This is a brilliant insight. I’m putting it here because I want to keep thinking about this.
It’s also a great illustration of how to let go of outdated arguments and leave the quagmire of circular thinking. Everybody – including me – has been repeating how the word fascism is being misused by the left to brand all opposition as pure evil. We say it and say it and say it. “They are the real fascists!” OK, so what? We’ve said it, and it’s true, but now what? And then one random online person finally says, “OK, but what is it they call fascism? What do all these things have in common and where do they stand in relation to the neoliberal mentality?” And we have finally moved towards a fresh insight.