"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." The quote is usually attributed to Edmund Burke, although there is disagreement
on that score. Haile Selassie said something very similar:
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Our time has disproved this noble sentiment. Since liberals love to beat themselves up, they will continue to condemn themselves for apathy and inaction, but that self-criticism does not square with the facts. I don't see apathy. I don't see inaction. Everywhere I look, I see good women and good men trying like hell
. I see writers and investigators and polemicists and reporters and poets and artists and satirists working like they've never worked before.
To what end? An increasing number of people believe the daily lies spread by the Alt Right and this administration.
Days ago, I had intended to write a post countering the Nunes memo -- doing my tiny, tiny bit for the truth. But in an epiphany of despair, I saw the pointlessness of the effort. What matters is not that document's deceptions. What matters is perception
. What matters is propaganda.
Trump's approval ratings are going up.
Only around 36% of the populace approves of the Mueller investigation. It's our only hope, yet a majority of Americans mistrust it or want rid of it. Trump is more popular than Mueller.
I haven't seen the polling, but it would appear that a majority of the population, or at least a substantial minority, actually believes in the absurd propaganda line that the FBI was and is anti-Trump and pro-liberal. This, despite the fact that the FBI pretty much elected Trump. This, despite the fact that the FBI was called "Trumplandia" before the election. This, despite the fact that James Comey completely covered up the fact that the Trump campaign was under investigation.
People actually believe that the Obama administration did something wrong or criminal in regard to the Trump campaign. Obama deserves censure only for not
publicizing what Russia was doing on behalf of Donald Trump. Obama idiotically thought that Putin would behave himself if warned sternly behind the scenes.
The "generic ballot" gap between Democrats and Republicans has narrowed considerably. Soon, the Republicans will be ahead. You may disagree, but I personally have no hope of retaking the House or Senate in November.
The majority of Americans now believe that Christopher Steele is an evil man who acted in a partisan fashion, when his only "sin" was a heroic effort to warn the FBI and the media about Russia's attack on our nation. Today, no Democrat defends his work, even though his intelligence has been proven accurate in many particulars.
Through simple repetition -- The dossier has been discredited! The dossier has been discredited!
-- the Republicans have convinced the nation that the dossier has, in fact, been discredited. Yet no substantial claim within that dossier has been disproven, and much of it has been at least partially verified.
The Republicans have convinced the nation that Steele is responsible for everything which has happened -- the Manafort indictment, the Flynn guilty plea. It all stems from Steele's dossier, or so we are told incessantly. In fact, the majority of the things we've learned have no
connection with the dossier. If the dossier never existed, I would still be able to write a post demonstrating that Trump/Russia collusion is a fact of history, proven beyond rational debate.
The Republicans have managed to turn something that should be absolutely damning -- Trump's association with Carter Page (an FSB target since at least 2013) -- into a net plus. My God, how is this even possible
? Imagine what the Republicans would do if someone like Page had any link to Hillary!
The anti-Trump forces are doing their best to rebut the incessant lies spread by Brietbart and Fox. I've been following the news fanatically, even though I can barely keep my food down as I watch and read. If you're like me, you nodded in agreement when Seth Meyers made that crack about memorizing Rachel Maddow's blazer rotation.
Good men and women are doing the best work of their lives.Yet nothing is working. Liberals are talking only to themselves. The smears -- the impudent attempts to rewrite reality itself -- continue to take hold. Burke and Selassie have been proven wrong.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for evil men to act ruthlessly.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for evil men to lie constantly.
The masses prefer lies to truth because most people are, quite simply, not intelligent enough for the task of democracy. The average person's gullibility is so profound as to be indistinguishable from culpability.
Seven percent of Americans believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Fifty-two percent
of the British citizenry thinks that we never went to the moon. Most Americans can't name Neil Armstrong as the first man to walk on the moon. Half of Republicans believe that Trump won the popular vote. Half of Trump's voters believe in birtherism and Pizzagate. (Seventeen percent of Hillary's
voters believe in Pizzagate.) Most Americans believe that the number of uninsured citizens has increased
since the implementation of Obamacare. Over one-third of our country rejects evolution. The majority of Americans refuse to believe that most scientists agree that man-made climate change is a reality.
I believe that most people use conspiracy theory as a mechanism to wipe out the reality that is
and replace it with the reality they prefer
When the majority of people use conspiracy theory in this fashion, fascism becomes inevitable. That is what the phrase "Triumph of the Will" means: The conquest of brute instinct over reality itself
. People believe only what they want
to believe. We prefer the self-serving delusions that spring from the most primeval and bestial parts of our consciousness.
The phenomenon is worldwide; I do not speak only of America under Trump. Not long ago, I happened across an article in Haaretz that sent me into a depression from which I have not yet recovered -- an article which summarizes the apocalypse of our time
Ex-Mossad Agent Who Helped Capture Eichmann Backs Far-right German Party With Nazi Past as 'Great Hope'
Onetime cabinet minister praises extremist group in video, saying he hopes AfD party’s ideology spreads throughout Europe
Former cabinet member and Mossad agent Rafi Eitan has expressed support for the far-right Alternative for Germany party, saying he hopes its ideology expands to the rest of Europe.
The rest of the piece is behind a paywall. Do we need
The question then becomes: Should we continue to fight? Yes. But do so only for the reason best articulated by the existentialists: We do what we do because that's what we do
. You have to be true to your own code.
And when the fight is lost, do not castigate those who fought alongside you as weak or apathetic. They were not and are not. Once again: Everywhere I look, I see good men doing whatever they can.
Despite their noble efforts, the triumph of Fascism is inevitable -- for one simple reason: Too many people want
fascism. Americans want it, Russians want it, Germans want it, Jews want it, blacks want it, gays want it, feminists want it. All of the historical victims and opponents of fascism are now using casuistry to justify an embrace of fascism. (Identity politics plays an important role in this process.) How can we expect people who can't name the first man to walk on the moon to be capable of identifying fascism, even when they are soaking in it?
Of course, few dare call it fascism. Most of those sliding into fascism operate under the hallucination that they are anti
-fascists, and that the small-d democrats are the real
fascists. If you read Dugin, you will see that this upside-downism is his most important contribution to the rhetoric of fascism.
In the past, many have complained that "fascism" is difficult or impossible to define. Here's my definition: Fascism is who we are
. Fascism is in our DNA. Fascism is the social system that results when the Id triumphs, as it always must, over the Superego.
Democracy is doomed because too many of your fellow human beings are wicked and ignorant.