The Fall of the Far Right

The Fall of the Far Right

The Far Right Scene Expressed In Charlottesville Virginia and Demonstrations Around The United States And The World Represent "Peak Imbalance" Of The Ideological Spectrum To One Dictated Largely By Right Wing Policies
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In recent weeks amnesiac individuals within American society have been shocked with the realization that the US still has a Far Right embodiment consisting of groups like Nazis/Neo-Nazis, White Supremacist, Neoconfederates, and other extremely hostile ideologies. The unfortunate repercussions of this anmesic reaction is that those individuals attempt to depict those opposing these antithetical forces as somehow morally equivalent in reflecting how one goes about stopping hostile ideologies.

The one of the biggest flaw of societal groupthink existing today is that suggesting calls to take action against the rising white supremacist/far right phenomenon as somehow an anomaly of ill intent and/or people who are just "overreacting". That line of thinking is all entirely based on the assumption that it is these Far Right groups who are ideologically attempting to seize power, rather than them working towards retaining what currently exists/regressing to nostalgic times in the past. Let us not forget that within regions of the US eugenics research was extremely prominent, the German schools that eventually founded the Nazi eugenics program took inspiration off of offices and research institutes in California, Alabama, Midwestern states, etc. At Midwestern fairs in the late 19th and early 20th century there were contests, similar to animal contests, called "Fitter Families" in which families completed to see who were "superior" from a eugenics perspective; a prime example of the normalcy white supremacy used to represent in the cultures of the United States.

The last 500 years of world history has been dictated by the ideas and philosophies of white supremacist/far right ideologies from Europe and the United States. In that time we have killed hundreds of millions of our own species across the planet, triggered a mass extinction of such a scale unseen for 65 million years, and have almost fully collapsed the systems of the biosphere completely. All of these sins are attributed to each one of us by simple designation of the civilization that we live in; since we have not grown up as a society and haven't taken responsibility for our collective errors and mistakes.

If we are truly wishing to stop the violence generated by these Far Right ideologies than we must have an honest assessment of the groups, organizations, and institutions of the US to reflect on our past actions. Just as the Nuremberg trials and Tokyo trials of World War II showed humanity that "just following orders" is not a justifiable excuse for atrocities in the name of ideological pursuits; it is time for us as a civilization to acknowledge that "just following my beliefs" is just as harmful and antithetical to the human species and civilization.

The United States, whether the citizens remember and recognized it or not, was formed by a Colonial-Settler mentality that relied on Far Right philosophies like white supremacy and vigilante militias to terrorize and facilitate a structure of control that subverted entire portions our society into a sub-human existence. This past can not be forgotten when examining modern opposition movements like the Antifascist movement. It is a past that we must face and psychologically overcome with a steadfast resolve.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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Sorry People, But #BelieveWomen Is #UnAmerican

Presumption of innocence is a core American value

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There's a saying: "Lack of faith and blind faith - both are equally dangerous". Believing sexual assault accusers who are women just because they are women besides being the very definition of sexist - prejudice based on sex - is setting a harmful precedent on the way justice is served in this country. See, what this movement has done is changed justice from "prove guilt" to "prove innocence", an important and incredibly dangerous difference. Where is the due process that our Founding Fathers envisioned, fought, and died for?

Due process is an integral part of the reason why we have the United States of America. It was so important to our Founding Fathers that they included it in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eight (the Bill of Rights), and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. It galls me to see how privileged modern day feminists are - so privileged they seemingly forget the freedoms this country affords them, so they may live their life, expect liberty, and be unhindered in their pursuit of happiness.

#BelieveWomen is a vigilante movement - and with vigilante justice the innocent always hang with the guilty, one of the very reasons for due process. I've heard the argument it's better to let innocent men rot in jail than have rapist men walk free, an argument, despite being incredibly moronic and unAmerican, that would not be made if the accused was a man close to the woman's heart. Because with the change to "prove innocence", the assumption will be guilt, and a confirmation bias will be created. Whereas if the assumption is innocence, the jury must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has occurred. I understand that a high percentage of rape accusations are truthful (I believe the number is in the high 90s), but the small percentage that are not means we cannot, in good conscience, assume guilt. To assume would damn some men to a fate they do not deserve, a fate they would have to endure simply because of their sex. Any real feminist should be appalled at how sexism is implicitly encouraged in this movement.

If you choose to #BelieveWomen in spite of everything I outlined, that is your prerogative, but you must #BelieveAllWomen. If your father, husband, boyfriend, or son gets accused, you must #BelieveWomen and stand with their accuser. Any less and your feminist privilege will show. Vocal #MeToo activist Lena Dunham has already shown her privilege - accusing actress Aurora Perrineau of lying about being assaulted by her friend Murray Miller. When the going gets hard, feminists rarely stick to their principles. And sadly, feminism - and the double standards it always brings - rears its ugly head once again.

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