Monday, February 19, 2007

Notes on "Weimarization"

"Today, we're fighting a new war to defend our liberty and our people and our way of life. And as we work to advance the cause of freedom around the world, we remember that the father of our country believed that the freedoms we secured in our revolution were not meant for Americans alone," President Ballsack opined.

Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion. Robert O. Paxton via #

“ of the important political functions of the radical right is that it enables the slightly more moderate right to appear as a sober force, able to govern.” Hungarian historian Laszlo Karsai.

This book is factually wrong. Example. Dr. Dobson. DOES NOT have a body guard and Jerry Falwell doesn't chop peoples heads off for not believing in God. Amazon Review Commenter.

"Weimar Germany teaches us that the market is not an antidote to fascism, and creation of a free market probably cannot be considered the main goal for democratic transformation."Andrei Melville
"...ush Presidency as a trial balloon of the Insect Lords. Check the winds, fine tune, float another." #

"The average individual does not yet feel under attack. One might feel most profoundly disappointed over this but it is more correct to draw the conclusion that all the things that have been abolished here are no longer of great concern to people." Bob Musil

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Blogger Kia said...

Are you reading it? Did you hear him on Democracy Now yesterday morning? Awesome quotes in yer post. I believe there's a new edition of The Man Without Qualities out. Wonder if it would be more readable now that we are a little less ambiguously weimarized.

Oh some friends of my mother took their dog to Jamaica, it was a weimaraner, and the woman who cleaned their house -- being totally unaware of the existence of the German language -- called it what she thought she heard them call it, the "wild banana dog."

2/20/2007 5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps we could hold a plebiscite: Instead of USA, "The Wild Banana Nation."

Didn't know of the new edition, but sure enough - I am one of the apparently overwhelming portion of readers who never made it to vol. 2. That could be a project for my 85th year. I want to read more of his Diaries before then, tho.

2/20/2007 8:57 PM  

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