Hate Sells category archive
At Psychology Today Blogs, Arash Javanbakht explores the “politics of fear.” A snippet:
Politicians and the media very often use fear to circumvent our logic. I always say the U.S. media are disaster pornographers – they work too much on triggering their audiences’ emotions. They are kind of political reality shows, surprising to many from outside the U.S.
When one person kills a few others in a city of millions, which is of course a tragedy, major networks’ coverage could lead one to perceive the whole city is under siege and unsafe. If one undocumented illegal immigrant murders a U.S. citizen, some politicians use fear with the hope that few will ask: “This is terrible, but how many people were murdered in this country by U.S. citizens just today?”
Republicans no longer have a “political party.”
They have a hate group, and the sad truth is that hate sells.
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And this surprises you how?
At The Seattle Times, a holocaust survivor sees parallels between Germany then and the Unites States now. Here’s a bit of the letter he sent to his Senators and shared with columnist Jerry Large:
In our time, he wrote, “The neo-Nazis and the KKK have become more prominent and get recognition in the press. We are all familiar with Trump’s remarks against all Muslims and all Mexicans. But there has not been anything as alarming as the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump’s Chief Strategist. Bannon has, apparently, made anti-Semitic remarks for years, has recently condemned Muslims and Jews and he and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the pick as National Security Adviser, advocate the political and cultural superiority of the white race. At the same time Trump is trying to control the press.”
Wassermann wrote that the entire Nazi ideology is in place and wonders how far it will go here. “We can hope that our government of checks and balances will be more resistant than the Weimar Republic was. Don’t count on it.”
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Do not follow the link if you wish to pretend to yourself that today’s events are politics as usual.
Badtux points out that nothing beats calling something new and improved, when all that’s new and improved is the label. A snippet:
The Breitbart gang that Trump has around him? They’re smart. They realized that being a neo-Nazi wasn’t cool anymore, what with all those Hitler salutes and such, so they re-branded themselves as “alt-right” and removed the obligate (sic) Nazi paraphernalia from their brand. And it worked!
(Open tag fixed.)
At The Roanoke Times, Maurice S. Fisher explains the differences. Here’s a bit (emphasis added):
. . . hate is not a mental illness. Hate is learned and it’s behavioral manifestations of bigotry and prejudice are socialized in people when they are young by the adults who reared them. To be sure, inculcating hate in young children has the effect of weakening their minds. For example, weak-minded people are susceptible to white supremacist ideology because it has the power to make these individuals feel less worthless and inadequate. Historically, white supremacy has been attractive to disenfranchised white men, because it gives them a cause to rally around. Said differently, hate is a family value for many — the in-group is solidified by hating the out-group. There is no biological basis for hate; it, too, is learned.
I don’t think the demarcation is quite as sharp as Mr. Fisher makes it. Nevertheless this is a newspaper column, not a scholarly work, and he has a point.
Hate may sometimes be an outgrowth of illness, but it is also its own thing with its own dynamic. If hate is an illness, almost the entirety of the white South has been mentally ill and needing to be put in a “home” since 1619.
In related news, Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes down those who would pretend that Dylan Roof was not motivated by pure racism.
In The Guardian, Ed Pilkington ruminates on the rationale for Utah’s return to the firing squad and America’s fascination with the death penalty.
Just read it.
The polite always act like gentlemen.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1OjItMd ) that 24-year-old Christopher John Clarida was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon after a gun he had discharged about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday outside Derriere’s Gentleman’s Club.
Why the hell would one need a firearm at a strip club? Oh, I forgot. There’s a reason it’s called ammosexuality.
Kevin Horrigan comments on fear and the mongers of fear. A nugget:
Unreasonable? You say my fears are unreasonable? That all we have to fear is fear itself? I fear fear itself, but I fear lots of other things, too. Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, that’s the ticket. I fear all the things Republican politicians say I should be fearing.
To judge from the news, we Americans are the most fearful people on Earth. We’ve come to be proud of how afraid we are, strapping on our guns and parading through the streets.
Southern Beale sums up the hysteria, which, you will note, is being ginned up by the usual right-wing fear mongers.
It is truly amazing to hear the same people who bitched and moaned about how TSA body scanners at U.S. airports violated their civil rights now attack nurse Kaci Hickox for not submitting to a 21-day house arrest on her return from Africa.
We are a society of stupid.
I was agin’ the body scanners, mostly because I considered them a waste of money and effort, silly security theatre, not because I thought they violated civil liberties. Civil liberties are no more; corporations have stolen them. For example (via Bruce Schneier):
Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader—an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending libraries—actively logs and reports every document readers add to their local “library” along with what users do with those files. Even worse, the logs are transmitted over the Internet in the clear, allowing anyone who can monitor network traffic (such as the National Security Agency, Internet service providers and cable companies, or others sharing a public Wi-Fi network) to follow along over readers’ shoulders.