First, my apologies that this post will be somewhat stream of consciousness. But something has been on my mind, and it’s important enough that I should not be silent about it. Holocaust Remembrance Day yesterday has goaded me to say something even if my thoughts are not that well organized yet.
Yesterday is a reminder of how deadly totalitarianism is. The totalitarian mindset cares not a wit for the freedom and lives of political opponents and of others who are hated for other reasons, such as class, religion, and ethnicity. Totalitarianism is why the 20th Century was such a deadly one. And do not forgot that the Communist brand of totalitarianism killed tens of millions more than Hitler’s did. Of course, thankfully, Hitler’s time was shorter.
Another lesson of the 20th Century is that often it is hard to see just how dangerous times are when you are in the middle of them. As a child, I wondered why all the Jews did not flee what was to come. Well, although they knew times were not good, most did not know the horrors to come although there was much warning. Us humans are prone to denial of coming horrors until it is too late.
I understand that denial more now. I see the totalitarian mindset on the march today in the conduct of the Left and of the Deep State, of their contempt for freedom of speech, for freedom of religion, and of democracy in general. I also see it in the vilification of others under the guise of “White Privilege” and now and soon “Christian Privilege.” I do not know what scares me more, the little totalitarians taking over college campuses or the conduct of Mueller and Company in attempting to overturn a presidential election. Their method of practically inventing the crimes of political opponents reminds me of the old Soviet Union and of today’s Russian under Putin. Instead of investigating a crime and finding the man behind it, they investigate the man and search for or invent a supposed crime to bring him down. The raid of Trump’s lawyer’s offices has made that modus operandi that much more clear.
And yet part of me thinks this too will pass. But I don’t know whether that part is realistic or in denial.
Under totalitarianism, the people are not allowed to choose their leaders (except for the correct “The People,” of course). And it seems electing Trump was not permissible and must be overturned. I’ve said it before and will say it again, the Left and others with a totalitarian mindset only respect democracy when they win. And very early on, I smelled an attempted coup against Trump, and that attempted coup continues.
I know I may seem overwrought. I know that totalitarianism in the U. S. may seem a conspiratorial fever dream. But how many saw the coming ravages of Nazism and Communism before it was too late? For that matter, how many ten or twenty years ago foresaw how mad the college campuses have become? And with the attacks on free speech and on Constitutional and democratic values in general, I see warning signs too similar to warning signs of totalitarianism in the past. More and more, I feel like I am living in a pre-totalitarian time and place. I certainly understand more what so many Europeans experienced in the 20th Century.
Yes, I told you this would be somewhat stream of consciousness. Anyway, you may have noticed this blog has become less political and I hope I can keep it that way. I’ve seen how politics can divide in the Anglican Church in North America and have been thinking I, too, should become more selective and careful in discussing politics in an Anglican context. I do want this blog to inform and edify, not drive away.
But what I, and others, see happening in America and in the West will very much affect the church and us all if the current direction of politics and culture goes unchecked. So I may address the revival of totalitarian and of the totalitarian mindset from time to time as unpleasant as the subject may be.