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What The Teuton Said

by Ishtarmuz

Consider the old bigoted canards of 19th and 20th Century psuedoscience suggesting a genetic underpinning to the tides of various ethnic thinking.  Is their any truth to the Teutonic character? I would say no, on principle, since I think it a stereotype, considering even ones backed by some evidence as  illusionary. . .

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. . . However, I am  not thinking particularly about the Teutonic authoritarian personality, but just the authoritarian personality. Maybe, the cultural ethos in this part of the world historically led to more people so characterized, maybe not. There may be some evidence that rigid upbringing might play a large role in the making of a racist expression of narcissistic rage endemic to such unempathetic worldviews. I would be loath to consider such evidence because the evidence itself rubs against the grain of my liberal view of how the world works. With that in mind, consider I must, the building of national characters with the rise of nationalism speaking more to the role of nurture rather than to nature.

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So, given a child before they are three, can you make them a Hitler or an Einstein? Within limits. This, at least, moves the idea out of the genetic to the behavioral regime, a place where the more behavioral among us would be happy to consider. Flash. Dark. Though I fear any day now to hear about a study showing convincing evidence for the existence of a genetic predisposition for all sorts of very specific behaviors, not the least of which would be the fear of thunder.

Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk.

The selective attention and reinforcement of what an in-group feels valuable to its survival can be quite over-determined by framing specific memories into the historic examples that prove simplistic bivalent beliefs. Flash. Dark. Given the right circumstances, the right narcissistic mirror could and did rise to power more than once to reflect all the rage that slumbers in the depths of generationally ingrained racist self fulfilling prophecies. Such is the manner that Hitlers are made, not born.

Those taught to not question authority, that duty and honor are more important than empathy and flexibility, and that property is more important than fraternity, all explain how nationalism has always trumped liberalism from the French Revolution onward.  So what do you say of Milgram’s experiment?  In just a simple setting with a person of authority asking you to shock someone to death on a lame pretext, over sixty percent complied. Does that not suggest that we, like in theLord of Flies, live with just a thin veneer of civilization ready to explode into anarchy leading to a slavery promoted by the next demagogue that captures our imagination?

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How many times will we let Cain kill Abel?


“The reasonably relaxed man can accept correction without too grievous loss of dignity.  But the solemn man cannot.  He may have heard that the truth will set him free. But he rightly senses that it might also make him seem silly.” ~John Kenneth Galbraith in The Liberal Hour

Let as consider for the moment the difference between the solemn person and the relaxed person.  Let me first say that the solemn person perforce must often sense a crisis on the horizon, no matter when they might have lived from the time of Cain-and-Abel onward, because the strict father always awaits the next disobedience.  I picture Cain as quite solemn and Abel as quite relaxed.  I see them that way because, the former felt unaccepted and alienated from his nature, the latter, quite the opposite.  What would have passed for politics of the time would have appeared quite simple, but I would argue that it is no more so than today, and further let me suggest that Abel being pastoral and Cain being a farmer should tell you all you need to know. The pastoral nomads, Abel being the archetype, living on the margins would have been communal, having horizontal networks, and the farmers, Cain being their archetype, would have had the roots of civilization and an acquisitive need. Cain’s need to ever acquire new land and to save seed would form the nucleus of hierarchical networks of specialization to control and support ever-expanding acquisitions called progress. Cain’s mark of alienation being the insatiable need for more, better and different.

Thus the birth of the Left and the Right is seen in the birth of civilization and as I have said elsewhere, it always boils down to the problem of the horizontal versus the vertical, and it does.  Yet, we could only wish that it were so simple that such singular categories as in this analogy were complete and consistent. The division between the solemn and the relaxed divides further.  There is a solemn pastoral Left that would uncharacteristically always want their communal land back as contradictory as the possessive might seem to them.  They would fight for their freedom to commune.  The relaxed farmers on the Right uncharacteristically would not always want to enslave those lazy pastoralists, even for no other reason than to make sure their freedom as farmers to take what land they wanted. The relaxed on both sides would rather trade and engage in less violent forms of diplomacy than war. The solemn on both sides can always find reasons to fight for freedom.  So we have another level of horizontal versus the vertical here.  What true leftist would refuse to sue for peace and what true rightist would refuse to fight? The purists on both sides have always refused to see this.  Clearly those that refuse are LINOs and RINOs. So we now see the relaxed liberal Left and Right squaring off with their more fundamental brethren.  Following this and history, you can clearly see that history has more often been on the side of the most solemn. Pshaw!

What The Teuton Said


What The Teuton Said

by Ishtarmuz

Consider the old bigoted canards of 19th and 20th Century psuedoscience suggesting a genetic underpinning to the tides of various ethnic thinking.  Is their any truth to the Teutonic character? I would say no, on principle, since I think it a stereotype, considering even ones backed by some evidence as  illusionary. . .

UkkedoerendunandKlikkaklakkaklaskaklopatzklatschabattacreppycrottygraddaghsemmihsammihnouithappluddyappladdypkonpkot.

. . . However, I am  not thinking particularly about the Teutonic authoritarian personality, but just the authoritarian personality. Maybe, the cultural ethos in this part of the world historically led to more people so characterized, maybe not. There may be some evidence that rigid upbringing might play a large role in the making of a racist expression of narcissistic rage endemic to such unempathetic worldviews. I would be loath to consider such evidence because the evidence itself rubs against the grain of my liberal view of how the world works. With that in mind, consider I must, the building of national characters with the rise of nationalism speaking more to the role of nurture rather than to nature.

Perkodhuskurunbarggruauyagokgorlayorgromgremmitghundhurthrumathunaradidillifaititillibumullunukkunun.

So, given a child before they are three, can you make them a Hitler or an Einstein? Within limits. This, at least, moves the idea out of the genetic to the behavioral regime, a place where the more behavioral among us would be happy to consider. Flash. Dark. Though I fear any day now to hear about a study showing convincing evidence for the existence of a genetic predisposition for all sorts of very specific behaviors, not the least of which would be the fear of thunder.

Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk.

The selective attention and reinforcement of what an in-group feels valuable to its survival can be quite over-determined by framing specific memories into the historic examples that prove simplistic bivalent beliefs. Flash. Dark. Given the right circumstances, the right narcissistic mirror could and did rise to power more than once to reflect all the rage that slumbers in the depths of generationally ingrained racist self fulfilling prophecies. Such is the manner that Hitlers are made, not born.

Those taught to not question authority, that duty and honor are more important than empathy and flexibility, and that property is more important than fraternity, all explain how nationalism has always trumped liberalism from the French Revolution onward.  So what do you say of Milgram’s experiment?  In just a simple setting with a person of authority asking you to shock someone to death on a lame pretext, over sixty percent complied. Does that not suggest that we, like in the Lord of Flies, live with just a thin veneer of civilization ready to explode into anarchy leading to a slavery promoted by the next demagogue that captures our imagination?

Thingcrooklyexineverypasturesixsixlikencehimaroundhersthemaggerbykinkinkankanwithdownmindlookingated …  Bladyughfoulmoecklenburgwhurawhorascortastrumpapornanennykocksapastippatappatupperstrippuckputtanach.

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