Skip to comments.The New Man-Do we have the resolve to defeat the new totalitarians?
Posted on 03/21/2019 5:28:43 AM PDT by SJackson
The 20th Century was the era of the new man, and leftist leaders are preaching the same failed sermon again today. From Mussolini to Mao, the totalitarians of both left and right recognized that their ideologies required a basic change in human nature. Italian fascism, emerging from the Great War, insisted that the heroes of the battlefield were the only ones qualified to lead Italy to new glories. As time passed, Mussolini maintained that it was imperative to train a new generation, with the qualities demonstrated by the war fighters, to govern the country. Fascist Italy needed a new kind of human being, a new fascist man. This imperative gave rise to the well-known fascist institutions, from ideologically-driven schools to youth organizations and paramilitary bands, as well as the mass rallies that fused individual Italians into a fascist mob.
Mussolini set the model for the others. Hitler permitted only Aryans to hold high office, and though this practice was often observed in the breach (Goering famously quipped, I decide who is an Aryan"), it was certainly official doctrine, and was relentlessly preached to the German people. Like the fascists, the Nazis herded the people into officially approved groups, from the Hitler Youth to the schools and the many ideological bands. Hitler ritualized the relationship between leader and masses in his famous rallies. You can see the dynamic in the celebrated film The Triumph of the Will.
Stalin officially called for the creation of a new socialist man, stripped of bourgeois thought and habits. This required extensive indoctrination, both in didactic settingsschools and Communist Party meetings and discussions--and in the interminable speeches from the rulers.
It is therefore no surprise that perhaps the most brilliant book of the 20th century was Elias Canettis Crowds and Power, which is still in print, and is an indispensable guide to mass movements. Canetti, who won the Nobel prize for literature, traces the steps in the creation of the modern crowd, the prototypical form of organization for totalitarian states. The totalitarian regimes wanted nothing less than a reworking of human nature, and they were notably successful. It alarms me, therefore, when our contemporary political leaders speak in the same terms, as when Senator Kamala Harris says we must change people in order to successfully enact her climate change schemes. They are the new totalitarians. It is no accident that mass rallies are so popular among our radical leftists. That, like their doctrines, are textbook cases of the totalitarian impulse, and like the mass movements of the last century, have developed political rituals to hail their leaders and denigrate their enemies. Like the fascists, Nazis, and Communists, contemporary totalitarians have declared ideological warfare against Jews and capitalism. They need a new man to swell their ranks.
Can they win? They might. Their predecessors were exceedingly successful. Twentieth-century totalitarians dominated much of the West for quite a long time, and only two desperate warsone hot, one colddefeated them. Before that, the Communists, fascists and Nazis were supported with the sort of wild enthusiasm that we can see in todays mass demonstrations and rallies. They were tough to beat. We didnt reason the Germans and Italians out of Nazism and fascism; we crushed them on the battlefield. We had to rally the opposition against the Soviet Empire after seventy years. In all three cases, there were millions of Americans who supported out enemies, and we had to fight them as well.
The search for the new man has been going on for a century, and it was quite a hit the last time it was tried. It will be a tough fight once again. We are more corrupt and less educated than we once were. The would-be totalitarians today generate myths that would have been the envy of the ideologues of the last century. Can we muster the resolve to take them on and defeat them?
That this question is very much unanswered shows how hard its going to be.
Wow, nice picture of a typical DNC meeting!!!
I once struggle through reading Hannah Arendt’s “The origins of Totalitarianism”. Most difficult read I ever survived. It was a language structure issue. Had to often, re-read a sentence at a time slowly and think hard about it. Clearly she was not primary in English.
I never came to terms with what I intended to accomplish reading the book. Still cannot understand how the Jews got caught up in the Holocaust and how so many were simply exterminated without total rebellion.
But my take has for a long time been.
“Totalitarianism in all Forms is Evil!”
Progressive, Socialist, Marxist, Fascist, Communist, Dictator, Islamist, **Bureaucrap** (aka Deep State)
It makes no difference what they call themselves, they are all evil. They totally lose attachment to humanity and reality.
Mussolini set the model for the others. Hitler permitted only Aryans to hold high office, and though this practice was often observed in the breach (Goering famously quipped, I decide who is an Aryan”),
Can they win? They might.
The battle will be fought and won in many little skirmishes as well as big ones. Are we engaged?
This time “The New Man” is a genderqueer snowflake with a man bun. I’m not too worried.
Marxism does have a new, evolved human as the goal and centerpiece of its philosophy. That is doomed to failure as the nature of man is not controllable.
“Are we engaged?”
No, unfortunately. Getting Republicans off the couch & onto the streets to register more Republican voters is the least we should be doing, and even that is like pushing a boulder up a mountainside.
We should be organizing at the local & state levels, attending meetings, & getting elected to local councils & school boards. But most of us dont even know what the communists are teaching our kids unless we read about it here, after it’s been taught in schools for years.
We’re reactionaries. We go about our oblivious little lives while allowing our communities & our country to go to hell, then at most, we bitch about it in online forums, our butts remaining comfortably planted on the couch.
And we keep handing over the contents of our wallets, no questions asked, to the very leftists who are destroying us.
We have a local Trumpian situation in my very small town right now.
3 new councilmen are uncovering some very shocking budgetary irregularities.
The mayor (!) & the ruling clique, who’ve had hands in the cookie jar for decades, dont like this.
So the mayor is actually backing a recall effort to unseat the fiscally-responsible new guys.
Guess what the accusations are? Racism & sexism, of course.
Great article, and thanks for posting. My ears tend to prick up whenever I hear a Progressive state that he or she intends to “transform” society - that actually means the people in it are to be designed and molded to that person’s taste. These are people who stoutly insist they believe in freedom and continue that they only want to control what we eat, drink, read, wear, drive, say, and think, their moral and intellectual superiority obligating them to be totalitarian for the Good Of All. It’s a massive and very dangerous case of self-deception.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.