The Narcissism of Small Differences. In Group Bias.
I posted this long comment in a Blog I read regularly. GolemXIV is a Lighthouse for me which I trust to navigate through the Smoke and Interference of Mainstream and other subjective scripts on the purpose and direction of World and Domestic affairs.
I have read the recent articles and the extent of and quality of analysis available here on Davids site coupled with the reference links of the many active and visiting contributors point to an ever clearer picture of the Money Elite problem.
Many here have studied these subjects in great depth, we all have been impacted by the system and have our own experiences of its Bounties and punishments. I remain frustrated as to how one combats the indifference, fear and denial that remains as the outward and admitted perceptions of many people.
I have read often here of others encountering the eyes of their friends glazing over and the uncomfortable impression given “Oh please not that again´´.
I have tried through writing songs and participating in other areas from my Hobbies of Music and philosophy to get into the mind set of my peer groups and so forth and introduce new angles and perspectives. I have been banned from the Economics Group of the Economist In Linked in, I have been banned from the My Les Paul Guitar Forum and also from the Gibson Forums. I have not been rude or aggressive or even overtly political I have merely refused to conform to the apathetic stance or subscribed to the acceptable Line. ´´I saw a swallow once and summer is upon us always.
The challenge is to increasingly break the hypnotic spell. I have spent several hours reading up on the psychology of group dynamics.
This essay particularly. ( and Wikipedia and various other references pointed to there).
Freudian Theory and pattern of Fascist Propaganda.
This is the ultimate root of the otherwise enigmatic personalization
of fascist propaganda, its incessant plugging of names and supposedly great men, instead of
discussing objective causes. The formation of the imagery of an omnipotent and unbridled
father figure, by far transcending the individual father and therewith apt to be enlarged into
a »group ego,« is the only way to promulgate the »passive-masochistic attitude … to whom
one’s will has to be surrendered,« an attitude required of the fascist follower the more his
political behaviour becomes irreconcilable with his own rational interests as a private person
as well as those of the group or c
to which he actually belongs.
They fail to develop an independent autonomous
conscience and substitute for it an identification with collective authority which is as irrational as Freud
described it, heteronomous, rigidly oppressive, largely alien to the individuals’ own thinking and, therefore,
easily exchangeable in spite of its structural rigidity. The phenomenon is adequately expressed in the Nazi
formula that what serves the German people is good. The pattern reoccurs in the speeches of American fascist
demagogues who never appeal to their prospective followers’ own conscience but incessantly invoke external,
conventional, and stereotyped values which are taken for granted and treated as authoritatively valid without
ever being subject to a process of living experience or discursive examination
The Fascists, down to the last smalltime demagogue, continuously
emphasize ritualistic ceremonies and hierarchical differentiations. The less hierarchy within
the setup of a highly rationalized and quantified industrial society is warranted, the more
artificial hierarchies with no objective
are built up and rigidly imposed by
Fascists for purely psycho-technical reasons.
Hitler’s famous formula,
oben, Autorität nach unten
, (responsibility towards above, authority towards below) nicely
rationalizes this character’s ambivalence.
This is the line pursued by the agitators’ standard »unity trick.« They emphasize their being
different from the outsider but play down such differences within their own group and tend
to level out distinctive qualities among themselves with the exception of the hierarchical
one. »We are all in the same boat;« nobody should be better off; the snob, the intellectual,
the pleasure seeker are always attacked. The undercurrent of malicious egalitarianism, of
brotherhood of all-comprising humiliation, is a component of fascist propaganda and
Fascism itself. It found its symbol in Hitler’s notorious command of the
orality: language itself, devoid of its rational significance, functions in a magical way and
furthers those archaic regressions which reduce individuals to members of crowds. Since
this very quality of uninhibited but largely associative speech presupposes at least a
temporary lack of ego control, it may well indicate weakness rather than strength. The
fascist agitators’ boasting of strength is indeed frequently accompanied by hints at such
weakness, particularly when begging for monetary contributions – hints which, to be sure,
are skillfully merged with the idea of strength itself
This standardization, in turn, falls in line with stereotypical thinking, that is to say,
with the »stereopathy« of those susceptible to this propaganda and their infantile wish for
endless, unaltered repetition. It is hard to predict whether the latter psychological
disposition will prevent the agitators’ standard devices from becoming blunt through
excessive application. In national
socialist Germany, everybody used to make fun of certain
propagandistic phrases such as »blood and soil,« (
Blut und Boden), jokingly called Blubo or the concept of the
Nordic race from which the parodistic verb
, (to»northernize«) was derived. Nevertheless, these appeals do not seem to have lost their
attractiveness. Rather, their very »phonyness« may have been relished cynically and
sadistically as an index for the fact that power alone decided one’s fate in the Third Reich,
that is, power unhampered by rational objectivity.
The continuous danger of war inherent in Fascism spellshttp://www.scribd.com/doc/7168803/Adorno-Freudian-Theory-and-the-Pattern-of-Fascist-Propaganda#
destruction and the masses are at least preconsciously aware of it. Thus, Fascism does not
altogether speak the untruth when it refers to its own irrational powers, however faked the
mythology which ideologically rationalizes the irrational may be. Since it would be
impossible for Fascism to win the masses through rational arguments, its propaganda must
necessarily be deflected from discursive thinking; it must be oriented psychologically, and
has to mobilize irrational, unconscious, regressive processes.
the Fascist agitator doubtlessly takes up certain tendencies within those he addresses, he
does so as the mandatory of powerful economic and political interests. Psychological
dispositions do not actually cause Fascism; rather, Fascism defines a psychological area
which can be successfully exploited by the forces which promote it for entirely
nonpsychological reasons of self
interest. What happens when masses are caught by Fascist
propaganda is not a spontaneous primary expression of instincts and urges but a quasi-
scientific revitalization of their psychology
He defines the realm of psychology by the supremacy of the unconscious
and postulates that what is it should become ego. The emancipation of man from the
heteronomous rule of his unconscious would be tantamount to the abolition of his
»psychology.« Fascism furthers this abolition in the opposite sense through the
perpetuation of dependence instead of the realization of potential freedom, through
expropriation of the unconscious by social control instead of making the subjects conscious
of their unconscious. For, while psychology always denotes some bondage of the individual,
it also presupposes freedom in the sense of a certain self-sufficiency and autonomy of the
individual. It is not accidental that the nineteenth century was the great era of psychological
ght. In a thoroughly reified society, in which there are virtually no direct relationships
between men, and in which each person has been reduced to a social atom, to a mere
function of collectivity, the psychological processes, though they still persist in each
individual, have ceased to appear as the determining forces of the social process.
I am not trying to get a focus on the Fascist, left-right binary narrative. a key paragraph from the ones I highlight above is.
The fascist agitators’ boasting of strength is indeed frequently accompanied by hints at such weakness, particularly when begging for monetary contributions – hints which, to be sure, are skilfully merged with the idea of strength itself.My view is that there is no other option but than to step into the lion´s den and place the facts in the mainstream this needs to be done with a sort of Buddy system to avoid a sort of martyrdom. A leadership study I just read states that leaders emerge from within groups after trust is gained and acceptance by the group is first necessary before new ideas can be proposed and accepted.
I am acutely aware that we have formed here an in group and need to be careful not to fall prey to the tendency to desert the rational and objective so as to bolster our own group esteem . The problem being of curse that marginalisation is the stock in trade of the hegemonic power structures that have the momentum of a divided and conquered populace distracted and fearfully rejecting anything strange or seemingly weak.
I have encountered a subtle crack down on my own online activities in this regard what I am saying is we need to enter the blogosphere and wider real life groups and back each other up almost as sort of vigilante guerilla groups doing it individually we are easily isolated and reason is not a force that issues as currency in the propagandised smog of popular avatar existence.
I realise David that some were less than enthusiastic about this initiative , what news is there of it? there is a requirement and it is very urgent. My bell weathers are chiming alarmingly. The banks are getting quite aggressive again and of course as well as watching Greece we should be aware of the problem of Israeli/Us aggression towards Iran.
Forgive the stream of consciousness but one needs to reach out sometimes when one feels weary and helpless and for me it is one of those times. But I do have hope and courage in my heart as well as love for how I believe the world and people really are.
Google Group Dynamics and take a look at some of the articles on Wikipedia. Submitting to Group mythology can be a convenient shorthand to having a view which makes one think well the Group has my back? at least somebody is guaranteed to agree with me. A dangerous road to travel down in so many respects the exchange of one sort of anxiety for another, one might encounter one´s oppressor more regularly and feel a certain connectedness to wherever the strings are ultimately pulled from but I do question whether it is the way out of Wittgenstein's bottle and think it is probably not.