Black Lives Matter protesters show up at Republican Senator Warren Limmer’s house in Minnesota demanding he address them. pic.twitter.com/VQJCn5bwDt— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 2, 2020
I’ve been thinking the same thing.
Until this afternoon, I was unaware that Paul Gottfried had recently published this.
“Although I have spent much of my scholarly life warning against inappropriate comparisons between Nazis or fascists and the pet peeves of academics and journalists, I myself am now using the F-word (as in fascist) or really the N-word (as in Nazi) with growing regularity.
The antifascist left, about which I have just finished writing a book, resembles the Nazis in a striking way, particularly when these earlier advocates of violence were on their way to power. I am drawing this parallel while being fully aware of the qualifications that I am constrained to offer.
Yes, I am aware that, unlike the Nazis, American Antifa members and German Antifaschisten loathe their own race and nation and are doing everything possible to weaken them. They also favor filling their country with third world immigrants, preferably non-Christian, to change its inherited cultural and ethnic character. Further, these rioters and subversives are working to bring shame on once-celebrated national heroes and call for tearing down their statues and banishing national literatures. As I write, Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) have just torn down a statue of George Washington in Portland, Oregon. Elsewhere, Confederate memorial monuments, statues of Columbus, and other tributes to the onetime heroes of my youth are being smashed or defaced. …”
I laid out the reasons why this morning.
The fascists came at the tail end of the long 19th century. They were a product of all the ideas that gained traction in the Romantic age from Rousseau, Fichte, Herder, Schopenhauer, Carlyle, Hegel, Nietzsche, etc. Adolf Hitler loved Richard Wagner. In National Socialism, you see the full blossoming of the Romantic ideal of ethnonationalism and 19th century racial theories like Nordicism. By the 1930s, Romanticism had worked its way down from an elite consensus to the masses.
This is the distilled essence of the spirit of the 19th century:
Go further back to the previous cycle.
Maximilien Robespierre, the Jacobins and the Terror during the French Revolution were the culmination of the ideas of the Enlightenment which had filtered down from elites to a mass level. They were the product of all the ideas that had gained traction in the Enlightenment age from Hobbes, Locke, Voltaire, Diderot, Montesquieu, Hume, Rousseau (again), Kant and so forth distilled into a crude level.
This is the distilled essence of the spirit of the 18th century:
Go further back to the previous cycle.
You’re in the early 17th century in the time of the Protestant Union and the Catholic League and the culmination of the Wars of Religion in the Thirty Years War and Roundheads and Cavaliers in the English Civil War. The battle lines have been drawn for the final apocalyptic battle which are the full outworking of the ideas of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. The ideas of the reformers and their enemies have finally filtered down now to a crude form at the mass level.
This is the distilled essence of the spirit of the 16th century:
We’ve “progressed” beyond all of that.
Something like the Thirty Years War, the Wars of Revolution and the World Wars could never happen again in the 21st century. The ideas of Sigmund Freud, Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Karl Popper, the New York Intellectuals, Herbert Marcuse, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Derrick Bell, Judith Butler, Frantz Fanon, Kimberle Crenshaw, Robin DiAngelo, and so forth, could never filter down from elites and congeal into a violent crude form at the mass level and lead to some sort of violent upheaval after permeating our society.
This is the distilled essence of the 20th century: the full outworking of the Antiromantic ideal, which holds that White, Western man is no good, which has been ascendant since 1945.
No, we are not the Nazis.
The Nazis, however, are at the root of our present troubles.
The enemies of the Nazis triumphed in 1945 and the world that they created has been an Antiromantic age. It has been an antifascist age. It has been an anti-racist and anti-totalitarian age. It lacks self confidence. This shit has been all the rage since literally 1945. It permeates everything to an absurd degree. Martin Luther King, Jr. could only become a secular saint in an antiracist age. Jim Crow could have only fallen in an antiracist age. Virtually every institution in our society has been steadily reconstructed around the goal of promoting racial equality and the interests of black people. We live under “systemic antiracism” which actively represses Whites with the laundry list of -isms and -phobias. The political and cultural establishment vilifies “Nazis” and “white supremacists” and sees “racism” in everything. The previous crisis which was World War II has become the compass for the elites who have ruled in its wake.
Could actual “white supremacists” succeed in setting America on fire and convulsing the whole country for months? To ask the question is to answer it. The riots have been cheered on for being “antiracist.” The Zeitgeist has crushed the spirit of young White men. It fills them with guilt. And yet, the people who do this pretend that they and their ilk and their values are not the ones who are in power. Somehow, we are supposed to believe that we are in power while policing our own thoughts.
It is all absurd. It is utterly detached from reality. Perhaps this is what it is like when an idea that had become the basis of an entire social order for a whole age of history finally achieves saturation and total societal liftoff toward utopia before it crashes back down to earth in its parabolic descent?