Ernest Sternberg the New Barbarians


Ernest Sternberg teaches at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Purifying the World: What the New Radical Ideology Stands For

Abstract: The past decade has seen the coalescence of a new ideology that envisions social movements in a cataclysmic struggle against global capitalist Empire. Controlled by U.S. militarism and multinational corporations, in cahoots with Zionism, Empire contaminates environments and destroys cultures. Its defeat will bring about a new era of social justice and sustainable development, in which the diverse cultures harmoniously share the earth. Is this a totalitarian ideology? From fascist and communist precedents, we learn that lovers of renewed humanity are not sufficiently motivated by abstract ideals. They must also identify humanity’s enemy, the cause of all suffering. Equipped with a scapegoat, diverse communities can achieve solidarity
through shared execration.
H/T: Dennis Mitzner

2 Responses

  1. The Islamic/Left/Fascist coalescing alliance (the purification movement) has clothed itself with the shining garments of the virtues but it unconsciously casts a long shadow that will cause immense suffering. Purificationists, like most people, do not know themselves, i.e., they do not know their personal shadow or the collective shadow. In a mass movement the individual is dumbed down to the lowest level, to his personal shadow, and the collective shadow becomes dominate. The mass movement will clothe itself in the greatest good (its conscious will) but will exercise itself in the greatest evil (the collective shadow). All of human history teaches us this but modern man thinks he is exempt from his own history, from his own archetypal nature. The purification movement is empowering the largest mass movement of deconstruction and self-loathing in history that is aiding and abetting forces of retrograde thinking, oppression, and mass murder. Purificationist legacy in this age of chemical/biological/nuclear/nano tech weapons will be catastrophic. Will humanity survive the twenty-first century with these technologies in the hands of 7th century mentality Muslims?

  2. Quote from Eric Hoffer, American social writer and philosopher (1902- 1983):

    "Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both."

    My own thoughts on the issue:
    I think it is quite clear what this means. Some people on this planet have a profound sense of existential boredom with regards to their own life. Which leaves them inherently unable to conduct their lives in a sensible, constructive or responsible manner.

    To avoid having to stare into the dark abyss of their existential incapabilities for the rest of their lives, some of these people deliberately decide to dedicate themselves to a type of higher cause, that justifies itself with despicable propaganda, conspiracy theories and the violence they deem necessary to emphasize their 'victim status'. Plus, the megalomaniac propagation of a system that will be 'beneficial to all'.

    Therefore, fanatics derive their sense of purpose and self-worth only from the number of people who are willing to mobilise themselves for such a cause and who want to swallow their 'authority' wholesale without even thinking about it for just one minute.

    Hatred-filled mass movements can only feed the desire of those individuals that want to transcend into 'larger than life' proportions, like fake gurus.

    Conversely, should their personal grievances fall on deaf ears, than they'd clearly have to realise that they would be nothing other than pathetic, spiteful individuals for the rest of their lives, and nothing more than that.

    This is probably one of the best quotes I have ever read. It really makes me think about what totalitarian ideologies are all about, deep down. PC/MC political elites for instance could do a bit of soul-searching and self-analysis based on it.

    But then of course they would have to admit to themselves that deep down, they are inherently hollow men and women, with no other purpose than to hate for the sake of hating itself. Without that, they wouldn't be able to justify their own being.

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