IS THIS PROPAGANDA DANGEROUS?
The excerpt below was taken from the middle of a Guardian article that purports to prove that “alt-America” is filled with dangerous white male psychopaths.
Extrapolating from a few instances, such as Dylann Roof’s church shootings, to generalization, the Guardian mixes truth with speculation about who and what the alt-right (race realists, White Nationalists, White identitarians, and even plain vanilla conservatives and libertarians) is and what it represents.
The Guardian says the alt-right is a threat to the existence of innocent humanity. That’s what I call a smear job.
H/T to Flanders for leaving a link to this piece.
Excerpt from The Guardian
In American public life today there is an alternative dimension, a mental space beyond fact or logic, where the rules of evidence are replaced by paranoia. It is a space that has been opened up and fortified in no small part by rightwing media, and that has proven fertile ground for domestic terrorism.
Welcome to Alt-America.
Alt-America is an alternative universe that has a powerful resemblance to our own, except that it’s a completely different America, the nation its residents have concocted and reconfigured in their imaginations. In this other America, suppositions take the place of facts, and conspiracy theories, often pedalled by media outlets from Infowars to Fox News, become concrete realities. Its citizens live alongside us in our universe, but their perception of that universe places them in a different world altogether, one scarcely recognizable to those outside it.
Among other pathologies, many Alt-Americans freely fantasize, in print and on YouTube, about their desire to execute liberals, terrorists, “race mixers,” and other traitors. I call this desire eliminationism – a politics, and its accompanying rhetoric, whose goal is to excise whole segments of the population in the name of making it “healthy.”
This mindset is a common feature of authoritarianism. The Holocaust was a particularly horrifying case of eliminationist genocide perpetrated by an authoritarian regime. Eliminationist rhetoric lays the groundwork by dehumanizing, using the kind of talk that reduces human beings to vermin and diseases, such as when you hear immigrants described as “rats in a granary,” or Muslims as “a cancer” – beings fit primarily for elimination. The rhetoric gives tacit or explicit permission for the final essence, violent acts, beginning with hate crimes and escalating into mass roundups and genocide.
One of Alt-America’s most powerful and abiding effects is to displace people from a sense of concrete reality by putting them in an epistemological bubble that insulates them from facts, logic, and reason. From within this kind of bubble, objectifying other people, rendering those outside the bubble as the Other, and then demonizing them, is almost inevitable. Once other people are conceptualized this way, inflicting violence not only becomes simple but in fact may even appear to be necessary. Certainly, that is how they rationalize it.
This is the point at which Alt-America represents a real danger to American democratic institutions, threatening to displace them with a crude and frightening authoritarianism, enforced by state-sanctioned vigilantism.
They had to work in so-called Holocaust denial and they did. The traditional left is so predictable. The unspoken implication is that if you are a skeptic about any official government story, then you’re a nut job.
If we’re so dangerous, then give us our own country so that liberals can live separate and apart from us. Just because people are paranoid doesn’t mean that they don’t have reason to be so.