Politics and Polytheism
Happening upon a blog entry that made me do a double take: Polytheism is Fascism?! At first, my blood boiled at such an insinuation that anyone who is a polytheist is a fascist, however I collected myself, read the article Confronting the New Right and took a microscope to it. I originally did this as a response to the blog, but believe it deserves a blog entry of my own. So here it is.
I don’t consider myself Left Wing or Right Wing. I believe such labels further divide us on invisible lines that are easily blurred. For example, using myself as such, believe in Universal Healthcare and Gay Marriage, but I also believe in limited capitalism and individualism. I’ve been called a leftist by the Right and I’ve been a right winger by Leftists. Now, with that out of the way, lets begin.
“Our Decadent Society: New Right theorists criticise modern civilization as being in a state of ‘decay.’ They tend to be heavily anti-Modern and sometimes anti-civilisationist, believing that society needs to return to a more noble, healthy, and ‘natural’ order.”
Modern civilization is in a state of decay and if anyone inside and outside of polytheism can’t see that then they are willfully blind. Our society has become more separated by class, race, gender, sexual orientation and religion more than ever. We have social media, but we’re less social these days. I’m sure you need an abacus in order to count the cellphone zombies you encounter daily. Now, do I believe we should do away with modern society? Gods no, that’s romanticism at its greatest height. We will never return to such conditions ever. However, if an individual or group of individuals wish to live like their ancestors then I believe they should be given the opportunity to do so and with respect to everyone else with everyone else giving them respect in return. That’s easier sad than done though. Human beings aren’t courteous creatures. We think we know better than others.
“And while we don’t believe that every Pagan needs to believe the same way we do (that’d be really fascist of us!), we think there are some important values that any resistance to Fascism (Pagan or otherwise) should consider embracing.”
You have to give them credit for at least having being aware of what they say. No one can disagree with the fact that fascism from Left and Right needs to be confronted no matter what your ideology is. Haven’t we learned from history that discriminating against one group has a dominoe effect that leads to discrimination of others whether it’s religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, class, political ideology…etc.?
“Often times, people espousing their ideas remain unclear about their ultimate motives, often hiding their political goals behind claims that they are ‘apolitical.’ ”
This is a bully tactic by stating that people who are apolitical are often hiding political goals. How fascistic.
“what’s the hierarchy of a forest?”
Ok, this question is relatively easy to answer: First there is the Sun that provides plant life the means of energy production which leads to higher organisms such as insects and animals to feast on it which are in turn eaten by other much higher lifeforms such as humans. The higher life form dies and is composted into the dirt by a plethora of microorganisms and broken down into key nutrients which is then taken up by plants. This presents an hierarchy split into two categories: producers and consumers. Which then have their own hierarchies in the form of the various branches of the animal kingdom. Another example is the establishment of the Alpha and Omega castes within wolf packs. And there are plenty of other examples out there that show that nature does indeed impose hierarchies. However, I will concede that these hierarchies are developed for survival purposes rather than for the means of exploitation and profit mongering by greedy human beings, but to say that the natural world has no hierarchy is a misleading idea when a class in Biology shows otherwise.