American Fanatics

I never saw real fanatics in the USSR. They had long all been killed by the time I was born. Around me, everybody mouthed slogans, and most people even believed in them in the sense that people don’t tend to question things they perceive as widespread beliefs.

But nobody I ever met was emotionally or intellectually invested in the dogma.

For the first time in my life, I’m seeing fanatical believers in a political doctrine here in the US. I have no idea how to act around them because I have no experience. These are people who are impervious to all reason because they are in a grip of a violent emotion they don’t control.

It wouldn’t be a big deal if only these fanatics had no access to power. But they will control all institutions within a few years. Yes, they will devour each other in the end and disappear. But they will create a lot of destruction before that.

2 thoughts on “American Fanatics”

  1. What we are seeing currently are early adopters. They are so emotionally invested in the rhetoric because they know how to use it to get power. Which is what they are doing right now. The ‘sure, whatever’ people will come later when these early adopters have seized power and it has become impossible to get a job without mouthing the slogans.

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  2. I never saw real fanatics in the USSR. They had long all been killed by the time I was born. Around me, everybody mouthed slogans, and most people even believed in them in the sense that people don’t tend to question things they perceive as widespread beliefs.

    But wouldn’t your parents and grandparents have had living memory of those true believing fanatics? I seem to recall you were close to your grandparents.

    If you don’t have a family history written down or recorded, now is a good time. Your parents are old and dominant paradigms prefer amnesia. Records, at the bare minimum, get all kinds of fucked up and then you lose the reason why that happens. If not to please your…patron… for yourself. And Klara would appreciate it.

    You say that all religiosity had been stamped out in your family but your father had some experience hiding covert religious feelings. I suspect you draw on that today?

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