bankers who wanted to dominate the world through the European banks, according to the myth of the Protocols, connect directly with the idea that the Wall Street Jews want to dominate the World through the White House. Control of the Press, control of Finances, the Universal Conspiracy, all that which has created the historical hatred against the Jews, is found today in hatred of the Israelis. In the subconscious, then, beats the DNA of the Western anti-Semite, which produces an efficient cultural medium.
And we get plenty of this type of material on Daily Kos on a daily basis, do we not?
I think that we do.
But, I can tell you with total assurance that the Huff Post is much, much worse.
Peace to you, please, Sofia.
And my sincerest apologies to Volleyboy1.
However much we may disagree... and he cannot be happy with me about this most recent skirmish or idiocy or whatever one might call it... I know the guy is a very smart guy with a very big heart.