Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Idiot Son of an Asshole

To balance out the partisan entries favored by my conservative co-blogger, I want to point Superblog!! visitors to this site. Here you'll find tons of fair and balanced animations of varying quality. Some are slightly frightening, such as the one about the 14 defining characteristics of fascism, quite a few of which seems to fit the United States disturbingly well (though, thankfully, some seem like a bit of a reach).

Others are just amusing. One of my favorites is "Idiot Son of An Asshole" - quite a catchy song. Punk rock!

"Don't hate us because we're Americans, just hate our government", they say. Seems like good advice. Though I reserve the right to at least mock the people who thought it was a good idea to vote for Dubya. Besides, which side would you rather be on? The Hollywood stars' or the Klansmen's?

I prefer Hollywood.


mynym said...

Yeah....but that video is very like Nazi propaganda itself in that it is all a pattern of associative arguments based on pure imagery.

Note the innacuracies of it though.

Religion and Fascism:
(The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History
of Nazi Germany
William L. Shirer
(Simon and Schuster) 1990 :238-40)
The Pagan Chant Grows Louder.I refer the reader to accurate recorded history, rather than just imagery and associative arguments.
Again, that video is the very pattern of Nazism that it seems to be projecting onto others. As Christ put the theory of projection, there are the logs and specks....etc.

All fascist parties came from socialist parties because fascism is the heretical branch of socialism. Sometimes they would retain the association in their names as in the case of the National Socialists. The foundational agreement between socialists and their heretical branch is philosophic naturalism and immanence.

Koala Mentala said...

Certainly the "14 characteristics" video is strongly reminiscent of propaganda (though I fail to see what's particularly Nazi about it). I imagine the creators were fully aware of what they were doing.

And while it's true that Fascism sprung from Socialism, I don't think that's necessarily a relevant observation. "Fascism", in its classic sense, is just as dead an ideology as Communism. I tend to think that many current regimes, Dubya's included, borrow facets of different political movements, and in the end adhere to none of them.