Why I Hate the Resistance

This is why I hate “the Resistance”:

This is a deeply cynical exploitation of the crimes of history to try to give their lame, shallow, playful protests a sense of historic meaning and urgency. Recognising, at some level, that it is bizarre to try to cohere a new movement around an American president who, historically and politically speaking, is not that different to other American presidents, they have to look for a way to justify their disproportionate anti-Trump obsession and emotionalism – and they do it by rebranding Trump ‘Hitler’ and therefore themselves as ‘The Resistance’. Never mind cultural appropriation – this is historical appropriation, the marshalling of 20th-century horrors to inject some depth into their childish, festival-like expression of middle-class angst.

The only thing I don’t get is what it is they are angsting about. I see folks who have literally gone of their rocker with this “Resistance” stuff but I have no idea why. Why them? Why now? Why in such a weird form?

Such is the playfulness that even history becomes their plaything. Even the Holocaust becomes their plaything. They denude these crimes and events of meaning and turn them into memes to make themselves look good. That really is unforgivable. In the process of bigging up themselves, they demean the unique barbarism of the Holocaust and fascism’s other crimes.

Absolutely. 100%. It’s very frustrating to see how easily people throw around Hitler analogies and pity themselves for living in a society that is “just like” Nazi Germany while enjoying historically unparalleled opulence, safety, and contentedness. And there’s no space for a criticism of Trump that is not loony-tunes.

“I’m worried about this policy.”

“Yes! It reminds me of when Mussolini. . .”

“OK, forget I said anything.”

The author of the linked article says the “Resisters” are motivated solely by the desire to trend on social media, but I think there’s more. This is The Hunger Games phenomenon where the better things are, the more people like to titillate themselves with imaginary horrors. I experience great embarrassment when I see a very well-to-do lady write on social media that “we live in horrific times the likes of which the world hasn’t known.” But how come the Resisters themselves aren’t seeing how ridiculous they are?

11 thoughts on “Why I Hate the Resistance”

    1. Trotsky was one of the leading intellectuals of his day and a brilliant orator, so there’s no need to suspect that everything he said had to be useless.

      It’s a great article because it taught me a lot of new things. I just went and bought the fellow’s book because I want more of this.


      1. Here’s some more stuff from Brendan O’Neill.
        If You Were Abused By Jimmy Savile, Maybe You Should Keep It to Yourself

        Context: Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal

        Savile in July 2006, attending the Highland games in Lochaber
        Jimmy Savile (1926–2011) was an English media personality who was well known in the United Kingdom for his eccentricities and, at the time of his death, was generally respected for his charitable work. He was knighted in 1990. In late 2012, almost a year after his death, reports surfaced indicating that Savile had committed sexual abuse throughout his 50-year career, his alleged victims ranging from prepubescent girls and boys to adults.

        By 11 October 2012 allegations had been made to thirteen British police forces,[1] which led to the setting-up of inquiries into practices at the BBC and within the National Health Service. On 19 October 2012, London’s Metropolitan Police Service launched a formal criminal investigation, Operation Yewtree, into historic allegations of child sexual abuse by Savile and other individuals, some still living, over four decades. The Metropolitan Police stated that it was pursuing over 400 lines of inquiry, based on the claims of 200 witnesses, via fourteen police forces across the UK. It described the alleged abuse as being “on an unprecedented scale”, and the number of potential victims as “staggering”.[2][3] By 19 December, eight people had been questioned as part of the investigation. The Met stated that the total number of alleged victims was 589, of whom 450 alleged abuse by Savile.

        The report of the investigations undertaken jointly by the police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Giving Victims a Voice, was published on 11 January 2013. It reported allegations covering a period of 50 years, including 214 alleged acts by Savile which, though uncorroborated, have been formally recorded as crimes, some involving children as young as eight. The report states “within the recorded crimes there are 126 indecent acts and 34 rape/penetration offences.”[6] Alleged offences took place at thirteen hospitals as well as on BBC premises, according to the report.[6][7] In October 2013 it was announced that inquiries had been extended to other hospitals.[8] On 26 June 2014, the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, reported on the findings of the investigations led by Kate Lampard. He said that Savile had sexually assaulted victims aged between 5 and 75 in NHS hospitals, and he apologised to the victims.[9] Further investigations, in hospitals and elsewhere, led to additional allegations of sexual abuse by Savile.

        Much of Savile’s career involved working with children and young people, including visiting schools and hospital wards. He spent 20 years presenting Top of the Pops before a teenage audience, and an overlapping 20 years presenting Jim’ll Fix It, in which he helped the wishes of viewers, mainly children, come true. During his lifetime, two police investigations had looked into reports about Savile, the earliest known being in 1958, but none had led to charges; the reports had each concluded that there was insufficient evidence for any charges to be brought related to sexual offences.[10][11][12] In October 2012 it was announced that the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, would investigate why proceedings against Savile in 2009 were dropped.

        The scandal was a major factor leading to the establishment of the wider-ranging Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which was announced by then-Home Secretary Theresa May in July 2014. In February 2015, the inquiry was reconfigured as a statutory inquiry to be chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard.


        1. It’s not even just that he’s crazy talented but it’s like he had a glitch in his brain that switched off neoliberal mentality and he can somehow think outside of it. I envy this glitch because I’m as neoliberal by instinct as it gets.


          1. // it’s like he had a glitch in his brain that switched off neoliberal mentality and he can somehow think outside of it. I envy this glitch because I’m as neoliberal by instinct as it gets.

            Do you have a concise definition of neoliberal mentality? People talk about it a lot, but so far I got it includes many today’s attitudes, but not an exact definition like the one of fascism by Trotsky which I loved.


    1. Unfortunately, I know nothing whatsoever about the Luso-Brazilian world. There is a limit to how much information one can process and I have chosen to stay away from Portugal and Brazil.


        1. Looked up the Bolsonaro fellow. He’s as typical as they get in South America. Even if he declares the state of exception and suspends the parliament, he’ll just be petty dictator number bisillion twenty-five in Latin America. It sucks but it’s true.

          As for his “insensitive statements about gays and rape”, that’s only how 99% of “Latinex” who aren’t trying to get tenure in the US talk. Welcome to diversity. Again, sucks but true.


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