How to take control over a society

“The most intolerant wins! The dictatorship of the small minority”(Nassim Nicolas Talib, Skin in the Game)

What V. I. Lenin, A. Hitler, S. Alinsky and M. Kirk have in common? The unwritten part of Karl Popper’s “The Open Society and Its Enemies”!

Reading the history of Fascists, Nazis and Communists, we can see some common strategies militant minorities used to impose their sectarian ideology as a state philosophy:

1. finding a cause that appeals to emotions

(fighting against oppression is the most appealing moral cause that automatically makes you an innocent and justify any action, it’s forbiden to talk about your own weaknesses, de-converts, etc.),

2. whitewashing their own narrative

(appealing to their innocence, suffering terrible injustices, erasing any privilege or social status that does not fit the narrative of oppresion)

while demonizing opponents’ worldview and actions

(a vengeful victim is the perfect soil for the creation of a new oppressor),

3. weaponizing their progressive position

(they are gnostic dualists – only the few ones can comprehend the complex dimensions of reality/justice; that’s why is important to emphasize their sectarian purity – neutrality/middle ground/shared wickened human condition are just another forms of oppression),

4. victimization

(they are the opressed ones, we do not share with anyone else our privilege to suffer the most terrific opression, ethic judgement is based on emotional categories such hate because there is no other philosophical foundation),

5. scapegoating

(there are only two possible options: to be on the progress side or to be reactionary, whatever is wrong now is because the majority is ignorant, reactionary, not educated enough),

6. the push/replication/control factor

(almost every sect has political ambitions to replicate, multiply and take control over the society as a the only way to impose a better society),

7. institutional sabotage to demand an institutional reinvigoration/revolution

(re-write history, glorify your fight for progress, diminish opponents’ virtues, blame, acuse, attack, etc.)

8. speech/vocabulary control

(controling the narrative means controlling people’s minds, the necessity of submission through compelled speech!),

9. institutional censorship,

(the long march through institutions is a nevessary step to the glorious goal of building a new society)

10. ideological control of science

(purify all remnants of “unscientific”/ “nonconforming”/”oppressive” science – ideological imperatives are what drive scientific advancement)

11. educational brainwashing

(school is seen not as a place of diversity but as a clone factory, controlling education means controlling families and the future of that society).

Is this what happened only with fascists, nazis or communists in the past?

The Russian Revolution as the first #Resist

100 years ago the first #Resist was experimented in Russia: fighting injustice, corruption and authoritarianism to bring to power an even more violent injustice, corruption and authoritarianism.

This new documentary (“The Russian Revolution, 2017, directed by Cal Seville), now on Netflix, explains the Russian Revolution through the lens of an personal war, one between two families: Lenin’s Ulyanovs and the Tzar’s Romanov (started on March 13, 1881 with the assasination of Alexader II and Lenin’s oldest brother – “Sasha” interest in opposing tzarist regime and joining a political revolutionary sect), a battle that will feature crimes, executions, and a feroucious desire of power. The entire course of history would be derailed and humanity will get prepared for Stalin, the supreme dictator who made the socialist brand /#Revolution (#Resist nowadays) to be oxymoronic, the maincore of socialist hypocrisy and mysticism.

(Donald Rayfield, author of “Stalin and His Hangmen”) Lenin understood it wasn’t your numbers that mattered, it wasn’t your popular support that mattered, you just paralyzed the country by occupying the key points, and then you take over.

(Victor Sebestyen, author of “Lenin. The Dictator”) Revolutions don’t happen from the dispossessed and the starving, it happen from the middle class, and it’s always been true.

(Rayfield) “The people’s will” was more of a mystic than an ideological association. The idea if we bring down the very top, they’ll be so terrified that the system will disintegrate and they’ll be a sort of peasant uprising out of which a new order will arise, but they had begun to read Marx. The trouble with reading Marx, of course, is Marx predicted the last place there’d be a revolution would be Russia.

(Sebestyen) On the biggest influences on Lenin, before he read Marx, was a novel by a guy called Nikolay Chernyshevsky called “What Is to be Done?” It’s a pretty lousy novel, but the hero is a selfless, devoted revolutionary who gives himself up to the cause and walks 20 miles a day, does 150 press-ups, abstain from alcohol. And he modeled himself on this character quite deliberately.

#Resist, but be careful what you wish for!

Through the eyes of a child…

The world is covered by our trails

Scars we cover up with paint

Watch them preach in sour lies

I would rather see the world through the eyes of a child

Through the eyes of a child…

Aurora, Through The Eyes Of A Child, 2016

Darker times will come and go

Time you need to see her smile

And mothers hearts are warm and mild

I would rather feel this world through the skin of a child

Through the skin of a child..

Helpful Hand

Alexandru Nagy, a Romanian Canadian born in Romania and raised in Coquitlam/Vancouver, BC, Canada, won the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival & Radcliffe Foundation Refugee Stories competition for his film “Helpful Hand. This accomplishment is absolutely remarkable  considering that Alex had a month-and-a-half to go from concept to finished product. He recalled the history of his arrival in Canada, which was not an easy and comfortable one at all.

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The Postmodern Social Exorcism

“We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.” (Frank Clark)

We are extremely busy … keeping our biases alive!

The Social Exorcism is not a “Dark Middle Age” paranoid activity, but a postmodern business as well, even a more effective one, considering the powerful mass-media/propaganda tools. What we are studying now on Fascist and Communist social exorcism, others will study on our own group biases/irrational group favouritism e.g. the Brexit controversy, the 2016 US elections, the conservative-progressive cultural war, etc. (The “us” vs. “them” mentality keeps us captive to favour our own biases and stereotypes as self- fulfilling beliefs – see the minimal group paradigm by Henri Tajfel).

ingroup-outgroup

One of the history’s ironies is how easily change the labels of “us” vs. “them”, of “victims” and “executioners”, of those who are “revolutionaries” and “reactionaries”, keeping in place the same mechanism of group labelling and bias favouritism. Showing a “conservative fist” is a sacrilege and considered a homophobic and disgraceful act, while a “revolutionary/socialist” fist is a powerful message and Robert de Niro’s or Pope Francisc’s punch are valued as being cool, an aesthetic happening and a moral duty!  In the last few years I have studied a lot about how young Romanian Evangelicals are seduced to change the generational baggage, labels and biases they discover to their parents/church leaders, as a therapeutic exercise to claim their own identity. Unfortunately, what they blame to their parents’ generation is intrinsically inherited and put in value as a new virtue (subscribing to the new and fashionable biases). Not too much hope for the future! …

Armed neutrality makes it much easier to detect hypocrisy. (Criss Jami)

There is a better way! 

Jesus tells a story in Luke 18 about a Pharisee and a tax collector.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14, NIV)

Judgemental people take on an ‘us vs. them’ mentality. And not everytime it’s about “religious people” being “the hypocritical Pharisee” and “vicious” people being the “humble and honest tax collector”. As I said above, nowadays “the proud sinners” are those in charge with Moral Inquisition and religious (especially Christians)/Conservatives are those kept at the distance for their sins. 

Jesus Christ transcends this “us” vs. “them” mentality. He is not offering a Miss Universe type discourse of universal love that dissipate all barriers and polarisation (as many progressive sophists do), but instead He is operating with a painful and uncomfortable reality: we are all guilty, biased, violent, worthy to be blamed. Ironically, Jesus does not praise the Pride/Share love! self-deceiving  and self-justified movement at all: For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted (Luke 18:14). When someone is offering “love” without accepting the fact he is one of those who are worthy to be blamed for our world’s disorders and pain, then he is selling just another painkiller, a surrogate, but not medicine to cure.

Our sociopsychological  disease of “us” vs. “them” is a reminiscence of a violent tribalism and no matter how “evolved” and “civilised” we think we are, we have it engraved in our brain and in our social relations. To project this problem to one sort of public, a convenient one, is not a solution, but a prolonged disease. The only solution I see effective here is the way Christ showed us: to humble ourselves, to repent for our moral status, our kitch love we poison our brain and just abandon ourselves into the arms of the God who makes His sun rise on evil and good and He sends rain on righteous and unrighteous:

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)