Powerlessness and the Appeal of the Right Wing

We see this mentality in the United States, with gun fanatics and people who seek to make their religion national policy.

Tolerance for others requires a sense of personal strength.  A secure person doesn’t flaunt weapons, attend rallies demeaning other races, or call for a so-called biblical state where the court system consults Leviticus 20:13 when responding to the man lieth with mankind stuff.

Amanda Taub has written an excellent news analysis piece, posted today on The New York Times site.

The topic is a small-but-dangerous victory by a political party whose name translates to Alternative for Germany.  The party has secured ninety-four seats in Germany’s lower House of Parliament, the Bundestag.

Please read Ms. Taub’s article carefully, and consider the parallels between the political environment in Germany and the Trumpism we’re seeing in the U.S.

Uneducated people who feel small are at least partly at the root of this, on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere.  It’s one of the ways human frailty is vented, and it isn’t an overstatement to say fascism is schoolyard bullying on a grand scale.  Just think of the fascists who may have started life as bullying victims with no anchor in society.  Hateful political movements have cult appeal, and we should never forget that.

Perhaps the most sickening irony is that some people achieve a sense of emotional safety from this sort of dangerous activism.


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