January 08, 2015

Irony and Hypocrisy: Terror attacks on NAACP and Charlie Hebdo

Fascism: a political and social philosophy which believes conformity creates order, order creates harmony, harmony creates peace, and peace creates happiness.

Charlie Hebdo is, in my never humble opinion, a useless satire magazine that barely turns a profit by attacking anyone and everything either through the use of crude sexual innuendo or by casting aspersions on their beliefs, heritage, or both. It has always contained the kind of sophomoric humor that most of us abandoned at the age of twelve. The staff and stakeholders of Charlie Hebdo are neo-Marxist revolutionary wannabes who would very much like to dismantle the modern world of capitalism and high finance in order to transform both France and the European Union into a Communal Utopia where people such as themselves can become rich by playing the court jester at social functions.

The NAACP began life as America's premier civil rights movement. For the past two decades as the fortunes of black Americans have become tied to their individual talent and initiative rather than their skin color the NAACP has become increasing irrelevant both socially and politically. In an effort to hold onto the federal, state, and charitable funding that keeps it alive and feeds its staff, they have grown ever more hysterical and delusional in both their political activism and their exploitation of neo-Marxist "progressives" in American media. NAACP propaganda is behind the violence and destruction in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as traffic and commerce-blocking protests in Baltimore, Portland, New York City, and several other places.

Even though I profoundly disagree with everything Charlie Hebdo and the contemporary NAACP represent, I would never advocate legal action or physical violence against them. No matter how hateful, disparaging, or irrelevant a person's opinions are they are always entitled to their own mind. Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of a free society. That means we must tolerate Al Qaeda terror magazines, French political satire magazines, and racist groups claiming to fight racism. Until someone acts out on their belief through violent actions such as riots, fire bombs or gunfire, they are entitled to believe whatever they like. A person's beliefs are not dependent on social norms. Their actions, however, are.

I find it ironic that two organizations dedicated to demanding the rest of the world think and feel a certain way have become victims of other people who also believe they have the right to demand everyone around them conform to their own reality. Charlie Hebdo is at its heart a fascist group demanding conformity to neo-Marxist, collectivist ideals. The men who shot up their offices, killing twelve people and wounding eleven more, are also fascists demanding the world conform to the constraints of Shari'a and Islamic limits on freedom of expression. Those three men believed they were acting in a way necessary to improve social order and conformity to Islamic law. The twenty-three casualties believed they were acting in a way necessary to improve social order and bring about conformity to their own utopian ideals. Publishing pictures of the prophet Mohammed begging for anal sex is a hateful, offensive act designed to incite anger and through that anger, bring about change. Killing the people responsible for those images is also a hateful, offensive act, albeit, one that is designed to exact vengeance rather than improve society. My point being, both actions are at their core, fascist actions aimed at improving social conformity because both Charlie Hebdo and the Islamic radicals who shot up their offices believe that it is only by achieving conformity to a single utopian worldview that everyone can achieve happiness.

Likewise, the NAACP has become a subversive and destructive organization that inspires violence among hundreds of ignorant people by constantly insisting old white men are somehow magically responsible for the inability of high school dropouts and drug addicts who happen to be black to find jobs and improve their livelihoods. Rants, public speeches, sermons, op-ed commentaries in major news outlets, and published books are the forum used by the NAACP and its beneficiaries to spread hate and discontent among black Americans whose real need is not freedom from oppression but freedom from ignorance. Tens of thousands of lives could be improved if the NAACP would go into black neighborhoods encouraging young blacks, especially young black men, to stay in school and use condoms. Instead of going to where the problems are and offering tutors and life coaches, the members of the NAACP hide behind a wall of media teaching young black men that dropping out of school, having children with multiple women, and taking drugs is part and parcel of "black culture" which they should embrace as their very own means of "sticking it to the man". The person who bombed (or attempted to bomb since very little damage was done and no one was hurt) their offices in Colorado believed that by silencing the NAACP he could stop the violence plaguing American cities and prevent them from inspiring more riots. Both the NAACP and their attacker are displaying fascist core values. The NAACP wants all black Americans to drop out and party down, the person who planted the bomb wants all black Americans to sit down and shut up.

The real enemy of social cohesion is the demand for conformity. Regardless of where that demand comes from, when we demand all people conform to a certain religion, a certain political view, or a certain lifestyle we are denying them their basic right to be human and to act in accordance with their own concept of happiness. If a person wants to drop out and get high they have every right to do so, until they resort to criminal activity to support their drug use or until they plant children in the wombs of multiple young women and then refuse to support those children. The moment their choices infringe on the freedom of someone else to pursue happiness they lose their own right to do so. Society has an obligation to protect the pursuit of happiness but it does not have the right to define that pursuit!

There is both irony and hypocrisy at work in the violence directed at Charlie Hebdo and the NAACP. Irony because at their core, both the victims and perpetrators of this violence believe the same thing: they believe they have the right to define everyone else's pursuit of happiness. Hypocrisy because both the victims and perpetrators believe in social conformity while acting in ways that create social chaos. Fascism, whether inspired by religion, politics, economics, or philosophy, is the great enemy of freedom. It pursues its goal of social conformity by destroying or denigrating everyone and everything that stands between it and its imaginary utopia of one great global society that functions as a single mind.