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The recent spate of Nazi imagery applied to the Great Unwashed by the super wealthy seems over the top to those of us who consider ourselves sane; however, it may unwittingly reveal the inner workings of their own darkness and evil.

When Tom Perkins equates the current hatred of the super wealthy with the violent persecution of the Jews, he is revealing his Shadow. No one has broken any windows in any of his palatial mansions, yet he feels real fear and strikes out. The Wall Street Journal editorial board embraces his Shadow, revealing their ignorance of their own Shadow.

The shadow, said celebrated Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung...is the unknown ‘‘dark side’’ of our personality–-dark both because it tends to consist predominantly of the primitive, negative, socially or religiously depreciated human emotions and impulses like sexual lust, power strivings, selfishness, greed, envy, anger or rage, and due to its unenlightened nature, completely obscured from consciousness.

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What is the "Shadow"? Understanding the "dark side" of our psyche.
Published on April 19, 2012 by Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. in Evil Deeds

A simple teaching tool can help begin the process of acknowledging our own Shadow:
The Shadow Exercise

"Think of someone you know whom you don't like very much. Maybe you even hate this person. On a piece of paper, write down a description of that person. Write down what it is about this individual's personality that you don't like. Be as specific as you can."

When everyone in the class is finished writing, I tell them to draw a box around what they have written - and at the top of the box write "MY SHADOW."

"Consider this," I tell them. "What you have written down is some hidden part of yourself - some part that you have suppressed or hidden. It is what Jung would call your SHADOW. Maybe it's a part of you that you fear, can't accept, or hate for some reason. Maybe it's a part of you that needs to be expressed or developed in some way. Maybe you even secretly wish you could be something like that person whom you hate."

Everyone carries within their unconscious a darkness that we may readily recognize in others but be blinded to in ourselves. The process of evolving as a complete human being involves embracing our own Shadow, understanding our dark places, and integrating it into our conscious selves.

Jung himself supplied a succinct quote of what it means when that process of enlightenment is absent.

Taking it in its deepest sense, the shadow is the invisible saurian tail that man still drags behind him. Carefully amputated, it becomes the healing serpent of the mysteries. Only monkeys parade with it.

Carl Jung, The Integration of the Personality. (1939)

Originally posted to occupystephanie ~ Stephanie Hampton on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:32 AM PST.

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  •  Very interesting execise (4+ / 0-)

    Think that it could help people to understand their own insecurities.

    "What you have written down is some hidden part of yourself - some part that you have suppressed or hidden. It is what Jung would call your SHADOW. Maybe it's a part of you that you fear, can't accept, or hate for some reason.
    Do they really hate another person, or are do they actually admire them? Feel inferior, insecure? Therefore hates.

    Hate is such a strong and ugly emotion. I try not to go there.

    Good morning!

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:57:26 AM PST

  •  After scanning much of the article (3+ / 0-)

    ...the "shadow" concept appears fully made up out of nothing, with no exixtential basis whatsoever. As was Freud's ego-id-superego fully-formed delusion.  

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    by dov12348 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 09:00:30 AM PST

    •  It's the old saw... (3+ / 0-)
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      when you point your finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at yourself.

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 09:03:33 AM PST

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      •  Old saws get rusty (1+ / 0-)
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        The value of Freud and Jung is that they opened some windows and got introspection out of the shadows. For this, they will be immortal.  The specifics of their teachings, however, lose traction with time, social change, and the advancement of science.  

        Let's assume we all find Nazis abhorrent.  Do you seriously believe that's because we are all, unknowingly, Nazis?

        Or is it that Nazis are, in fact, abhorrent?

        •  Wisdom does not go stale (0+ / 0-)

          I am unwilling to see "lost learning slipped down out of the minds of men". No matter how modern and advanced we think we are, human thought and history matters. The human race has not gradually progressed on an even upward slope. The advancement of science has brought us as many ills as benefits. We are hardly the crowning achievement of mankind.

          That said, there may be many reasons why the far right uses the Nazi imagery so much. Many commenters have discussed these here including that they really are a handy meme for people who are truly abhorrent and we use the worst words we know.  

          We all harbor dark places within us. It is our nature. The shadow concept does not mean that everyone you hate is a mirror into your soul. It is a useful concept for understanding special antipathies.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 09:59:22 PM PST

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          •  I've had a special antipathy for (2+ / 0-)

            racism since I was a child. I don't think that's reflection of my shadow self. More likely it's a reflection of my particular circumstances growing up as a white kid in the deep south during the civil rights movement.

            Perhaps it is the shadow of the culture I was born into.

            Nothing human is alien to me.

            by WB Reeves on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:57:36 AM PST

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            •  Racism is not a person... (1+ / 0-)
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              at least not yet. We'll have to see how the bills concerning the right to discriminate fare in legislatures and courts.

              The concept of the shadow is still taught as an accepted tenet in psychology courses which is where I got the Shadow exercise.

              It is an uncomfortable concept to take in; however, as an accepted psychology tool it can lend a certain perspective. Upon reading the news items about Tom Perkins which includes telling his first wife he wanted to find out how human flesh tastes and other lurid details, I have no compunction in calling him a kind of monster and conjecturing about how that has come to be.

              Thank you for reading and commenting and staying with the conversation. I do not enjoy writing into an echo chamber.

              We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

              by occupystephanie on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 06:49:40 AM PST

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              •  I will say one thing further about the concept (1+ / 0-)
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                I was first exposed to the idea of the unconscious and the "Id" as a child when I saw the film Forbidden Planet.

                Consequently, I grew up with a perception that people were neither all good or all bad, including myself. Also that people weren't necessarily conscious of their true motivations. Again including myself. As a result, I came to understand that all the potentials, good and bad, of human behavior existed in myself as well as others.

                From this I concluded that the first, an most crucial task that the individual faces is that of "knowing oneself", long before I came across that phrase in it's original Delphic context.

                It isn't our secret self that defines us, rather it is our awareness of this self, or lack thereof and how it shapes our conduct towards others. For me this is true dividing line between what we classify as good and evil.

                Nothing human is alien to me.

                by WB Reeves on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 10:17:56 AM PST

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                •  Beautifully written! (1+ / 0-)
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                  Lucky to learn that as a child and to have internalized it in a healthy way. I was raised Catholic (Parochial school) and thought my bad self was much bigger than my good self.
                  Took some years...

                  I think the whole idea behind the shadow exercise is to give a flick to a person's assumptions about themselves and others. If a person is unaware of their secret self, they cannot have an awareness of it and integrate it as you have done. Some do not get that lesson until late in life. Some never do.

                  Thanks so much for the conversation. I really enjoyed it. I will be seeing you around.

                  We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

                  by occupystephanie on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 11:52:58 AM PST

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    •  It's more a philosophical framework (1+ / 0-)
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      than a scientific theory.  Basically a metaphor.  Looking for an existential basis is missing the point.

      •  That's what's wrong with it. (1+ / 0-)
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        With no existential basis, it has no worth.  You have to have some hypothesis to come up with anything useful at all.

        Unless it's just something that's being batted around for fun, or to be a floating abstraction like astrology.

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        by dov12348 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:50:34 AM PST

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        •  Alternative frameworks are valuable... (2+ / 0-)
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          because they can shed light on otherwise unsolvable questions such as:

          Why does the Far Right use so much Nazi imagery?

          I've been mulling it over since Tom Perkins and the WSJ went over the edge. How can they make such outlandish claims?  When I thought of Jung's Shadow concept, I came up with one--out of many--conjectures.

          There are certainly other explanations for the overuse of Nazi imagery. Perkins is an old man, as he says, so Evil to him might be Hitler and Nazism. This is just one suggestion of why this might be so.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:04:35 AM PST

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          •  I see what you're getting at. (1+ / 0-)
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            But I see any evidence for it as so light that IMO it's barely a possible thesis, on the verge of being lost in the abyss with an almost infinite number of alternative psychological theories.

            In any case, the fact it's a Jungian source to me makes it no more compelling than its being from an unknown source if evidence is lacking.

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            by dov12348 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:21:30 AM PST

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            •  Thanks for staying with the conversation (3+ / 0-)
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              Jung is one of those thinkers of large ideas which has influenced how our culture seeks answers, so I still think it is valid.

              We've seen so much Nazi imagery that I cannot help but feel there is something behind it. Is it just a talking point meme? Is it just the worst evil that some Americans can think of?

              I am open to any conjecture that anyone might come up with from an alternate framework.

              We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

              by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:44:11 AM PST

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        •  "With no existential basis, it has no worth" (2+ / 0-)
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          Well, that ... certainly is a position you have there.

  •  I've always liked Jungian analysis (3+ / 0-)
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    though I would consider it a philosophy rather than a science.

    Jung understood the importance of narrative, in terms of the stories we tell each other and the stories we tell ourselves.

    •  Thanks for the comment, Batya (3+ / 0-)
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      I find a lot I like in Jung while I do not in Freud.

      I like his quote at the end of the piece. Very concise and telling.

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:00:03 AM PST

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      •  I took a college course once on myth and archetype (2+ / 0-)
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        which is of course right in Jung's wheelhouse.  I remember our professor saying one thing I found striking: Freud worked with neurotics while Jung worked with psychotics, and that affected how they approached everybody else.

        •  How interesting! (2+ / 0-)
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          So Jung might have a different understanding of sociopaths like Tom Perkins.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:14:48 AM PST

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          •  He might (1+ / 0-)
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            although I don't know that I would characterize Perkins as a sociopath, so much as just obtuse and self-centered.

            •  There has been a meme floating around.. (0+ / 0-)

              that equates our culture of capitalism as sociopathic.

              Here is an article in Forbes about it:

              Why (some ) Psychopaths Make Great CEOs

              So at first I thought this might just be psychologists feeling full of themselves with their big ideological notions. But then I met Al Dunlap. [That would be “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap, former CEO of Sunbeam and notorious downsizer.] He effortlessly turns the psychopath checklist into “Who Moved My Cheese?” Many items on the checklist he redefines into a manual of how to do well in capitalism.

              There was his reputation that he was a man who seemed to enjoy firing people, not to mention the stories from his first marriage — telling his first wife he wanted to know what human flesh tastes like, not going to his parents’ funerals. Then you realize that because of this dysfunctional capitalistic society we live in those things were positives. He was hailed and given high-powered jobs, and the more ruthlessly his administration behaved, the more his share price shot up.

              We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

              by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:52:52 AM PST

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  •  Great diary, thanks! What these folks are doing (2+ / 0-)
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    is basically incitement.  As the country screeches to a halt when it comes to the democratic process, fascistic forces will tend to get animated.

    The right wing is armed to the hilt, and they are looking for an excuse to start intimidating liberals and progressives, which they see as dangerous godless socialists and communists.

    This stuff is all going by the fascist playbook.

    This POS billionaire is just adding to the fuel when it comes to giving these right wing extremists an excuse to start intimidating people.

    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      It is frightening.

      From the militarized police to the pervasive surveillance, it has all the earmarks of what we fought in WW II.

      Thanks for the compliment! This just flowed out this morning. A FB friend posted this today which I thought was apt for me: Writers Block--when you voices stop talking to you. I'm feeding mine well so they will hang around!

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:21:25 AM PST

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      •  The sad thing is that the Left for some reason (3+ / 0-)

        tends to not prepare for these things.  It is something I've been pondering for years.  I still don't understand it.  For god's sake, the handwriting is on the wall.

        It's almost like a script.  These undemocratic forces behind the scenes have basically rendered the system of government totally unworkable; they stopped it from working.

        Now the next stage is what I call "activating" the right wing loonies, the fascist who are chomping at the bit to re-establish their worldview based on extreme religious fundamentalism, nativism, racism, and ultra-nationalism.  These forces always aligned with the money people at the top; they become their useful idiots.

        I've written about this many times before: the Left lacks the type of malice to understand how truly evil things can get.  I know it because I've been talking to Leftists for years and I always perceive that because they are good people, intelligent, decent, they have a blind spot when it comes to understanding the barbarity to which some elements in society can stoop to.

        That is a big challenge we have on the Left.  We need to anticipate and prepare for what's coming...

        •  Ray, I agree (2+ / 0-)
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          It is important to acknowledge that true Evil (with a capital E) exists and not just metaphorically. The statements and acts that decent people find insane may be just plain Evil manifesting itself.

          It is hard to understand much less prepare for but, as you say, we ought to expect the worst.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:49:06 AM PST

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          •  Let me clarify something: I do thing we're in for (2+ / 0-)
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            very challenging times ahead, but I'm betting on justice to prevail.  We will overcome; we will be successful.  But we (the social justice movement) need to get organize, to plan, to strategize, to have short-, mid-, and long-term goals and objectives.  We need to anticipate, think ten, 20, 30 steps ahead (when possible).

            That's one thing the Right has for them; they think like that; they plan ahead; they have an agenda, and they work to move their agenda forward.

            We need to be at least "a little bit" like that.

            I know the challenge on the Left is the eternal trying to "herd cats" situation.  It's a conundrum.

            •  Point well taken! (1+ / 0-)
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              We do not want violent revolution. Historically, the entire human race falls into chaos and civilization fails. In those few times when power was ceded--whether gracefully or grudgingly--the result was a better world for all.

              We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

              by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:08:42 AM PST

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              •  The good thing is that violent revolutions are (1+ / 0-)
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                ineffective.  Nonviolent revolutions are much more effective and attract a much larger segment of the population.


                Professor Erica Chenoweth finds (through her research) that when an average 3.5 percent of any given population engages in non-violent (civil) resistance on a sustained basis, "no single campaign failed."  She also finds that "every single campaign that surpassed that 3.5 percent was a non-violent one."  She goes on to say that "In fact, the non-violent campaigns were on average four times larger than the average violent campaign, and they were often much more inclusive and representative in terms of gender, age, race, political party, class, and the urban role distinction.  Civil resistance allows people of all different levels of physical ability to participate.  This could include the elderly, people with disabilities, women, children, and anyone else who wants to.  If you think about it, everyone is born with a natural physical ability to resist non-violently..."
  •  I shared the diary on Twitter and facebook! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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  •  AND CHECK THIS OUT (2+ / 0-)
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    Excellent. excellent article.

    Plutocracy & Nazism Are Entangled
    http://patriceayme.wordpress.com/...

    The mistake Perkins and his ilk make is the meritocracy fraud. This was spotted as far back as 1958 and has turned out as predicted.

    Down with Meritocracy

    "So assured have the elite become that there is almost no block on the rewards they arrogate to themselves. The old restraints of the business world have been lifted and, as the book also predicted, all manner of new ways for people to feather their own nests have been invented and exploited.

    Salaries and fees have shot up. Generous share option schemes have proliferated. Top bonuses and golden handshakes have multiplied."

    http://www.theguardian.com/...

    •  Thanks, bowtiejack (2+ / 0-)
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      Great article. Interesting that Krugman appears to be absorbing her ideas while they diligently  delete her comments from his thread...

      This quote in her piece in response to Tom Perkins outburst:

      OK, so “progressives” are Nazis? Interestingly, that is just what the Nazis tried to make the folks believe. Another lie, which the Nazis also tried to impart upon the folks, with some initial success, was that the Jews were Germany’s “one percent”. It is troubling to see a major actor of Silicon Valley embrace both major Nazi lies, as if they were obvious.
      It is their "truth".

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:39:35 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for this thought provoking post stephanie. (3+ / 0-)

    I first heard about Jung's shadow theory on an episode of Criminal Intent which talked about Jung's Redbook.  Apparently, Jung kept an extensive journal of his own shadow exercises but never published it during his lifetime because it was so shameful.

    The distressing thing for me when I try such exercises is I really dislike Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Richard Nixon, and these kind of manipulative, power abusing Republicans -- so what does that say about me?

    You've been around here as long as I have, so may remember how 9 years ago I would rant and rave about trying to impeach Bush and Cheney.  So obviously, I something about these folks must resonate with my own shadow side where I may have the potential to become a bullying, manipulative, tyrant.

    I wonder if it is a coincidence that the issue that has pulled me out of my year long hiatus of writing has been the Chris Christie scandals, which totally fascinate me?  

    Yikes, maybe I better start writing some other kinds of posts like about astrophysics which I used to do, or folks who may figure out that I am a potential monster.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:18:09 AM PST

    •  So there may be a Hound from Hell lurking... (3+ / 0-)
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      within our HoundDog? LOL

      When I first met this concept, I was distraught myself. I resisted it as long as I could but finally saw that it gave me such insight into my Others and helped me understand and communicate much better.

      So saying, I ought really to have said "may give us insight" but I was feeling rather black and white this morning.

      I am flattered that you think that I have been around here for nine years, but my first diary was just Jan 12. I've been reading for years. I really do feel at home here though.

      Thanks for the comment!

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 11:35:35 AM PST

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    •  If it helps at all (2+ / 0-)
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      it would not be wrong to say that every human being ever was / is a potential monster.

  •  In some respects this sounds like simple (2+ / 0-)
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    projection.

    I would only point out that it has an ideological component as well. A key element of current RW ideology is that all political questions divide along a line between collectivism and individualism. Right equals individualist and Left equates to collectivist.

    In this conception, Nazis and Bolsheviks are simply different faces of collectivism. Ergo both are "Left". Likewise, anything that opposes "collectivism" is, in essence, Right. Hence, any effort to address injustice or inequality on a collective basis is directly comparable to Nazism.

    Complete rubbish but people are capable of believing any amount of rubbish if it's in their perceived interest to do so.

    I recently wrote a diary that touched on the ideological aspects of Fascism in contemporary politics that you might find worth a read.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:07:11 PM PST

    •  Thank you, WB (2+ / 0-)
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      I will check out your diary. Thanks for the link.

      I like your explanation. With the dearth of real history being taught in our schools, Nazism and Communism is likely the one the masses can identify even if they don't understand them which may make them perfect for use by the RW.

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:24:01 PM PST

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  •  Well done, and excellent excercise. (2+ / 0-)
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    Powerful minorities always fear the uprising of those whom they oppress. That's what Jim Crow laws were about, the accompanying practice of peonage in the South during that time* (it still exists to some degree today, I'd argue, and see Blakmon's "Slavery by Another Name" which is about that subject) and the rhetoric we hear from the oligarchs today, and the police tactics used against the Occupy Movement.

    *The idea was to arrest black men on any some flimsy charge such as vagrancy, impose a fine, which they then "worked off" by being leased by the sheriff to private industries, often mining companies. It was often very difficult to get out of this kind of indentured servitude. It was also illegal, but difficult to prove and prosecute. To some extent, this happens today in a slightly different form and not just in the South.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:14:38 PM PST

    •  Thanks, commonmass (2+ / 0-)
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      They ought to be afraid. Historically when income disparity or racial/social divides get this huge, there have been adjustments. No society can operate well when there is such disparity.

      Our racial history is a shameful one--North and South, East and West. We deny it in our history and our historical
      markers * to our peril.

      There is man who is successfully pursuing a move to put slavery historical markers up to balance the Civil War Heroes and Civil Rights events. Next, he wants to put up markers for sites of lynchings.

      We must never forget but we cannot remember what we are do not know.

      Here is link to a NYT article.

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 12:35:06 PM PST

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  •  Interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    More generally, many have observed this from time to time:

    Right-wing politicians and pundits have a way of sometimes accusing progressives of the VERY things that the progressives might be expected to say about the right-wingers.

    One example that comes to mind right away, the right-wing   accusations of "class warfare." This was directed by Republicans at Democrats, with zero basis. It would have made more sense for such an accusation to go the other way, but Democrats were not about to extend themselves so far as to demonize their opposition.

    Similarly when right-wing politicians have described those struggling economically as "takers," even while their own backers were "taking" on a much larger scale and some of them, the politicians, have acutally been "on the take."

    The assumption by most looking at this has always been that this was deliberate Rovian strategy--to "immunize" yourself against a particular accusation by making the accusation yourself first against the other party, even if with head-scratchingly little basis.

    So you are pointing out that there could also be an element of self-deception here...projection, if you will. That perhaps at least some of these right-wingers might actually have rather deep-seated awareness of the truth about themselves and their political positions, which they deny through self-created hallucinations that allow them to see these characteristics, instead, as attached to others.

    Worth considering.

  •  So... Jung thinks I secretly covet hate-speech? (1+ / 0-)
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    occupystephanie

    According to Jung I secretly admire to be just like Rush Limbough...

    I really want to be a loud mouthed hateful bigot that does everything in his power to prevent people of color getting ahead. I am really secretly a homophobic wealth-hoarding white-power freak? I actually like Heavy Metal music, especially the kind with distorted lyrics about Norse gods the singer thinks are Aryan icons? I covertly wish to be a televangelist?

    Hmmm...

    I dunno.

    I have my inner issues.

    But sometimes a demon really is a demon, and not a monster within.

    OMG, like, gag them with a multi-colored spoon. Like, ya know.

    by Jyotai on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 02:27:52 PM PST

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      Sometimes you just do not like something or someone simply because you do not.

      I have found Jung to be right when I have taken an antipathy towards someone I meet in person, especially if I am basing it on very little. Then I check myself. If it is a politician that I have never met, then I just plain don't like them.

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 02:43:22 PM PST

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