The Null Device

2004/4/15

Who said it: Little Green Footballs or Late German Fascist? See if you can tell your warbloggers from your Nazis. (via Ben Butler)

(Re Godwin's Law: Is it still mentioning Nazis in vain when it's about someone calling for mass sterilisation of "subhuman vermin", as opposed to advocating their text editor preferences or whatever?)

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An essay by a classical conservative in West Virginia, putting forward the case that post-9/11 American conservatism is a belief system in a state of decadence, much as liberalism was some 30 years earlier. The evidence ranges from lionisation of leaders (Reagan on Mount Rushmore anyone?) and demonisation of villains (from the Clintons and latter-day Stalins in the Democratic Party to Ann Coulter's traitor-class of liberals) to foreign-policy messianism, militarism, crony capitalism, unquestioning devotion to ideologically sound foreign powers (be they the late lamented British Empire, right-wing Catholic despots or Ariel Sharon's Israel), and indeed calls for mass conformity in the defense of "liberty". (via The Fix)

Though I'm wondering whether this "pseudoconservative" position is not somewhat of a straw man. Do most, or indeed many, self-identified "conservatives" in America subscribe to this particular ideology/demonology?

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This evening, I watched a DVD of The Believer, a US independent film from a few years ago about a young Jewish man from New York who became a neo-Nazi skinhead. It was very interesting, and explored the main character and his motivations and contradictions in good detail, without copping out and relying on clichés. (For example, it appeared that to him, anti-Semitism was a sort of negative Judaism, much as Satanism is a negative Christianity; despite (or perhaps because of) his hatred for his rejected Jewish culture, he cannot let go of it entirely; meanwhile, in an ironic touch, his girlfriend, the fucked-up and masochistically submissive daughter of neo-Nazis, ended up getting deeply into Jewish religious rituals after learning them from him, ostensibly in a "know your enemy" context.) I found it intelligent and thought-provoking. (I picked up the DVD for $7.95 from my local Video Ezy; you may be able to find it at a similar price.)

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This is amusing: Prankster renames MP3s to bizarre pr0n titles, watches as hundreds of unwitting perverts download his Led Zeppelin bootlegs. Or, there are at least 172 people on the internet curious about something titled "enraged baboon fucking a nipple factory".

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