What’s With the Tendency to Demonize People?

Look at the following search that brought somebody to my blog:

I have written posts that were critical of Shakesville. But, come on, folks, what’s with the drama? Shakesville isn’t perfect. Often, it posts really silly articles. But stalinist? Do you know how offensive it is to people who actually know what Stalinism is?

It’s the same kind of needless demonization of inoffensive little things that bug us that makes some people use “Nazi” or “fascist” in the sense of “mean, annoying person.”

I remember when an unhinged reader left a comment on my blog telling me that I was “the epitome of everything that is wrong in the world” and “an embarrassment to humanity.” There is a strong possibility it was the same weird person who is now looking for proof that Shakesville is Stalinist.

Let’s feel free to disagree with any blog out there or down here. But let’s try to keep Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot out of it. No matter how much you dislike a blogger, s/he is not a genocidal dictator.

7 thoughts on “What’s With the Tendency to Demonize People?

  1. That’s nothing compared to what Encyclopedia Dramatica has written about Shakesville. I refuse to link it, but good G-d, when I accidentally stumbled across it a few months ago, they were offering a money reward for someone to track down and rape Melissa McEwan.


  2. This post of yours will bring more people looking for such things to your blog — it’s got nothing to do with your opinions, but rather with the words that the search engines find in your post.

    I find it quite amunsing, the things that brings people to my blog, and sometimes I wonder if they found what they were looking for.


    1. You are right, of course.

      I still hope, however, to get at least some people to stop throwing around “Nazi”, “fascist” and “stalinist” at people they dislike. I saw this happen right here on my blog, and it’s very disturbing.


  3. It happens even in the intellectual realm, whereby somebody like Bataille is deemed by somebody named Wolin to be a “left fascist”. Well, for a start the term doesn’t make any sense, no matter how you dissect it. If you take Mike Ballard’s (husband’s) views into consideration, fascism is the ideology that the workers and corporations have identical interests. If you take a more psychological angle (mine), fascism is capitulation to authoritarianism, whereby the primal level of the emotions is collapsed into complete subservience to leadership, without any intervening rational attitude in between. In terms of neither of these definitions is Bataille a “fascist” (left or otherwise).

    I dislike the anti-intellectual (name-calling) assault on ways of thinking that are not immediately accessible or easy to understand.


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