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  •  Important to recognize that Nazism is a subset (0+ / 0-)

    of the larger phenomenon of Fascism.

    Both are historic proof that idiocy is no measure of the danger an ideology can pose.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 09:37:45 AM PDT

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    •  What I'm saying is that the dipshit assertion (1+ / 0-)
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      that writer just made about how the problem isn't anything economic but the fading of cultural identity, etc etc ignores the obvious connections between, duh, economics and culture. I'm going to assume here that this is willful ignorance on part of writer, who needed a handy binary to get him out of his troubles, no matter how false said binary was.

      I mean, really; like Mexican culture wasn't affected by NAFTA and its effect on Mexican agriculture? Like indigenous cultures haven't been affected by the economics of reservation life, or the economic aspects of being a racial minority? One really really obvious way that economics influences culture quite directly is in real estate development.

      For instance, this is one example of culture, recorded on film and integrated into John Landis' movie The Blues Brothers, itself, of course, culture in a different way:

      But if you get Landis' Director's Cut of Blues Brothers you get to hear that Maxwell Street, where this scene was filmed, no longer exists. The land became part of the University of Illinois, the market was moved, gentrified, and moved a second time. Presto chango! Where did that bit of culture go? The quickness of the hand deceives the eye. Oh, well, that probably wasn't important; culture isn't anything real anyway. Except when we need to throw around the concept of culture to evade a logical conclusion.

      Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in.

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 01:59:19 PM PDT

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      •  All good points (0+ / 0-)

        but as another commenter pointed out, the writer actually celebrates "populist energy", referencing Right wing political formations such as the T-Party and the National Front as examples.

        Whatever he has in mind, I'm pretty sure it isn't cultural expressions like the Maxwell Street Market.

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 03:46:52 PM PDT

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