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Tonic OP wrote

Contains a thread around some of these thoughts

What the far right promises is, in short, an anti-systemic politics for people who do not really believe the system could change in any major way: everything stays essentially the same, but yields better results for those who feel left out now.

But the processing of information is itself constrained by a number of cognitive biases that respond, in turn, to unconscious needs. The question we should ask ourselves, therefore, is: What needs do the far right’s narratives meet?

To the extent that they speak to this pervasive anxiety, the far right’s lies sound more truthful to many than any arguments claiming that things are generally getting better and this is only a bad patch that we will soon pull through. But they also do more. By locating the source of the problem in the misappropriation of resources by various others (countries, ethnicities, religions, cultures), and the solution in a fight to exclude those others from access to resources, the far right tells a story that is well adapted to a world in which inequality grows, resources decline, and those at the bottom have to compete for increasingly meager scraps.


celebratedrecluse wrote

This reveals the liberal-ness of the far right; their politics basically boil down to the infliction of suffering on others as a substitute for a positive material program. In this respect, it bears striking similarity to the neoliberal project of means-testing and eliminating keynesian programs that, in welfare state capitalism, substitute in for genuine community connections and disalienated social relationships. The message is the same: you don't deserve this, so we're going to take it away from you.

Finding a way out of liberalism, will mean finding a way of socially engaging with others that does not rely on assessing worth and doling out reward and punishment. It will come from the conclusion that everyone benefits from shared access to resources; that people are not immutably characterized with traits, but instead are in constantly emerging processes of becoming, processes which can be shaped by socialities or left to atrophy by the same.