Fascism Never Goes Anywhere

The Code of Hammurabi is the oldest set of laws that have survived the millennia and it reads as a pretty much fascist handbook. Every slight against the =state is punishable by death, having your nose cut off and other memorable legal acts of violence.

The Circus Maximus in Rome was a completely fascist  concept and survived on domination, conquest and slavery.

After the Second World War 70,000 paid up members of the Nazi party were allowed to go free and you can find some of them recorded telling audiences where they went wrong and how to get it right next time.

The new Nazi’s marching in America surprise no one who knows American history. The thinking that created them in prevalent in Australia and right across the Arab world. The chauvinism  that is prepared to denigrate all other life in a thirst for personal status. The lust to be in control. The need to in command. And the horrific voyeurism to be the one who walks away from a  massacre. To see blood flowing and for it not to be ours.

We excuse this fascism in our movies, in our fairy stories, in our national myths. We excuse it in our politics when we talk of ‘other countries’ as if we were not one race with many cultures.


Where are the leaders who have a certain tyranny in their minds, which translates into  authoritarianism, but when they have served their agreed time go and live quiet lives, out of the limelight, and let others do the work? Where are the thinkers whom we all look up to and admire for the clarity of their thoughts? Are we so bereft of intellect that poorly spoken, intellectually challenged singers and entertainers are the whole of all we can quote, all we can follow, all we can talk about?

And yet the Circus Maximus in Rome, the first born of the fascist state in Europe, was built for the entertainment value in shedding blood, not for the polity? Did Pericles, to show Athenian power, did not build homes for the disabled but a temple. Do kings and queens not laud themselves in pomp as a spectacle?

Human beings experience each other and nature. That is what we do and what defines us in our dimensional existence. And that experience is a series of actions that builds up in our lives and rules us, becoming are our ethics. Wherever we are, whoever we are, we all have ethical considerations and yes, they are all different for all that religions try to make then uniform.

But you cannot impose the idea of self upon an individual. All you can do is assuage the selfishness within them, and it is that which gives us strength.

The selfless person is the strongest human being known. They are the people who give up power when it is right to do so and take up power only if it is right for them to do so and not because they can. They are the people who build for the weak and ridicule the selfish in their every action. They are the true kings and queens of us all.

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