Steynian 209

He Just Aint “Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve the common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion, must be aligned with it’s objectives. Any rival identity is part of the “problem” and therefore defined as the enemy.”

~ Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism, p. 23 ~

Over Your Shoulder

The other day– as the She-Binks and I were out vacating and anniversarying (21st year of holy acrimony, thanks)– we were discussing how soft fascism has permeated the work-zone these days. You know, those community building, conflict-managing, unity-building stuff you get on weekend workshops, so you can screw over (and sideline) the opposition, while coddling the majority and getting them to get with the actual pre-packaged program of the moment. Such ‘management techniques’ have infected the churches, business, politics, academia, and wider society for years, under the cuddly guise of making things better and getting along and fuzzy kittens and stuff.

It’s a velvet-covered bulldozer, and anybody who has been to a meeting or committee run with such ‘techniques’ knows how it works: get on board, or get out of the way. Neither truth nor reason matter; facts don’t matter; fairness doesn’t matter; past failures don’t matter; reality doesn’t matter– as long as the process unfolds smoothly, uber alles.

T’would be handy if all the soft-fascism was only about the HRCs, but the truth is rather more complicated. As Jonah Goldberg points out, totalitarianism is a temptation for all of us, whether we like it or not, good intentions or not. Democracy is all about protecting us from one another, as well as from those who would elect themselves as our betters.

Watch for it.

Binks

P.S. Mrs. Binks, Sweety Sweetissimus: this is for you.


Mark Steyn

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Ezra

~ EZRA HAS A QUESTION: “Do you think I should be jailed?” …. (ezralevant.com)

~ A CRAZED BLOGGER! Thanks to my webmaster …. (ezralevant)

~ MEDIA COVERAGE of the human rights commission story …. (ezralevant.com)

~ PROUD CANADIANS: Two for freedom …. (ezralevant.com)

~ ONCE UPON A TIME: “Ezra and the Beanstalk?” …. (scaramouche)

FreeSpeechers

~ WARNING! You have entered a CHRC Moderated Zone …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ DEBORAH GYAPONG— Protecting our human rights?; Great minds think alike …. (deborahgyapong.blog)

~ THE MIGHTY PETE VERE: Free Speech in Canada. also here …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ MACLEANS MAG— Not backing down: “Stifling free speech — globally. A coalition of Islamic states is using the United Nations to enact international ‘anti-defamation’ rules” …. (macleans.ca)

~ WHO’S A BIGGER dhimmi?: These clueless Christians? Or these clueless Jews? …. (scaramouche)

~ ORWELL’S PICNIC— “Whew! Glad that’s over .. Binky has stopped linking to me for the moment and we can get back to normal”.. oh no! “What are all you people doing here?!” Just go read everything: it’s funny, thoughtful, acerbic, and stuff. This is pithy: “After a while, pointing out the logical inconsistencies of the Newfangled People can be something like a sport and quite entertaining” …. (anglocath.blog)

~ MERE COMMENTS: “You See, Religious Groups Shouldn’t be Seen or Heard –This article from the Sunday London Times, beginning with the problem of Muslim extremists, lays out the compelling logic for a severe separation of church and state, meaning religion from any public appearance, essentially” …. (merecomments)

~ LOOKING RIGHT BACK: “Watch The Watchers Watching The Watched” …. (steynian)

~ WHAT SOFT-FASCIST RELIGION SOUNDS LIKE— “The kingdom of heaven is like 650 bishops marching through the streets of this city a couple of days ago, insisting that together we can end global poverty, if we have the will to do it.” – Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefforts-Schori, preaching the Deist gospel at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields in London.” We can do it.. a whole new world now, made in our image and likeness! Utopia! Full speed ahead! …. (reformedpastor)

~ MARGARET WENTE: Cartooning And Islam Don’t Mix …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ PUNDITA GOES ON strike but the party is still on …. (pundita.blog)

~ HOW WE GOT HERE— Victor Davis Hanson: What does it mean when the “Me Generation” conceives, proposes, and establishes policy? “The ’60s Won’t Go Away” … “By now, we’ve grown accustomed to elites railing about America’s pathologies from the comfort of their own privilege — along with the usual ’60s-style apologies that their own lives don’t need to match their rhetoric, and that we should just concentrate on their near-divine messages” …. (vdh)

~ NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT!– “In “Not Without a Fight” (Ethics and Public Policy Center, July 14, 2008] Stanley Kurtz offers hope for beleaguered Canadians fighting the “human” face of fascism, in the guise of the “human rights” commissions” …. (post-darwinist.blog)

~ SHOTGUN BLOG: “Are Conservatives — and conservatives — really the friends of liberty some make them out to be?” …. (shotgun)

~ ART-CRIMES: “Dutch cartoonist arrested for rude cartoons” …. (post-darwinist.blog)

~ WHACKING actual Hitler-apologists: “Victor Davis Hanson and Christopher Hitchens take on the World War II revisionists” (video) …. (nationalreview)

~ VIA ACTION DINO— “Kicked Arse” yet again, what he’s really thinking …. (MaD)

~ WHY DOES FLAMING Catbox hate us? Why? …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ THE BANSHEE SHAIDLE: “This blog is now 8 years old” …. (fivefeetoffury)

~ CRUNCHY-FASCISM— “Heil, Suzuki!” And an enviro-site via Kate@ SDA, “In a luridly-designed website, mimicking the style of “yoof” cartoons, it offers a bundle of downloads, including a pack of “climate crime cards“, urging its recruits to spy on families, friends and relatives, inviting each of them to build up a “climate crime case file” in order to help them ensure their putative criminals do not “commit those crimes again (or else)!” …. (girl-in-blue.blog, sda)

~ BAD IDEAS, ON STEROIDS— “Meet your new National Security Review Committee… courtesy the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Laws to protect human rights urged for Canada’s security agencies says Canadian Human Rights Commission” …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ OO! A HATE-CRUISE with Steyn, Kimball, Bork, and more! Get plumpand narrow-minded with some of the best brains on the planet on the New Criterion Cruise 2009 …. (tnccruise.com)

~ LAWCOOLIS— “In Defense of Free Speech”.. except Mark Steyn …. (lawiscool.com)

~ EN FRANCAIS— Analyse: Si la laïcité recule en Turquie, les droits des femmes reculeront, par Ozer Aksoy. “La présidente de la Fédération des associations turques canadiennes et vice-présidente du Turkish World Congress répond à un article naïf du Globe and Mail sur la question du foulard en Turquie. Selon elle, “le monde occidental ne semble pas être au courant de la menace immédiate et grave qui pèse sur les droits des femmes en Turquie. Le foulard est un symbole indubitablement politique. Il n’y a pas un seul exemple d’un pays musulman où les droits des femmes ont progressé d’un iota après que la religion ait été politisée”.” …. (pointdebasculecanada)

~ SUPPORT the Free Speech Protection Act …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

~ DON’T HATE ME because I’m hateful! Robert Spencer on Muslims and “hate speech” laws …. (rightwingnews)

~ BILL WHATCOTT arrested at the University of Calgary …. (freedominion.com)

~ THE ECONOMIST— The brave new world of e-hatred …. (economist.com)

~ WHAT’S WORSE – Hate Crime Or Violent Crime? …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ COWARDICE – The Greatest Threat To Our World …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ VERBOTEN! “You know with the left turnabout is never fair play, but Bush was compared to a chimp” …. (MaD)

~ SATIRE’S NOT DEAD, IT’S JUST SLEEPING— “On the Canadian-born illustrator behind the recent New Yorker cartoon controversy and toothless satire” …. (macleans.ca)

~ CBC NOW SENDING OUT socialist emails while on our Tax dollars, fewer employees could fix it …. (MaD)

~ THE ALBERTA PARTY has a great plan for the Human Rights Commissions …. (blazingcatfur.blog)

~ NANNY-STATE …. (am770chqr)

~ SOFT-FASCIST MESSIAH— “Citizen Bambi and other “one-worlders”: Frank Gaffney warns us about transnationalists—“citizens of the world” (really, Utopian mush-brains/useful idiots) who long to tame the world’s only superpower and make it submit to a higher authority (which, go figure, happens to be the Islamists’ agenda, too)” …. (scaramouche)

~ WHITEWASH, BRAINWASH— Canadian Universities intolerant of diversity; and “Academic Freedom? What Academic Freedom?” …. (MaD, forlifeandfamily)

~ MORAL FOG, and the Smoglympics: (cough, cough)– “That’s the sound of international athletes, gasping to catch their breath in the Beijing smog. The atmospherics at the Olympics have long been polluted, but this year it’s like the the miasma surrounding the corrupt IOC has been reified and become manifest in the Chinese air” …. (scaramouche)

~ JAGO TO BLOGGERS: “Which newspaper are you?” …. (rjjago)

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Jihad

~ DUST MY BROOM: “A virulent al-Qaida website has issued a new call for followers to kill Canadians and other westerners and attack oil and economic targets” …. (DmB)

~ CANADIANS sue over Hizbollah attacks in Israel …. (speroforum)

~ WIDDLE IDDY BIDDY BABY KHADR: “There’s a name for people who take up arms against their country” …. (ghostofaflea)

~ SOFT-JIHAD: how it works, or: three cheers for the terrier instinct, by Roger Kimball …. (newcriterion.com)

~ WHAT, NO BOYCOTT? “The international community has pledged $8 billion in aid to the Palestinians. Now a Palestinian human rights agency has detailed systematic torture carried out by the ‘moderate’ Fatah in the West Bank as well as by Hamas in Gaza”.. but of course the genteel racism of Western elites means that arabs are held to a much lower standard than the rest of humanity …. (spectator)

~ BRING KHADR To Canada? We Did That Twice Already! (Not Once But Twice!) …. (forlifeandfamily.blog)

~ MURDER IN THE FAMILY— Muslim Honor Killings in America: FoxNews Special, July 26, 2008 …. (somebodyhelpme)

~ SPECTATOR: Melanie Phillips on “Britain’s monstrous sleep of reason” …. (spectator)

~ NEW AL-QAEDA Video Urges Killing of Wahhabi King for Meeting With Pope Benedict …. (Wz)

~ IDIOTIC LIBERAL CHRISTIANS ADVISE: Iran? Harmless as a Kitten …. (reformedpastor)

~ RELIGION of explosions: There they go again, externalizing that peaceful personal struggle—in Iraq; in Turkey; in India …. (scaramouche)

~ IT’S NOT JUST THE MUSLIMS: Christians Play the Victim Card, Too …. (pajamasmedia)

~ IN OUR MISERY, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred …. (MaD)

~ REPORT: AIDS Epidemic Hits Iran’s “Holy Cities” …. (mypetjawa)

~ WANTED: Muslim-Friendly Prosecutors …. (gatesofvienna.blog)

~ STOP THE ACLU: “Life and Death, Liberty and Oppression” …. (stoptheaclu)

~ ZIONISTICAL EVIL! Obama: Servant of the Jewish Conspiracy. More …. (frontpagemag, adl.org)

It All Makes Sense!™

~ ISLAM: the blight on the West …. (MaD)

~ OFTEN ON THE SHIRE NETWORK NEWS “podcast, we’ll satirize extremist Islam by reading a new story and replacing the word “Muslim” with the word “Christian”. Upon hearing this, the listener (it is hoped) understands how really extreme extremist Muslims are because, for all the similar and worse treatment Christians are accustomed to, you never hear about mass groups of extremist Christians beheading someone who drew an unflattering cartoon of Jesus” …. (thepaytons.org)

~ INDONESIA: Muslims Storm Christian School in Jakarta, 265 Injured …. (Wz)

~ UH– YEAH, OK THEY DID THAT STUFF— “ACLU Admits Clients Contributed to Terror Organizations Yet Still Represent Them” …. (rightwingnews)

~ SAD TO SAY, Religious intolerance rife in Saudi schools – report…. (arabianbusiness)

~ ANOTHER CORPORATION Submits to Sharia: Wachovia Bank Will Offer Prayer Rooms and Islamic Foot Baths.. “Bank of America, IBM, and Glaxo apparently have done the same or plan to, and so sharia creeps in North Carolina and corporate America. Did it only take two Muslim employees to force two of the worlds largest banks to succumb to sharia?” …. (Wz)

~ NEW YORK JIHAD Birthday Invitations Warn of Terror Threat In Lower Manhattan …. (blogfreeworld)

~ LOOKIE THERE! Report: Funding for Indian Bombings Came From Saudi Arabia Britain …. (Wz)

~ THE MORE THINGS CHANGE.. “In 1280, the Jewish philosopher Ibn Kammuna criticized Islam in his book Examination of the Three Faiths, he concluded that people usually convert to Islam from ulterior motives. Life under Mongol rule surely concentrated the mind” …. (ghostofaflea)

~ MALAYSIA: Sharia Court Sentences Four Men to Jail for Cross-Dressing …. (Wz)

~ BRITAIN HAS A GREAT REASON to end Muslim immigration …. (timeimmortal)

~ WEB-JIHADIST employed by federal contractor– Communications worker says dead GIs ‘bring great happiness to me’ …. (wnd)

~ SPAIN: Doctors Remake Clitoris to Women who had suffered FGM …. (blogfreeworld)

~ HEAVY METAL ISLAM: “Heavy metal—as in Def Leppard and Megadeth, not machetes and hijacked airliners used as giant projectiles. Who knew the former was popular in the Islamic world?” …. (scaramouche)

~ TODAY’S Islamophobic post! …. (fivefeetoffury)

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