Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Il Douche

Recently I was watching Olberman, waiting for the secret signal that will cause all us cryptosocialists to rise up and redistribute the wealth made by our betters on all those trillion-dollar credit-swap instruments -- when I happened to notice that Rush (who sure hasn't missed a meal lately) was wearing an honest-to-god (as Umberto Eco says) black shirt as he jiggled around in front of the cheering CPAC Hitlerjugend recently. The moral here: those who cannot remember history will soon swallow its vomit.

I doubt seriously if these people really know what they are about, but I'm fairly sure that they sense in their sociopathic brain lobes, dimly understand that if they can only sufficiently derange a certain violent and highly motivated minority they can foment real Götterdämmerung carnage, and they will have their chance to go out for a reason, heroes in their own minds, and no longer be troubled by all those impure thoughts about little "butt boys". As Eco puts it:

In every mythology the hero is an exceptional being, but in Ur-Fascist ideology heroism is the norm. This cult of heroism is strictly linked with the cult of death. It is not by chance that a motto of the Spanish Falangists was Viva la Muerte ("Long Live Death!"). In nonfascist societies, the lay public is told that death is unpleasant but must be faced with dignity; believers are told that it is the painful way to reach a supernatural happiness. By contrast, the Ur-Fascist hero craves heroic death, advertised as the best reward for a heroic life. The Ur-Fascist hero is impatient to die. In his impatience, he more frequently sends other people to death.

Then again, who knows, maybe these cretins could get hold of real power after the economy finally, truly craters and the Dolchstosslegende resonates a little louder up the emptiness of the cable tunnels . After all, who will stand up to them, the shopkeepers, Mister Moms and and soccer moms of America, the Daschles, the Reids, the Pelosis?

It seems to me that there might be some prophylactic measures the enlightened citizenry could put in place. Some actual leader might organzie a boycott of hate speech, maybe invent a Fox-Free, or Fascism-Free label you could put on your product certifying that you didn't advertise on Rush, Fox, Micahel Savage, et cetera. In these recessionary times such a boycott might really have traction. (Nothing scares more easily than a billion dollars.) And how could the right wing complain about such an operation of the free market?


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