20
Aug
07

Stop using the "F-word"

Dictionary.com defines fascism as follows:

fas·cism[fash-iz-uhm]
–noun 1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
2. (sometimes initial capital letter) the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism.
3. (initial capital letter) a fascist movement, esp. the one established by
Mussolini in Italy 1922–43.

You’ve probably heard the F-word used if you’ve ever debated a liberal. Of course, they liken the actions of our government, particularly if a Republican president holds office, to that of fascist regimes. It is typical of the sky-is-falling mentality they have; a pernicious desire for conflict and drama. Hyperbolic garbage meant only to inflame, dragging the word’s user and his audience onto an Orwellian stage where he can, for a moment, become a revolutionary.

Let’s at once have a writing lesson. Our instructor: C.S. Lewis of Narnia fame.
Lewis stated that a writer should keep in mind never to use the word “Gigantic” when he really meant “Big,” because, when later in the story, he creates something that really is gigantic, he’ll have no word for it.

That’s what the malcontents are doing by use such language. Not only are they feeding America’s great cancer–self-deprecating cynicism–they are dishonoring those in history who actually suffered under fascism’s boot.

I should point out that the tiresome use of this word is part of the canned-rebellion
so fashionable amongst younger people. They pierce their body-parts, scrape ridiculous looking graffiti across their only true possession–their bodies–and wear their Che Guevara T-Shirts to assure onlookers of their rebellious nature. Yes, they’re different–just like everyone else. They like safety in numbers, especially in blogs and forums. It’s not uncommon for several undergrads to joyously proclaim their hatred for Bush in a unison reminiscent of religious mantra. Newcomers wanting to join the herd chant the tired old lines when they really just want to belong.

So I’ll keep going, allies or no. My thoughts won’t be tainted by culture, or group-think. And whether I’m sleeping on a park-bench or in a mansion, I’ll keep thinking for myself, welcoming those who agree, making uncomfortable those who don’t.

“To make the individual uncomfortable, that is my task.”~Frederick Nietzsche.

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1 Response to “Stop using the "F-word"”


  1. 1 USpace
    August 25, 2007 at 6:52 am

    I agree, Che doesn’t belong on t-shirts and pajamas. How about Ayn Rand tees…

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    wear a Hitler t-shirt

    revere a mass murderer
    proudly show your ignorance

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe thinks
    let’s PLAY communism

    pretend to fix the world
    by destroying it

    Capitalists Selling Communism
    .


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