Thursday, March 24, 2005

You called yourself a what now?

I'm sure y'all have heard about the recent school shooting. Jeff Wiese, the kid responsible for the tragedy, was supposedly an admirer of Hitler. Additionally, a NYT article (registration required; use Bugmenot to give 'em the finger) reports that he was apparently posting at a web forum for the "Libertarian National Socialist Green Party".

What The Fuck ?!?!?
What in the holy friggin world does that mean?
How in the bloody focking world is such a thing possible?
What twisted fuggin planet are these people from?

That is, without question, the most absurd and meaningless label I have ever encountered. Wouldn't being a "libertarian national socialist green" be kinda like being a "communist Jewish Nazi"? Or a "Mormon Hindu Atheist"? Or an "African-American KKK Buddhist"? Or a "5 legged Martian Homo Sapien"?

If you ask me, the people who posted at such a website, especially if they adore Adolf, most likely fall under the ideology of only one of those labels used above. I'll map it out for you:

Libertarian National Socialist Green

Or, if you prefer, you can call them psychopaths.

Why did they come up with such a fallacious label for themselves? Was it to defame those who call themselves libertarians or greens? Was it to give their maniacal movement an air of credibility, albeit false credibility? Whatever the reason, all I know is that their label makes my head hurt, and I haven't even resorted to doing what the little icon dude below is doing, although I thought about it.

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Blogger Isis said...

Hi freeman,

I bet that wacko label was an attempt to draw any and all political seekers, people who think they know what they are looking for (Green is cool), but really do not.

1:50 PM  
Blogger born to run said...

Well, fascists have never been the best with words (or the best with anything other than murder, for that matter). I'd say the name comes from just being that stupid.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Isis said...

I can't believe I am about to defend fascists.

born to run said that fascists have never been the best with anything other than murder, and I must disagree: during the 1930s, the Italian fascist government were amazing cultural patrons, paying artists to decorate buildings (with murals, mosaics, etc.), build buildings (or at least design them), design exhibitions, compose music, and so forth. Especially early in Mussolini's regime, the state supported artists working in a remarkably wide range of styles. Granted, the state expected them to say they were fascists, and some were genuinely, but many others merely said so to get the work. And granted, as the thirties went on, the regime's tastes ossified, for ideological reasons of course.

7:43 AM  
Blogger freeman said...

Yeah, fascists were good at promoting a false facade of do-gooderness such as with such cultural promotion and whatnot.

Furious - I'm aware that you've been doing some research on fascism recently, so I thought I'd pass along the following link. Kevin Carson posted on his blog today about a series of writings by Arthur Silber about fascism reappearing on the internet. The first 3 parts are up. Carson provides links to them as well as the essays written by David Neiwert, which you may already have read.

Arthur Silber: "I Accuse"

5:35 PM  
Blogger Isis said...

Thanks, freeman! My research tends toward the historical, but this looks really interesting.

5:40 PM  

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