Monthly Archives: April 2017

Will Most Christians Side With The Right Wing Again, As History Repeats Itself?

In the US at least, right-wing voices are intermingled with that of conservative Christians, all seeming to reach for the same goals, in the grand scheme of things. Of course Christians are greatly diverse, ranging from denominations and their hierarchies to individual believers.

This concern is mostly rooted in the declared support by the current administration of Christian causes, such as promoting religion (and creationism) in schools, stricter abortion laws or a halt in the progressive social engineering (the gender theory etc). While championing for these causes, Christians are being lured into supporting other policies which objectively conflict with their belief system – based on warmongering, xenophobia and corporatism. In terms of warmongering and xenophobia, this phenomenon is oddly reminiscent of the rise of the right in Europe during the 1930s and 40s, in the 20th Century. Though some claim this comparison is a crass exaggeration, there are parallels to be made.

Over the next few years it will be interesting to observe how they will react to the political shift towards isolationism and the ethnic purges envisioned by those favoured to reach power in Europe, as well as those already in power in the US.

Some reactions are positive (in terms of solidarity with the genuine underdog), such as participating in the creation of sanctuaries for immigrants who risk deportation. Indeed, many churches have joined this initiative, together with a number of synagogues and mosques.

The strong message from certain voices is not so encouraging, as many try to get people of faith to engage politically, putting all their support towards the new rise of conservatism, in a manner so uncritical one could compare it to the creation of a cult of personality.

“God will curse Trump’s opponents and their children and grandchildren”

Perhaps no type of rhetoric is more cringey and deserving of a spewing bucket than that of snake-oil-peddling Inforwars&Co, Alex Jones once claiming Trump had been touched by the Holy Ghost, on the night of his inauguration.

Christianity is, nowadays, in the positive sense, associated with humanitarianism, which stands in contrast with most reform ideas conservatives argue for.

Please pardon the minimal research and of-the-cuff nature of this post; the only certainty is that the following years will be very interesting and the true nature of many will be revealed, as individuals and collectives.

 

 

 

“Deus Vult”: Peddling “Jesus” To Support Israeli Expansionism

Here is a link, one among many Rebel Media “productions” which glorify the state of Israel and its (lawless) expansion of murder and displacement of Palestinians. You might think it’s in jest, judging by the tone. But it’s not, as proven by the cesspool-emptier-load of material produced by Rebel Media in support of Israel and towards demonising Muslims as a whole (yes, all 1.6 billion of them). It somehow seems their rhetoric for a good year or two, capitalising on the immigration problem in Europe, has been leading up to this.

Even if marginally interested in the situation, as often is the case in the west, one has to admit this is stomach-churning.

And Rebel Media, of course, is not alone in this.

The simultaneous rise of Donald Trump, as well as other political figures embracing far-right rhetoric, and the rise of support for Israel as a state is almost too odd to be a coincidence (and please don’t mistake me for agreeing with those who scapegoat Jews for all the world’s evils, out of the same drive as those who scapegoat Muslims).

Support for Israel’s expansionism seems to come from the Christian right; those supposedly rational and kind underdogs, so demonised and ridiculed by the far left for years, if not decades.

Of course, how people can be warmongers at the same time as devout Christians is rather puzzling, if they take themselves seriously. The support for massive deportations in the US falls in the same incompatibility, but that’s a different issue altogether.

I don’t know what part of ENOUGH OF MASS MURDER these people don’t get, after all that has happened in recent decades.

 

 

 

 

Right-wing Pro-Brexit Hypocrisy: Ignoring Scotland’s Will For Independence

Long title, concise and annoying reality.

If you frequent platforms claimed to be based on free speech, nationalism and the free determination of a nation’s fate, you might’ve come across articles, videos and memes proclaiming “the UK has taken its independence back from the European Union”.

Moreover, if you are not based in the UK, you might not be aware that only England and Wales overwhelmingly voted for Brexit, whilst Scotland and Northern Ireland voted against it (in Scotland, this being the dominant vote).

Where is Scotland’s right to self-determination in this equation, where the promoters of Brexit are concerned?

The irony would be far less poignant if this weren’t about self-determination in the first place. Apparently, some are so happy to start lowering the coffin of the European Union they keep circulating material which portrays the whole of the UK going in the same direction, although they know this not to be the state of affairs.

Some understand better than others that the current fascination with the far-right and dismantling the EU is, at a popular level, not only rooted in opposition to Brussels dominating countries financially, but in the desire to close the borders and limit freedom of movement, as well as purge countries of foreigners.

Although doubtlessly, there are many who want this change for purely administrative reasons, kick all these foreigners out is a venial drive for a lot of people, especially in England. Fervid Trump supporters, in Europe or the US (or elsewhere) seem to share this obsession with isolationism, some claiming “Scotland is the new Sweden”, in terms of the leftist political direction it seems to be taking.

They fully ignore, however, the fact that in recent decades, many people have built their lives around the freedom of movement they took for granted, as if it would always be there. Things have gone way too far to be radically changed now, without turning the lives of individuals completely upside-down. Matters are no longer as simple as “just close the borders again”.

Nationalism in Scotland is different that its counterpart in other European countries, in terms of not being rooted in right-wing isolationism.

It is a separate and unique phenomenon.

It is, nonetheless, nationalism – in its true meaning, which is not by default associated with conservative politics.

 

 

Free Speech Platforms Or Far-right Safe Spaces?

As news of politically-motivated censorship on large social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube spread like wildfire (this censorship of course being real), many started looking for alternatives, fearing that simply speaking their minds, even in polite ways, would attract negative consequences.

Anyone who is opposed to censorship out of principle would, of course, gladly navigate to less restrictive online spaces, seeking a genuine exchange of information and opinions, sometimes in the most open, innocuous and politically neutral manner. However, recent experiments of this type beg the question whether that is truly possible on a large scale. After concluding that ideological groups don’t work, it seems discussion groups/ platforms don’t work any better.

The dynamics of attracting well-meaning people to these platforms is intermingled with the growing audience of the so-called impartial alternative media, which only claimed to be against political correctness and cultural Marxism, to then espouse increasingly right-wing views and later almost merge with the far right, championing its causes and political figures in the most nauseating way.

Commentators and comedians turned right-wing activists (without taking on the name) often brag about their audiences, their “culture war” against the mainstream media, as if talking about wild animals divvying up the spoils of a carcass in the forest. The cells of said carcass are our minds, the minds of the moderates they are trying – and succeeding – to radicalise.

Their main appeal, when claiming to only oppose the extreme left was in the term “extreme”, as many who believe in freedom of speech are in fact liberals; opposing censorship or manipulation is not part of a political persuasion.

My focus is on the justifiable frustration of those who truly are independent thinkers and are trying to find a bile-free, label-free, extremism-free, hysteria-free, indoctrination-free, groupthink-free, recruitment-free space for open conversation. In times of such possibilities in that sense, it just doesn’t seem to exist.

Whenever large numbers of people gather, groupthink appears and the need of one group to dominate another. It’s always a matter of we, our fight, our culture war, our political war. And all these notions seem to include, by default, a package of values and beliefs one must adopt in order to peacefully take part in the conversation. Overtime, radicals take over a platform and whoever disagrees with them is a “troll” who “belongs somewhere else”. That in itself is disturbing and I wonder whether this is how people really think (how intellectually lazy and dishonest they are) or merely how they behave online.

One “free speech platform” is Gab.ai, which, as the article details, has attracted those banned from Facebook and Twitter. Whilst I’m sure many were banned unjustly and welcomed the opportunity, the site quickly filled with alt-right propaganda and Trump worship (without inflating the word).

The same, to a slightly lesser degree, seems to be happening on Minds.com, also promoted as a free speech platform by popular content creators on YouTube. I registered in good conscience, never realising I’d end up sifting through endless bullshit about race realism, white genocide and the idea that far right candidates would save the world.

It’s like an infection; a virus. The right seems to have harvested the brains of many who have distrusted the political system for years, only to now embrace a Bush-style imperialism by praising Trump. As Trump’s administration embarks on a new massacre spree in the Middle East, planning to help itself to oil in Iraq, just like the Bush administration before it, former “conspiracy theorists” approve of, or ignore this reality, bragging about “taking on the left” and “winning the media war”.

Centrists seem to be the new communal enemy.

Some even peddle the notion that if you reject radicalisation by the left and the right, you’re just a pompous elitist claiming moral superiority or a fence-walker who is afraid of voicing controversial opinions. Which is, of course, the biggest amount of nonsense. Reserving the right to think for yourself and not join the ranks of any side is the only antidote to brainwashing.