It has has been noted that Ireland's pseudo-liberal media elite seems to be undergoing some kind of collective breakdown. Yet this piece by the Irish Times theatre critic Fintan O'Toole takes batshít liberal crazy to whole a new level. It's almost embarrassing to draw attention to it.
Fintan has had visions. And he saw Nazis. Lots of Nazis. Everywhere, Nazis.
Fintan O’Toole: the alt-right is old fascism in new clothes
History is a zero sum game – either we subjugate them or they will subjugate us. The alt-right takes this social Darwinist mindset directly from classic fascism. Its logic, now as in the 1930s, is eliminationist: they must go and if they won’t go we have to get rid of them.Fourth, there is the sexual pathology. Fascism reeks of male self-pity. It has always been deeply attractive to men who are insecure about their own sexuality and in particular their relationships to women. It is a magic formula for transforming the sexual neurotic into a man-god. The alt-right world is a masturbatory fantasy in which men who are afraid of women get to assert absolute power over them.I'm not sure, but I think the "paper of record" is saying the alt-right are looking to commit genocide. Because they can't get laid. That seems to be the gist of it.Fifth, there is the devotion to lies. Fascists have always understood that lying is not just (as it is for many conventional politicians) a tactic. It is a strategy. It is not merely about evading an inconvenient reality. It is about constructing a whole new “reality”. Alt-right should properly be alt-reality. Its primary business is the construction of a parallel world that looks like its own dark fantasies. Again, this justifies a special hatred for anyone who can challenge this construct: decadent eggheads, experts, the lamestream media. The playbook for this strategic lying has been updated for the social media age but the 1930s first editions are still the templates.
Politics.ie lis beginning to look sane by comparison.