Fear…

One word that keeps coming up is fear. It seems that fear-tactics are the easiest ways to to create compliance and make others agent to power. It stimulates us to act irrational, creates alienation between people, and brings out prejudices. So how do we deal with it? Is understanding it more the best way? confronting it?
These are two opinions on fear by Napolean and Einstein. they work together in a fairly indicative way.

There are only two forces that unite men – fear and self interest.
Napoleon Bonaparte
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
Albert Einstein

jerks

some words intregue me more then others.  one thing that the dictionary reveals is the complexities, richness, and issues that concern certain words and terms.  how do i define a word that holds the meaning of so many different applications. such a word has just come up to me, the word is “jerk”.  the idea of a jerk has become a common problem in many of my favorite ideals. my definition thus far is; one who undermines and counteracts often recklessly the goals of an ethos.

now this can be applied in both uses of the word jerk, a name to call someone, and a sharp movement. both have the ability to alter the original course of movement, sometimes in a good way and sometimes in a negative way.

there are problems with this word and the definition that  i have given. in that jerks are sort of essential, in many ways they provoke questions contradictions within the established order.  in other ways a jerk is the one who uses trust and openness within an ethos as a catalyst for digression.  the authority loves jerks, jerks give power to the authority to take control away from humanity as a whole. whats troubling to me about hating jerks is that, they are proven to be a part of the voice of humanity.  dealing with jerks is a slippery slope, because the perspective of who is a jerk is completely subjective. it asks the question who is calling who a jerk?

a jerk i guess is something we may not like, sometimes we may hate them, but it’s something we have to live with.

nytimes article

Linking Theory to Violent Action

Chip Berlet

Chip Berlet is a senior analyst at Political Research Associates, a group based in Somerville, Mass., that studies extremist and authoritarian movements. He is co–author, with Matthew N. Lyons, of “Right-Wing Populism in America.”

The alleged shooter at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum spread historical white supremacist views and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories through a Web site that included the hoax document “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and a link to a Holocaust denial Web site.

The attack demonstrates why it is a mistake to ignore bigoted conspiracy theories. Law enforcement needs to enforce laws against criminal behavior. Vicious bigoted speech, however, is often protected by the First Amendment. We do not need new laws or to encourage government agencies to further erode our civil liberties. We need to stand up as moral people and speak out against the spread of bigoted conspiracy theories. That’s not a police problem, that’s our problem as people responsible for defending a free society.

Demagogues and conspiracy theorists use the same four “tools of fear.” These are 1) dualism; 2) scapegoating; 3) demonization; and 4) apocalyptic aggression.

It is the combination of demagogic demonization and widespread scapegoating that is so dangerous.

The basic dynamics remain the same no matter the ideological leanings of the demonizers or the identity of their targets. It is the combination of demagogic demonization and widespread scapegoating that is so dangerous. In such circumstances, angry allegations can quickly turn into apocalyptic aggression and violence targeting scapegoated groups like Jews or immigrants. Meanwhile, our ability to resolve disputes through civic debate and compromise is hobbled.

Apocalyptic aggression is fueled by right-wing pundits who demonize scapegoated groups and individuals in our society, implying that it is urgent to stop them from wrecking the nation. Some angry people in their audience already believe conspiracy theories in which the same scapegoats are portrayed as subversive, destructive or evil. Add in aggressive apocalyptic ideas that suggest time is running out and quick action mandatory, and you have a perfect storm of mobilized resentment threatening to rain bigotry and violence across the United States.