Velvet Fascism (3): Left Masochists
Velvet fascism (4): Povertarians: Hobby-poverty.
Velvet Fascism (5): The Drag Queens of Reaction
Above are links to the first five installments of an essay on Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom. As a work-in-progress these free-form posts move lightly from one topic to the next with occasional conjunctions leading to Fromm. For the most part, the theme is that of povertarianism, the neo-feudalist assumption of self-righteous guilt and phenomenal condemnation as religious vocation, all of which leads to a gnostic asceticism and to a sado-masochistic relationship between man and man, man and Gnostic ruler, man and society, man and Nature. The thesis is that Gnostics rule by virtue of sadist manipulation the masochist majority; but they do so in a seeming non-violent fashion, a totalitarian and brutal agenda hidden under covers of social activism and benevolence, proffering a maternal embrace of all the world and its people and creatures. It is a fascism wrapped in velvet, not the fascism of jack-boots, rubber truncheons, and gulags; but the fascism, for all its surface charm and coziness, is still fascism; and that that fascism is the innate condition of Man from his earliest days, the usual state of Human life, one only recently escaped from by a small number in a small part of the world, those who enter into life as revolutionary Modernists; that fascism, being the norm, those who do not live in its condition wish to return to it, taking all others with them as they flee to the restored Middle Ages, to be one wrapped in the velvet covers of our contemporary lives as Modernists; that those who are Gnostic neo-feudalists are sadists who live by and for the "natural order" of the pre-revolutionary eras, using whatever means they may to destroy our Modernity to make again the fascist state of Man as farm animal a reality if only to satisfy the povertarian urge to sit in an Irrationalist religious universe of self-hatred, noble inquisition, and universally moral up-lifting poverty.
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