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Mirroring the Supposedly Uncomfortable Mirror: Part 2

So, with that background in mind, let’s return to the question. Am I attempting to initiate a witch hunt or red scare?

Once again, it’s an issue with usage of language.  People in general are turned off by those who attempt to posit that they are more enlightened than others.  Please, check your privilege at the door, no one is more or less enlightened due to them agreeing with or disagreeing with your views.

 

The extreme rhetoric regarding me or this piece is obscuring a much larger issue. As I noted at the beginning of this essay, the information page was presented as a supplementary resource to the article about Augustus Sol Invictus, a known Fascist and New Right candidate who shares much of the same theology and practices as some of the fiercest critics of my piece.

The extreme rhetoric you are receiving is your fault because of your usage of language and the fact that you seemingly did not consult others outside of your boxed in perspective.  f you had, people would have told you, “This piece is a bit condescending, might wanna tone it down.”  There’s no problem with exiting your box and thinking outside of it.  It helps create a peaceful dialog for that I too believe is important to discuss, but not when it seems like an attack instead of an invitation.  This is why the United States has an abhorrent racial problem is because both sides of the issue are being condescending towards each other which does nothing but shy people away from the discussion.  It’s either their views are treated as Truth or else you’re publicly shamed as a racist/white genocide sympathizer.

 

There are some deeply difficult questions that we need to ask. Do the gods want us to return to ‘tribal’ societies, do the gods demand we war against Muslims and Atheists and Leftists, do the gods demand we institute strict hierarchies and authority-relationships between priests and the rest of us? And did those gods happen to notice those are the same ideas of the New Right?

You’re assuming that the Gods interventionists in human affairs.  Some of us assume that they aren’t interventionists while others believe otherwise.  I use the term “assume” because no mortal being can actually “know” what the Gods are thinking or want for us.  I assume they just want us to figure human issues out for ourselves and not have the hand of Divine Governance dictating what we should do.  That no longer implies freedom, but totalitarianism.  The Gods may call, but they can’t dictate want the ultimate outcome of humankind should be.  When those believe we are being called to dictate to our fellow human being that the Gods will must be done, then we have a theocracy and theocracies never turn out well.

While I disagree with Rhyd WIldermuth on his execution of the article he wrote, both the original and the rebuttal, I do respect his beliefs and believe his heart may be in the right place as long as he isn’t some infiltrator/witch hunt provoking tyrant.  I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt and state that Rhyd WIldermuth isn’t any of the above, but rather a person with a kind heart being vigilant of those who would tarnish the beautiful religions of Paganism for political opportunism.  And I am be wrong, who knows?  I don’t him to come to any guaranteed conclusion, but until then I stay with my belief that Rhyd is really a good guy who needs to consult more different people to look over his work.

Hail!

Mirroring a Supposed Uncomfortable Mirror: Part 1

When people say things, it tends to need a mirror held up to it and taken apart.  Perhaps this is the scientist in me to inspect the various parts of an idea or article.  Recently, this blike named Rhyd Wildermuth painted polytheists in a broad brush stroke and for good reason it sparked the ire of many polytheists.  I tackle this is my previous post, which includes a link to the article in question. Rhyd Wildermuth has posted another article titled The Uncomfortable Mirror which I will inspect and take apart.

The information page, called Confronting The New Right, was crafted by me in order to provide more information about the New Right to readers who were unfamiliar with that ideology. I consulted with several others regarding the information therein, who helped refine the language and provided additional resources; however, I claim full responsibility for its contents.

Now, I can respect someone who ends on the note that they take responsibility for their words.  I must ask, though, about those others he consulted with.  Did they not see the pompous rhetoric that was flowing?  I would say perhaps they ignored it because they agreed with it which doesn’t ever help in creating constructive dialog.  In order to do so you need to step down from the holier than thou nonsense and come at it with a full spectrum of ideas to posit to the masses.  People don’t like being talked down to nor having sweeping generalizations being made.  If I were Rhyd, I would have consulted both those who are on the Left and Right that way I establish a better understanding from differing perspectives instead of only gaining insight from one perspective.

 

While the vitriol and falsehoods contained in some of the critiques make it a little difficult to dissect their arguments, I believe they fall into three categories:
Guilt by Association: the analysis I provided directly equates Pagan and Polytheist beliefs with the New Right
Leftist Infiltration: that I am part of a leftist infiltration of Polytheist belief, and not a Polytheist myself.
“Red Scare” or “Witch Hunt”: by discussing intersections between New Right ideology and some Pagan beliefs, I am attempting to demand ideological or political purity.

I’ve read the article over and over again and it does equate Pagan and Polytheistic beliefs with the New Right.  Also, there’s the idea that being apolitical is fascistic in itself, which is nonsense.  As a practice, I keep my religion out of my politics just like I keep my religion out of science.  I think others would benefit from such an idea, but that’s me.  As a former Leftist infiltrating certain groups was always discussed and if applicable encouraged, but such an idea isn’t confined to Leftism, but also Right Wing as well.  You can’t blame people who might assume that you’re trying to dismantle Paganism by positing the idea for all of the world to see that basically all Pagan traditions are inherently fascist.  It’s bad enough that we get bad press when the media gets the chance and also the long period of climbing our way up from the abyss of history.  We have enough struggles as is and to have this hung around necks now is not fair to those of us who don’t perch our personal politics next to the statues of our Gods.  If you wish to place your politics next to the Gods, be my guest, but don’t admonish people for not doing the same by calling them closet fascists.

 

I am also not accusing all polytheists (or anyone else) of being Fascist. If I were, then I would also be a Fascist. The piece I wrote draws no equivalency between specific Pagan-aligned traditions and the New Right. Rather, I draw attention to places where New Right ideology intersects, could influence or currently influences Paganism, including the traditions I am a part of.

Language means a lot and if used properly or improperly can mean different things despite it having the same meaning to it.  I can say that I wish to kill myself, but it can differ in context.  Maybe I made an error on a test I figuratively want to kill myself and not literal.  So with that in mind, the way you utilize language needs to be observed and that’s why consulting with others outside of your boxed in world helps a great deal because then this whole mess could have been avoided.  Language, people, language!

 

Do I put my politics first? I don’t actually know what that means. Do I favor political ideology over what the gods say to me? Do I favor political action over spiritual activities? This is not a question I can answer, because in my world, they inform each other and are inextricably linked. My gods help me understand my relations to politics, and my politics helps me understand my relationship with my gods. There is no wall between them for me.

So in Rhyds world politics and religion goes hand in hand, which sounds much like the problem over in the MidEast with radicals combining religion and politics into the age old concept of theocracy.  We Pagans know what happens when theocracies occur, other beliefs seen as heresies are attacked and burned at the stake.  However, today the stake is on the internet and public/cyber shaming spectacles are becoming the new normal.  I mean if that’s how you conduct your life, so be it, but don’t shame those who are apolitical and have their religion separate from their politics.  Some of us prefer walls between our religion and politics.

 

Or did I, by gathering information about the New Right hold an uncomfortable mirror up to a tradition I am a part of? Have I violated sacred traditions, or merely revealed their political aspects?

No and no, to answer both questions.  The mirror isn’t uncomfortable because being a part of quite a few Heathen groups ( one which has been founded by a Jewish convert to our religion) and following many Heathen and Pagan blogs I have seen the arduous task of keeping the fascist element out of our beliefs.  We are being scrutinized by various groups such as Leftist ran organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center to Right wing organizations who want to prove that their Christian religion is far more moral than ours.  So, we have to, by our own means, fight against the fascist elements attempting to usurp our religion for their political advancement (sound familiar?).  While I believe vigilance is important, and that is the ultimate takeaway with Rhyds article, we certainly don’t need to be chided by those who feel like they have to be the impromptu “nannies”.

 

The ‘Red Scare’ was a time when artists, intellectuals, writers, actors, and many others were investigated by the House UnAmerican Activities Commission, led by Joseph McCarthy and influenced by J. Edgar Hoover and powerful business people. Radicals of all sorts—particularly civil rights activists—were investigated for potential associations with the Communist Party. People with suspected associations with Communist organisations or even sympathies (‘fellow travelers’) were blacklisted from trade unions, actors guilds, publishers, and many other artistic and professional organisations, effectively silencing radical voices for decades.
The Witch Trials have been variously described by many authors, but Feminist author Silvia Federici’s Caliban & The Witch perhaps best elucidates the historical and political processes which led to the arrests, trials, imprisonments, and burnings of heretics and witches.

In regards to the Red Scare and Witch Hunts, isn’t this what you have pretty done yourself with stating that anyone who is apolitical and in disagreement with your views as fascists and agents of the New Right?  I believe so. Enough said.

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Liberal Sheep, the Harbingers of Tyranny.

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Muslims Rallying for Bill de Blasio

When it comes to insanity I think Bill de Blasio is about to take the award for it.  In recent news Bill de Blasio promises to Muslims that he’ll end NYPD spying.  Yeah, I wonder how well that will turn out.  Regardless of your position on religious rights when it comes to Muslims and their lack of reigning in their jihadist brethren it’s hard to not watch them with a scruntinizing eye on a daily basis.  When they want their Sharia Law to be observed in America, kill their family members who wander outside their faith in “honor” killings and have no problems celebrating in the streets when something violent in America happens then these aren’t people who are willing to coexist peacefully.  They are the newest horde of religious fanatics from the MidEast to ravage the lands they occupy.  The Christians were the first MidEast religion to ravage lands they held.  Look at Europe from the mid-300’s on up.  People died because of their beliefs at the hands of Christians and it hasn’t been until recently that indigenous European religions are being allowed to congregate in the open.  It was just this century a few years ago where the ban on Hellenistic Polytheism was legalized in Greece.  So what part of history haven’t we been paying attention to?  True, that Christianity has lightened up a bit and has even taken the side of the Jewish people and made amends.  So, for Bill de Blasio to suggest that he will avert the eyes of the law away from Muslims is idiotic and insane.  However, if he supports the averting of spying on ordinary Americans especially the Right Wingers by the IRS, then maybe just maybe he’ll have some credibility, but I believe that’s a fantasy.

While I’m sure he considers the Tea Party movement a bunch of homegrown terrorists, lets not forget his support for the Sandinista movement, which some would also consider a homegrown terrorist group who grabbed the reins of power.  However, as is the inclination of human nature those who have the same ideologies as those who are considered terrorists would find pleasant bedfellows within these groups.  It’s much like the KKK seeing the Nazis of the 30’s and 40’s as brothers in arms despite the fact that the inbred morons that populate the KKK would be ripe for labor camps and forced sterilization by the Nazi regime.  What does this have to do with de Blasio?  His blatant hard-line socialist drone mindset.  It’s the same thing spewed by the socialist groups that ramble on and on about rights, but are willing to deny others certain rights ( ie: Tea Party right wingers their right to free speech, religious insitituions having the right to NOT marry gays..etc.).  And it is of no surprise that the Stalinist Communist Party USA has no mean words to say about him.  If the CPUSA has nothing to say then they support the candidate and that is the norm for the CPUSA since it no longer runs candidates it lends it’s support to Democrats.  I should know I used to be a member of the CPUSA.

Perhaps there’s a small chance De Blasio will do better than Bloomberg.  Maybe it’ll become a Liberal utopia or a Liberal cesspool like California is slowly becoming (ie: non-physicians performing abortions, drivers license for illegals and whatever lunatic fringe stuff Jerry Brown comes up with.)  I don’t think GOP contender would do any better either considering both are cut from the same filthy cloth.  They are politicians and maintaining their career is their first and foremost priority.  “Fuck the people, gimme my government position!”, is the motto of all politicians whether they are Left or Right.  Bill de Blasio, Lhota, none of those clowns gives a damn about you and people need to vote on that premise instead of, “Well, what can government do for me?”  The government can’t do anything for you except protect you from foreign invaders and your rights otherwise it’s all down to state governments to decide if abortion should be legal or gay marriage and even then it is up to YOU if those things are to be legal meaning YOU vote on a ballot those things.  This stuff should never be left up to government, but the people.  However, socialists like Bill De Blasio, Barrack Obama and et al want you to believe otherwise because basically they all believe you are mindless sheep to be moulded by their hands.  They snap the whip and you are supposed to say, “How high?!” is how they view you.  We are serfs to them, not equals.  So get that nonsense out of your mind.

History is not supposed to be a guidebook on how to subvert your fellow man, but rather as a warning post to those treading down the same path that the USSR, Nazi Germany, Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia under the murderous Khmer Rouge), China and North Korea went down before us.  If we can’t learn from history and simply let things go down the crumbling path we are on then I say we don’t deserve freedom.  We deserve an outcome much like the citizens of Oceania in George Orwells 1984. Total 24/7 surveillance where our lives are controlled absolutely by Big Brother and not by our own whims.  If you can’t protect freedom for you and your fellow citizen despite ideological differences then you’ve helped create Oceania in America.

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