Softcore fascism and the policies of Trump

There have been a variety of fascist dictators, and not all of them are Hitler or Mussolini.
One could argue that fascism exists on a scale of severity. I'd like to propose one here.
    Scale of Fascist Regimes:
  1. Straussian/Neoconservative (ex. United States under George W. Bush).
  2. Quasi-Democratic (ex. Italy under Silvio Berlusconi, New York City under Rudolph Giuliani).
  3. Softcore Fascist (ex. Chile under Augusto Pinochet, Singapore under the People's Action Party).
  4. Hardcore Fascist (ex. Italy under Benito Mussolini).
  5. Genocidal/Megalomaniacal Fascist (ex. Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler).
Trump is showing himself to be on the border of №1 and №2. Depending on how much he consolidates power under the Executive Branch, he could develop into a full-blown №2 or even straddle the line between №2 and №3. The worst-case scenario for Trump that I can see so far is that his administration develops into a №3, but that would require nothing short of a new 9/11 and a national state of emergency complete with purges of ideological opponents and extreme consolidation of federal and executive power.
For now, though, we shouldn't worry about that. Our main focus should be on preventing Trump from graduating to №2 and preventing the negative effects of his current policies.

The alt-right mind

It's basically paranoia.
I know that, based on my involvement with deep politics research, I must be a 'crazy conspiracy theorist' and I shouldn't be allowed to talk about this, but there's quite a difference between 'the government is spying on people and has major roles in terrorism' and 'everyone who looks different from me or has a suspiciously Ashkenazi-sounding name is part of a conspiracy to destroy my gene pool'.
Remember when Trump retweeted that image macro from 'WhiteGenocideTM', based in 'Jewmerica'? Believe it or not, the alt-right actually thinks that non-white immigration combined with female promiscuity is a Jewish plot to destroy the 'white race' through outbreeding and crossbreeding. These are a few of the alt-right's obsessions: white identitarianism, immigration, miscegenation, promiscuity, and Jews.
The alt-right gets its origin in two primary sources: the white nationalist wing of the paleoconservative movement and the neoreactionary movement.
The first believes itself to be the legitimate successor to the Old Right from before World War II, in contrast to the moderate social conservatism, economic cronyism, and vehemently anti-communist foreign policy that defines mainstream conservatism. Some parts of paleoconservatism also go beyond the fetishism for Western civilisation to argue that such a civilisation is only possible for the white European gene pool. This is why many alt-rightists have an obsession with crime statistics and intelligence studies, as well as 'debunking' environmental determinism and other (better) explanations. (If you're interested in refuting these claims yourself, try Francisco Gil-White's magnificent online book Resurrecting Racism.)
Neoreaction, on the other hand, believes itself to go beyond conservatism altogether; rather than wanting to return to limited Constitutional government (or the paleoconservative interpretation of such), they want to replace it altogether with monarchy, technocracy, or some other odd scheme. HBD (human biodiversity; essentially repackaged eugenics) and whatnot also play a major role in this ideology, but the main focus is on reviving archaic forms of authoritarianism.
It's also important to note that many alt-rightists transitioned to the alt-right from anarcho-capitalism, a form of libertarianism that holds that the most logical interpretation of the non-aggression principle (N.A.P.) implies anarchy. Most anarcho-capitalists are not socially reactionary, though Murray Rothbard converted to right-wing populism and racism in his last years and Hans-Hermann Hoppe has certainly done quite a bit to push some anarcho-capitalists in such a direction with his extreme anti-immigration beliefs and support for the 'physical removal' of perceived 'degenerates' from society.
The belief in Western civilisation is at the core of the alt-right; the belief in aristocracy is at the core of neoreaction. What is at the core of the alt-right?
The rejection of equality in all its forms.
One of the reasons many traditional conservatives, including secular conservatives, are pro-life is the foundational belief in the dignity of human life. To the conservative mind, hierarchies exist for the benefit of all involved; those at the top use their power to help those at the bottom and those at the bottom work in exchange. Alt-rightists do not share this view, and believe that those at the top are not obliged to do anything for those at the bottom. Wagner's words ring true for the alt-right: 'History proves that man is a beast of prey. The beast of prey conquers countries, founds great realms by subjugation of the other subjugators, forms states and organizes civilizations in order to enjoy his booty in peace…Attack and defence, suffering and struggle, victory and defeat, domination and servitude, all sealed with blood; this is the entire history of the human race…'
It is their rejection of this ideal which allows the alt-right to claim that people such as Ted Cruz are leftists or 'cuckservatives'. While to a moderate conservative or liberal eye Cruz appears to be very far to the right with his theocratic mandates and love of crony capitalism, the alt-right can dismiss him as in bed with the left simply because he believes in the concept of equality before the law.
In order to agree with the alt-right, you must believe that your ethnicity is going extinct, that you are opposed on all sides by people that hate you, and that everyone who isn't at least a civic nationalist is aiding and abetting your demise. Black people that you run into? They want to kill you and take everything you have. Mexican guys walking down the street? They're coming for your wife and kids. Two gay guys kissing? Degenerates polluting your mind and the minds of everyone around them. An Asian man and his white girlfriend? A race traitor providing evidence that whites are dying out. Your nice Jewish doctor? Member of an elite ethnicity trying to take over the world.
This sounds insane. That's because it is. Doesn't preclude the alt-right from believing it.
I've talked to people who believe in shapeshifting reptilians who are not as paranoid or crazy as alt-rightists. Most people willing to believe in shapeshifting reptilians are also willing to admit they may be wrong; this is not true of the alt-right, who buy into racialist pseudoscience entirely. Worse, they tend to be rather skilled in rhetoric, so that when an unsuspecting person reacts to their racism by saying 'What the fuck are you talking about, you fucking racist?' they can use infographs and rhetoric to make it look like they're fact-based and rational when the data they're using is wildly inaccurate and subject to misinterpretation.
To the alt-right, it's a scary, dark world outside of their basements. Everyone is plotting against them. Every look at a woman, a black person, a trans person confirms this to them. Their idea of the 'red pill' precludes them from changing their beliefs until they take a long, hard look at them.
Of course, the real red pill is being able to change your beliefs based on new evidence and not shoehorn the evidence into your ideology.

Geoism and left-libertarianism: a proposal for pan-voluntaryism

I've written and podcasted about the alt-right before, but no doubt Hillary Clinton helped bring it to wider attention with her speech last Thursday.
Unfortunately, she went after the wrong targets: instead of Richard Spencer, who openly calls for 'peaceful ethnic cleansing' of America (and even coined the term 'alternative right'), or Jared Taylor, who manipulates and misrepresents race-related statistics in his advocacy for white nationalism, or hell, even Andrew Anglin, a self-described Nazi, she went after...Milo Yiannopoulos with his trolling and Alex Jones of all people. And most bizarrely, she stated that the person controlling all of this is Vladimir Putin. (Of course, she's ultimately a neocon at heart, so she'll always find a way to antagonise Russia.)
She did get at Steve Bannon, Trump's new campaign CEO, however. It is true that Breitbart (where Bannon was chairman until recently) has open links to white supremacists, going so far as to post a video made by a white supremacist promoting the 'white genocide' meme (something else mentioned by Hillary) and blaming the refugee crisis on the Jews. (They had to do major damage control for this, saying that Jewish support for helping refugees is 'paradoxical'.)
Now, looking at alt-right figures and discussions, it's easy to see that it's a sort of coalition or big tent movement including, in the words of Greg Johnson describing the magazine that coined the term, 'race realism, White Nationalism, the European New Right, the Conservative Revolution, [radical] Traditionalism, neo-paganism, agrarianism, Third Positionism [i.e., fascism], anti-feminism, and right-wing anti-capitalists, ecologists, bioregionalists, and small-is-beautiful types.'
So there's a lot of intellectual diversity, but it mostly boils down to 'I'm white, I'm proud, and I'm angry'. That's the only central principle.

Now, why include so much time discussing the alt-right in a post titled 'Geoism and left-libertarianism: a proposal for pan-voluntaryism'?
Because pan-voluntaryism is my proposal for a counter to the alt-right.
It must be centred around two basic principles, held in balance:
  1. Society should be organised on a voluntary basis.
  2. In order for a true voluntary society to exist, there must be universal equality of opportunity.
But how will these two ideas be reconciled? Simple: I got the idea both from my friend Bob and from this blog, which is definitely going in my blogroll.
Basically, I would like to see a coalition of geolibertarians, mutualists, left-wing market anarchists, agorists, left-leaning anarcho-capitalists, left-libertarians, social minarchists, panarchists, and other anti-authoritarians who hold these two principles in common. These forces combined can produce podcasts as eloquent as Freedomain Radio, Web shows as slick as Red Ice Live, blogs as biting as The Right Stuff or as patrician as Radix Journal, and memes as viral as (((echoes))) or 'cuck'.
Come on, my friends. Together, we shall grab the Overton window and give it a tremendous shove upward toward liberty!

(Some aspects of this will be discussed in today's and tomorrow's episodes of Frequency Resonance Radio.

Left-minarchism: a proposal

Conservatives say that government is too big and that we need to shrink it. (I might add that they hypocritically want to expand the military while downsizing the rest.)
Progressives say that government is too small and that we need to expand it to take care of the people.
I personally believe that they're both right, but that their respective solutions are terrible.

Drawing on the non-aggression principle (NAP) and its corollary the non-violence principle (NVP), as well as the geoist axiom that natural resources cannot be owned, I propose that:
  1. The current government should be replaced with a minimal state.
    1. The executive branch should be restricted to maintaining law and order and providing the common welfare.
    2. The judicial branch should do its duties in securing justice.
    3. The legislative branch should be made up of a series of councils of up to 5,000 people, divided by district, then county, then state, then federal. Decisions should only be unanimous.
  2. The current welfare system should be replaced with a universal, unconditional basic income scheme.
  3. The government should be funded through the only just taxes: the natural-resources value tax and the 100% estate tax (as nobody can own anything when they're dead).

This should make for a very satisfactory and liberty-abiding government.
I might write more on this later, but for now I'm tired.

Problem-reaction-solution, the Overton window, and the reversive blockade

Picture an adjustable window, like the ones seen in old Bugs Bunny cartoons. This window can be shifted upward and downward. Upward means more freedom, and downward means less freedom. At the very top and bottom of the window, we have 'acceptable' ideas, followed by 'sensible', then 'popular', then, smack-dab in the middle, 'policy'. Outside the window, both above and below, lie 'radical' and 'unthinkable' ideas. This window can be shifted upward and downward. This is what is known as the 'Overton window'.
The Overton window of present Western society is currently very much down, although in alternative circles, it's much higher. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were even further down.
The problem-reaction-solution strategy is based on the Overton window. By introducing a problem, the reaction shifts the window downward. 9/11 helped the elite slam it downward hard. Previously radical authoritarian ideas like mass surveillance became official policy with the USA PATRIOT Act, and previously unthinkable ideas such as violent Islamophobia became very popular.
The Overton window has since shifted slightly back toward freedom, but only in certain circles. There's still not that much of an uproar about the continued NSA spying, for instance, even though it was the story of the month back in June 2013. A lot of people have even forgotten who Snowden is, rather depressingly, and a vocal number of the few who still remember think of him as a 'traitor'.
Donald Trump and his alt-right followers are helping shift the window even further down. With dangerous positions including mass deportation, mandatory identification of Muslims, and full support for both reinstating the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA, they're shifting the Overton window toward authoritarianism more and more. The right-wing master troll, weev, has explicitly stated his plan is 'widening the Overton window until genocide is politically acceptable.'
Political Ponerology speaks of a technique used by psychopaths labelled the 'reversive blockade'. This is when a psychopath insists repeatedly on an extreme viewpoint or a blatant lie in order to force the normal mind to find the alleged 'truth' in the middle. For instance, we know that Tellus (Earth) is an oblate spheroid—mostly round, but compressed at the top and bottom. A psychopath may insist that Tellus is completely flat just to provoke a reaction. As they insist and insist against all evidence, even though a scientist may be in the vicinity arguing that Tellus really is an oblate spheroid, the normal mind, using Bayesian reasoning and the 'golden mean' heuristic, may conclude that Tellus is actually flat to some decent degree.
The reversive blockade is used by the pathocracy in political discourse to shift the Overton window toward less freedom in tandem with the problem-reaction-solution formula. The solution is often offered with the reversive blockade technique: on one 'extreme', keep current freedom; on the other, obliterate it entirely. Most normal citizens will select a 'middle ground' between freedom and tyranny, thus allowing the window to be shifted downward.
For instance, returning to 9/11, the pathocrats suggested drastic measures such as a total shutdown of communication or even martial law. The opposing side was one that wanted to preserve civil liberties and deal with the attacks using normal means, or even people who suspected the government itself might have been involved. (This latter group has been vindicated repeatedly.) Instead, the USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law and Afghanistan was invaded—which was the initial plan all along.
This all goes to show that power is psychological. If every American refuses to accept what their government is doing tomorrow, the regime loses all of its power. It's all what Robert Anton Wilson called a 'Bavarian fire drill'—you condition people as to the signals of authority and they'll obey. But peaceful regime change happened in India in 1947 and in the former Czechoslovakia in 1989. All it takes is for enough people to resist the programming and to stand up, and the reign of terror is over.

Eva Gnostiquette

Eva Gnostiquette
My name is Eva Gnostiquette.
I'm a multimedia artist, podcaster, game developer, programmer, and aspiring physicist and neuroscientist. I'm a Gnostic druid.
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