Wednesday, August 21, 2019

R. Derek Black's narrative; tribalism on the far Left shadows the far right with different parameters

Here are a couple of stories concerning R. Derek Black, raised and home-schooled by a white supremacist. 
The NPR story (Sept 2018) traces his own change of heart, once he left home, but explains the roots of the ideology. 

On Monday Aug 12, Derek had an opinion piece in USA Today, page 9A, about El Paso and how his origins think about the incident.

He says his own family isn’t guiltless, and neither is Donald Trump. He also says that the W.S. “movement” is in disarray and disintegrating into lone wolf actors.

But he also refers to the successive de-platformings and even payment processor and bank account terminations which have happened not only to organizations or groups but also to individuals sometimes believed incorrectly to be associated with the “movement”.  In fact, with the individuals involved, none of them (except maybe for Richard Spencer) advocate ethnic homelands (following the model of the Middle East).  A few of them, while conservative, actually have supported LGBTQ equality.

In the post yesterday, I talked about the ideas of Herbert Marcuse, and his idea that free speech is a kind of control for those already having privilege, and that being oppressed is a virtue that justifies revolution and taking back power. The idea sounds literally like the “dictatorship of the proletariat” in Leninism, and shows a parallel between European authoritarianism in World War II (Fascism v Communism) and a comparable shadow today, where various groups claim they are entitled to take what is theirs (although the extreme right has the additional historical strike of slavery and segregation on the books).
There are disturbing situations going on known to me, where there is a lot of “guilt by association”.  I still believe that any ideology can be presented in public, even Marcuse’s, even if the latter could be dangerous to me personally.
 Black may not be quite right on the "very fine people on both sides" thing with Charlottesville;  PragerU explained that (cf blog, Aug. 11)

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