Sunday, 20 July 2014

U R Fascism.Umberto Eco's 1995 Essay

Umberto Eco's 1995 Essay U R Fascism.

Guitarist at lilaGatubandet
All so horribly familiar since 9/11 one can only recognise this as an agenda?

From Wikipedia.

In a 1995 essay "Eternal Fascism",[21] the Italian writer and academic Umberto Eco attempts to list general properties of fascist ideology. He claims that it is not possible to organise these into a coherent system, but that "it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it". He uses the term "Ur-fascism" as a generic description of different historical forms of fascism.
The features of fascism he lists are as follows:
"The Cult of Tradition", combining cultural syncretism with a rejection of modernism (often disguised as a rejection of capitalism).
"The Cult of Action for Action's Sake", which dictates that action is of value in itself, and should be taken without intellectual reflection. This, says Eco, is connected with anti-intellectualism and irrationalism, and often manifests in attacks on modern culture and science.
"Disagreement Is Treason" - fascism devalues intellectual discourse and critical reasoning as barriers to action.
"Fear of Difference", which fascism seeks to exploit and exacerbate, often in the form of racism or an appeal against foreigners and immigrants.
"Appeal to a Frustrated Middle Class", fearing economic pressure from the demands and aspirations of lower social groups.
"Obsession with a Plot" and the hyping-up of an enemy threat. This often involves an appeal to xenophobia or the identification of an internal security threat. He cites Pat Robertson's book The New World Order as a prominent example of a plot obsession.
"Pacifism Is Trafficking with the Enemy" because "Life is Permanent Warfare" - there must always be an enemy to fight.
"Contempt for the Weak" - although a fascist society is elitist, everybody in the society is educated to become a hero.
"Selective Populism" - the People have a common will, which is not delegated but interpreted by a leader. This may involve doubt being cast upon a democratic institution, because "it no longer represents the Voice of the People".
"Newspeak" - fascism employs and promotes an impoverished vocabulary in order to limit critical reasoning.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Big Car Small Dick.

 “Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don't blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being "in love", which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin 

The ability to nurture and provide the other with security and peace of mind is not merely a function of Monetary wealth. Monetary wealth in many respects may well denote an absence of the required qualities to be a participating and contributing partner to a relationship both sexual and platonic.

I agree with you that the OP was rather thin on offering any sort of evidence offering perhaps a memetic banality of the Pea Cock variety ( Pea Cocks get a mention elsewhere in the thread). 
My personal experiences are not modern and worrying about whether or not I am going to ´´get laid´´ passed in my long since passed teenaged years. In Sweden there is a saying. 
´´Big Car Small Dick´´My Father In Law once ryely intimated this folk wisdom to me at the Local Gas Station as a Sunglassed paragon of Stockholm style was donning the little plastic gloves to charge the Tank of a very shiny and very large motor car. It was very dark and around midnight, the moon was not shining bright enough for the sunglasses to have any practical effect. I think my Father in law assessing the scene felt sufficient evidence existed that in the case of this Rakish Gent the small humorous generalisation was warranted. 
I do not recall the occupancy of the passenger seat at the Scene and can not attest to the prowess, regularity or indeed quality of the ´Other´´said Rake may or may not have been enjoying with that nights or any other partner or indeed of what sex they may have been. 

To be crude, If it is true that Birds of Feather Fuck as well as fly together. I might venture that the idea of attracting opposites is not operating in the studies that Donald had in mind with his indexed Meme

I might add my Father in law may have been having a little dig at me at the time a Rolls Royce and Bentley were snuggled in the Garage of my English Estate amongst other automotive ego props acquired following my divorce.

This Kinks Classic is a great song, As the first person narrating the song is sat there with his Ice Cold Beer Sans Yacht and Car perhaps, Ray Davis is describing a form of State contraception enforced through her majesties revenue and customs.