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Coming Of Age [Aug. 17th, 2019|10:22 am]
Tony Grist
The past wasn't better. Nor was it less complicated. Consider any period of the recent or distant past and look at the conditions under which people lived and the things that were going on. (Yes, life may have been elegant for the wealthy few during the Regency- but there was a European war in progress, people died of what are now curable conditions- Jane Austen for instance- and most people lived in conditions of serfdom or slavery.) There may have been a better time in the very far past- in Atlantis or Lemuria or the Garden of Eden- but no time you can name that belongs to the historical record was better than the present.

I'll go further. All of them were worse.

What we're going through right now is a period of transition, of accelerated change. Old certainties are failing us and we don't know what's going to replace them. We can chose to see this as frightening or full of potential. One thing that's trending- across the globe- is intolerance of oppression in all and any of its forms. The forces of oppression are fighting back- of course they are- and may score some victories along the line- but they won't win in the long term because the human spirit- which is coming of age- won't stand for it.

[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-08-17 10:31 am (UTC)
I think the glass is more full than empty -so transition yes -but opportunities with it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-17 10:36 am (UTC)
Lots of opportunities.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-08-17 11:18 am (UTC)
Period of transition - yes. Very much that.

But I guess, more the results of changing climate, of the hothouse emissions ejected 15 years ago, will set the limit to the backwards-orientated forces than will human spirit do. As most humans don't tend to think and structures and therefore don't recognize if old misery reapproaches to them only in a new garment.

For example: As many inflationary throw the term "fascism" into the arena a lot, most of them also tend to think in terms of 20-century-fascism, what its overall picture was (and even in that, they don't have a very complex understanding of it, but just very simplicistic images).

Even if it returns, it won't look like the last time. The same trick twice, this doesn't work as thought. Returning ideologies always have to adapt to the circumstances of the current time episode a bit - otherwise they won't succeed.
And so... the task here rather is "how would 21st-century fascism look like?". Which means "first lay down the structures that work behind the curtain in its background - what are the base patterns?".
That way things start to look a bit different. A bit more realistic.
The scary thing about this: You can look both left and right, whatever you want to definee both as, them both show elements of this.
This should give a friendly warning towards the simple minded which jump on every train with enthusiasm and feel like they're on a mission from God, ignoring every criticism or think that feedback is worthless, so they don't have to listen to it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-17 06:59 pm (UTC)
I try to avoid the word fascism- unless I'm talking about the 1930s. Sticking that label on modern political movements and personalities is lazy and stops us thinking about them intelligently and analytically.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-08-17 08:43 pm (UTC)
Good mentality.

I don't like the common habit to apply it to each and every thing as one pleases because, in my understanding, this time still is enough distance away from what once was the fascism of the first half of the 21st century.
Circumstances are still pretty far away from people getting delivered to factories of assembly line killing, which everybody knows about, but nobody cares or people even think it's correct to do this.
And circumstances are still relatively some distance away from random people being able to be beaten to death on the street for nothing or getting pulled out of their beds at 2 o'clock at night for random games with their lives. (And if that is one's reality, these days this is more likely to happen through structures of organized criminals which rule the town.)

Although one doesn't want to believe it perhaps, but - there's never been so much talk about an individual's human rights (especially for people who belong to a perceived minority of people).
Last century, this received much less attention and care from all fractions.
In fact, killing was so normal that barely anyone shrugged his shoulders over it.
This definitely isn't true for this century.
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