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Post The Paradox of Prohibited Ideologies
Created by John Eipper on 02/13/20 4:49 AM

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The Paradox of Prohibited Ideologies (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 02/13/20 4:49 am)

Frankly I could not understand what Barbara Molas (11 February) meant when she wrote: "I certainly do not believe that challenging the way we remember is jeopardizing freedom of expression, but rather a way to (finally) start a discussion around the power of memory to either trigger or prevent hate."

Probably I do not understand because I experienced the male assoluto (absolute evil) of fascism and the sistema migliore (best system) of the present-day lay, democratic and antifascist system born from the Resistance and in an occupied country.

Or more simply, it may be due to my own poor understanding.

Generally the conquest of the cultural power emerges from political power, and this fact is obtained by the concerted efforts of the politically correct intellectuals dominating all the media, artistic and academic expressions and communications.

The Left is a master in said job. For instance when the great and astute politician Palmiro Togliatti could not take power in Italy by democratic means, he ordered that the university, judiciary system, artists and various intellectuals (even if former fascists) should by any means, flattery, favoritism and even menace, to become left-wing or extreme left. Togliatti was successful at this.

In my personal voyage as a Bastian Contrario, I was strongly menaced at school and had to find work abroad. Fortunately I had no problem at the university, as very surprisingly I met professors (the great Luraghi, whom I mentioned in a previous post, and one other) who did not require from me blind and absolute obedience to political correctness. Contrary to the political joke mentioned a short time ago on WAIS, I have actually met Communists who are intelligent and of good faith and we are friends.

Returning to the subject, as soon as you forbid an ideology or challenge the way we may review history (especially according to the feelings of the times and not to the feelings of today) it is the same act of oppression that theoretically it is intended to eliminate such oppression. Personally I do not support the idea of prohibiting communist, fascist, or capitalist manifestations, as the people should be wise enough to decide what is wrong without orders from the government in power.

Fortunately for the US, up to now (but will this continue into the future?), there has always been freedom of expression.

JE comments:  I believe Eugenio and Barbara are in agreement.  When it comes to hateful events in history, what is important is to confront the past and discuss it--even, as Barbara wrote, at the risk of reviving that ideology among certain zealots.

Whenever Eugenio Battaglia mentions political correctness, I am always struck by the difference in meaning between Europe and the US.  On these shores, PC refers not to ideology (politics) but identity--race, gender, sexual orientation, and the like.

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