Spirituality as the New Fascism
The Worrying Trend Emerging out of the New Age Movement
What is Fascism?
Fascism is not confined within political gates alone.
Known as a far-right ideology, the notion focuses on a race, group, or force as being superior and maintaining the status quo.
This is more than a group upholding the ideal. It is non-secular: it disregards those who do not measure up, there is only ‘us and them’.
This is indeed where Hitler made the ideology most infamous. The Aryan race referred to all those with blonde and blue eyes. All those that did not meet the criteria were otherwise disposed of (literally). Welcome concentration camps and the annihilation of whole races, who of course, were the Jews.
Robert Paxton, who is a professor in the study of fascism at Columbia University; denotes that fascism sees ‘national strength’ as what makes a nation “good”. Anything that does not make the cut, is ostracised.
What makes a nation strong? What makes a group strong?
Do individuals need to be physically strong? What about mentally strong, or perhaps biologically strong?
Does a fascist ideology pick and choose? According to Paxton, fascists do pick and choose. The man was ultimately superior according to the Nazis, yet it is women who are biologically stronger. Yet women do not have the physical strength of men. Who are we to do away with? And so the ultimate measure became a set of characteristics.
We have all experienced fascism of some kind or another. I experienced fascism at primary school, when I was not deemed worthy of a group, or as a team-mate. In the absence of acceptance, we seek out our own niche, a sense of belonging. Or we stand alone and find our own voice.
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The New Age Movement
I have lived in various different countries over the past ten years. I have spent a decade being an ex-pat. It is inevitable that such an experience will attract outsiders or those who believe in a different way. Everyone has their own experience here on Earth, and we try to find our own path if we can.
Expats are naturally inclined to be more independent, autonomous, self-seeking, and curious. If they were not, why would they move to a country very different from their own?
The ex-pat community serves this motivation to improve, persevere, and to self-actualize. Daily life is a new take on everything: Yoga upside down, Vegan restaurants serving eggs, and a whole new culture to digest. The further away from the culture, the further away from your experience.
Often people who have become autonomous, have traveled. They have experienced things that have questioned their beliefs, and is this not the reason they left home in the first place?
Expat communities across the world experiment on many different levels: with their diet, their motivation, their spirituality, and their norms and values.
Many are Vegan, self-made, and creative. Anything that offers greater autonomy is a game.
They are part of the New Age movement, which inspires spirituality. Spirituality concerns the deeper meaning of life and living a life of purpose. It is steeped in the notion of consciousness, and the importance to act mindfully.
Let’s compare the New Age movement to communities that have never left home. Communities who have never sought, and struggle to maintain health, let alone find their life purpose.
These are communities that are unfortunately being ravaged by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Especially in America.
The New Age Outbreak
Yet, there seems to be an outbreak within the New Age community with far-reaching implications.
New-age leaders and practitioners are speaking a language vested in their own self-interest.
One self-made entrepreneur, who owns her own yoga retreat in Costa Rica, recently posted a picture of her, her husband, and 18 of their friends in Austin, Texas.
This was to celebrate her recent pregnancy. At all other times, this is a beautiful occasion.
However, there is a global pandemic going on. Texas was only in stage 1 of re-opening. This does not include mass gatherings.
She has had numerous comments on her social media, with one follower quoting:
“Gathering in groups this large is still not recommended by the CDC. My perspective is that it’s not all about YOU”
She and her husband believe there is a conspiracy afoot and an ulterior motive concerning Covid 19. Hence the gathering.
This is someone who holds herself highly accountable for how she lives her life, and perhaps more so how she is perceived. Living a conscious life-all is one, all is connected. Her business is based upon it, trading as a ‘holistic business coach’ and she posts openly and honestly, reflecting upon her life, and her struggles.
Yet, when one follower approved of the gathering, going as far to say:
“So nice to see a group of healthy happy people with strong immune systems hanging together!! I totally understand protecting the people who have completely ignored their health and are now in danger of dying of any virus that comes along but we should be able to live our lives the way we always have??”
The self-made entrepreneur replied with:
“Couldn’t agree more”
I replied to the follower:
“You are at risk of sounding fascist. The choices other people make do not make them less important.”
The holistic entrepreneur has since blocked me on her account.
Since when did putting their lives, before the lives of others become conscious? It is not, it is completely at the other end of the scale, and it is extremely revealing.
Do unhealthy people not matter in the spiritual community?
This is someone I have followed for a while, and I find her writing insightful and deep. Her husband is a ‘Conscious Comedian’, really funny, and regularly posts sarcastic anecdotes that take the mick out of ‘spiritual people’. I wonder if his latest video will depict him and his wife? The irony.
The other irony is, the ‘Concious Comedian’ did not post celebratory gatherings on his social media.
In response to the ‘backlash’ the ‘holistic entrepreneur’ is receiving, she has made a podcast and quotes:
“This podcast may trigger you because it may challenge your current beliefs.”
Funnily enough, this is exactly what I was doing.
“We will not be silenced or censored, and we will continue to fight to protect our constitutional rights”
However, it seems to be okay to censor other people.
“Our hopes and prayers for a more peaceful future where we stand united as humanity despite our differences.”
Humanity on a united front again, yet humanity does not seem to figure into their decision making.
I may sound like the police here, and maybe I am, but I am making a point.
Spiritual Bypassing as the New Fascism
People posing as ‘spiritual’ and ‘conscious’ and #wokeasf**k, seem to have created a whole new memo, one in which spiritual bypassing is the new fascism.
‘Spiritual bypassing’ is the avoidance of facing up to emotions, thoughts, feelings, and anger-by instead focusing on spiritual practices or ideologies. It is basically avoidance tactics.
For example, a person feels low emotionally, feels sad, and reaches for the biscuit tin.
There seems to be a trend within the spiritual community, to use spirituality, as a means to find acceptance. And perhaps exonerate oneself.
It is important to strive for a better life, but no one can have achieved anything, when it is at the expense of others.
This is age old however, people will always compare to those less fortunate, in order to exalt their own status.
A Question of Foundation
It bears the question: are the foundations of spirituality built on insecurity?
They are when it concerns spiritual bypassing.
Let us not forget the foundations of Nazi Germany. Hitler built the ideology upon his insecurity and lack of belonging. He was not accepted into art school.
Instead, Hitler built an army under his name.
Paxton further explains that fascism bears an ‘enhanced sense of identity and belonging’
Fascism correlates self-esteem with the grandeur of the group.
Paxton also explains that supporting the group is more important than individual or universal rights.
A Question of Affirmation
In the days since the Instagram post, I have received various responses from other members of the ‘group’. Unfortunately, they only seek to affirm the group, and make assumptions about those who do not belong to it.
One follower assumed I was ‘mainstream’ because I did not agree with what the couple are communicating.
Since I had a differing opinion, I must be ‘mainstream’. I must belong to ‘another group’.
There does not seem to be room for anyone to have a mind of their own.
Revolutionists Ahead of the Game
Since the New Age movement is revolutionary and dynamic, there is an idea that they know what others do not.
Lachlan Montague, a writer of fascism in Melbourne attributes:
“Fascism is definitely revolutionary and dynamic”
Why would anyone think any differently?
Fortunately, this does not represent the whole ‘spiritual community but it is growing. I have also had communications with others who have no feeling as to what is happening collectively in the world. They are more concerned with how they are ‘thriving’, in the light of others’ suffering it seems.
What would Jesus do?!
Joking aside, he definitely would not turn a blind eye.
Expect a Srebrenica-like massacre anytime by Jewish Settlers in the West Bank
Encouraged by the Israeli government’s acquiescence, millenarian Jewish settlers in the West Bank seem to miss no chance to emulate “Hitler youth,” the para-military Nazi gangs that murdered, and terrorized Jews prior and during the Second World War.
“Hitler Youth” carried out some of the most outrageous acts of mass terror against Jews throughout Germany and Austria prior to the outbreak of the World War II.
During their rampages, they murdered people, vandalized property and torched businesses. They took an active part in Kristallnacht’s “Night of Broken Glass” on 9-10 November, 1938, burning down numerous synagogues.
According to historical sources, the pretext for the attacks was the assassination of the German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew living in Paris.
Kristallnacht was followed by additional economic and political persecution of Jews, and is viewed by some historians as part of Nazi Germany’s broader racial policy, and the beginning of the holocaust.
Jewish Settlers in the West Bank: Judeo-Nazis
Today, more or less the same scene is being replayed by the Nazi-like Jewish settlers in full collusion and coordination with the Israeli government and security forces in the West Bank.
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The settlers play the role of Hitler Youths and other Nazi paramilitary gangs while the Israeli security forces play the role of Gestapo and SS.
I know there are differences between the two cases. However, one must be faithful to one’s rectitude, which compels us to recognize the immense similarities.
In both cases, we are talking about a nefarious racist ideology (Aryan Supremacy -the Master Race) in the German case, and (Jewish supremacy or chosen people) in Israel’s case.
Indeed, when subjecting the two movements to cool examination and analysis, the two terror groups (Jewish settlers and Hitler Youth) look as two sides of the same coin, notwithstanding some secondary differences.
Most of the Jewish settlers now marauding through the West Bank and Jerusalem are graduates or students at Talmudic schools known as Yeshivot. They are thoroughly indoctrinated in the Talmudic ideology which views non-Jews as virtual animals. This means that the life of any goy (non-Jew) has absolutely no sanctity. This is far worse than the Nazi concept of the lower classes or Untermenschen.
The Jewish Settlers’ terror : Never forget
On 13 July, 2014, Jewish settlers in the West Bank kidnapped and burned alive a Palestinian child, after pumping gasoline into his body. Typically, when hair-raising incidents like this occur, the perpetrators often blame Torah sages and Talmud teachers in their communities for okaying the hideous crime.
I don’t know why these Jewish settlers in the West Bank chose this particular gruesome method to end the innocent child’s life. Did they want to vicariously punish the Nazis, on the ground that all goyem are the same, irrespective whether they are Germans, or Palestinians or Chinese?
What was even more outrageous was the behavior of the Israeli government. The Israeli security officials spread disinformation alleging that Abu Khdeir was murdered by his own family.
Israeli Offilcals: Lying like breathing
Indeed, only when there was no room for denying the obvious did Israeli leaders admit the occurrence of the crime. The reluctant admission was not due to concern about the monstrosity of the crime. It was rather imputed to concerns about the public relation damage that Israel would incur as a result of the crime.
The Jewish settlers’ terror against the Palestinian people in the West Bank occurs with the knowledge, acquiescence and direct or indirect encouragement of the Israeli government. Claiming otherwise would be like committing an act of lewdness with truth.
In fact, it is well known that some Israeli security officers often teach Jewish settlers how to conceal evidence of murder just as the Israeli justice system easily exonerates Jewish murder suspects accused of murdering Palestinians. A few weeks ago, I asked a Jewish lawyer from Haifa to explain the chances of a Palestinian receiving true justice in a Jewish court.
The lawyer, a lady, told me this: “No non-Jew can hope for true justice in a Jewish court, period.”
Jewish settlers and their supporters from within the army and Shin Bet security agency have burnt and vandalized dozens of mosques in the West Bank. However, so far, not a single perpetrator has been apprehended let alone punished. This amounts to a green light that encourages the terrorist settlers to “keep up the good work.”
Jewish Settlers in the West Bank: Expect the worse
Today, the Israeli government is using these genocidal fanatic Jewish Settlers to murder and terrorize unarmed and unprotected Palestinians for the purpose of driving them away from their homeland in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
The criminal Jewish settlers pray for a miracle to empty the land, the West Bank and Jerusalem, of its indigenous inhabitants, the Palestinians. They invoke the 1948-Nakba, saying “if we did it once, we could do it again.”
This is why these evil people are willing and ready to embark on the unthinkable, including carrying out a Srebrenica-like massacre of Palestinian villagers.
The settlers believe they could do such heinous act with minimal or no impunity. They cite Jewish domination of the American government and Congress as well as the settlers’ domination within the Israeli army.
Yes, they could embark on the unthinkable. Don’t say “we didn’t know.”
BBC’s Modi Documentary Rattles Modi Government
BCC recently released a documentary on India’s controversial right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi rattling Modi and his ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The documentary’s first episode titled “India: The Modi Question” which was released in the UK on 17th January drew a sharp reaction from the Modi government.
Modi Government Blocks the Documentary in India
The Modi government moved swiftly to block the documentary in India. Proving right the critics of IT Rules, 2021, the Modi government’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting invoked emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021 to order YouTube to take down all the videos that had published the first episode of the documentary. Orders were also issued to Twitter to take down all the tweets that had posted the link to the documentary. Both YouTube and Twitter complied with the orders, removing all the posts and videos flagged by the government.
The government alleged that the documentary was found to be “undermining sovereignty and integrity of India, and having the potential to adversely impact India’s friendly relations with foreign states”, which allowed for the invocation of the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021. The government also alleged that the documentary questions the credibility of the Supreme Court of India and attempts to sow divisions among different communities while also making unsubstantiated allegations regarding the activities of foreign governments in India.
Earlier India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson dismissed the documentary as a “propaganda piece that lacks objectivity and reflects colonial mindset”. The spokesperson also questioned the timings of the release of the documentary.
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The documentary’s first episode produced by the BBC tracks Modi’s “first steps into politics”- his association with the right-wing Hindu extremist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), his rise through the ranks of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and further his appointment as Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat in 2001 till 2014. As the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi’s involvement in and his response to a series of communal riots in 2002 remains a source of controversy.
The documentary highlights a previously unpublished report, obtained by the BBC from the British Foreign Office, which raises questions about Modi’s actions during the religious riots. The report claims that Modi was “directly responsible” for the “climate of impunity” that enabled the violence.
The report cited by the BCC was part of an inquiry ordered by the then foreign secretary Jack Straw. The reports say that “the extent of violence was much greater than reported” and “the aim of the riots was to purge Muslims from Hindu areas”.
Jack Straw is heard in the documentary saying, “these were very serious claims that Mr Modi had played a proactive part in pulling back police and in tacitly encouraging the Hindu extremists. That was a particularly egregious example of political involvement to prevent police from doing their job to protect the Hindus and the Muslims.”
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Modi’s Role in Gujarat Riots of 2002
It is the documentary’s highlight of the Gujarat riots of 2002 that has rattled the Modi government.
The Gujarat riots of 2002 claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people. Most of those killed were Muslims. Modi is alleged to have instigated the riots and further prevented the police and the army from taking any action to stop the riots. Most of the reports published on the Gujarat riots by the Indian media as well as the international media point out Modi’s direct role in facilitating the riots. It has been claimed that Modi gave a free hand to Hindu extremists to kill Muslims and the aim was to purge Hindu localities of Muslims.
Modi has rejected these accusations. Further, in 2013 an investigation approved by the Indian Supreme Court absolved Mr. Modi of complicity in the rioting. Based on that finding, a court in the state of Gujarat found that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.
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Action Taken by Foreign Countries against Modi
Like the above-cited British Foreign Office report, there were many countries that were convinced of Modi’s role in the killing of Muslims during the riots. Concerned countries acted against Modi at different levels.
Modi was banned entry into the U.S. for more than a decade for his role in the riots. In 2005, Modi became the only person ever to be denied a U.S. visa under the 1998 law on violations of religious freedom. The U.S. State Department invoked a little-known U.S. law passed in 1998 that makes foreign officials responsible for “severe violations of religious freedom” ineligible for visas. The ban on Modi’s travel to the U.S. was revoked by the Obama administration in 2014 after he became the prime minister of India.
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A Permanent Stain on Modi’s Career
Modi may have achieved great things in his political career, but the stain of the Gujarat riots is permanent on his career.
Modi loves the camera. He loves advertising and branding himself. Modi puts his picture on everything. He loves hearing his voice. However, ever since he became the prime minister of India, he has never given an unscripted interview to the media. He has also never held a press conference in India or abroad. It has been claimed that Modi does not want difficult questions about his attitude towards the Muslim minority of India thrown at him.
When Modi became the prime minister of India, Indian liberals were hopeful that Modi had changed. They were wrong in their assessment that Modi as a prime minister would be inclusive. However, after Modi’s eight years as a prime minister now, he has not changed his attitude towards Muslims. As of now, Muslims are increasingly persecuted by his government.
This author highly recommends that you watch the BBC documentary on Modi. Its first episode has been released here (if you are outside the UK watch it here or use VPN). The next episode will be available on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 21:00.
Double standards haunt FIFA
At this year’s FIFA World Cup, Palestine is still represented. Moroccan players carried the Palestinian flag with pride at every victory in their matches.
Morocco’s public carried Palestinian flags and chanted Palestinian songs at the same time.
According to reports, US President Donald Trump announced Morocco and Israel’s agreement to normalize and establish diplomatic relations, making it the fourth Arab country in just four months to do so.
And while this coincided with the United States’ recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, the “Agence France Presse” agency said, “Morocco confirms the resumption of diplomatic relations as soon as possible with Israel.”
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Morocco witnessed widespread protests rejecting normalization and abandoning Palestine and the resistance, and the Moroccan leaders considered that this is not considered normalization, but an alliance to facilitate the problems between Palestine and Israel.
A sizable portion of the populace continues to oppose normalization and remain steadfast in their protest both inside and outside the World Cup stadium.
The German national team expressed its anger since the first match after Qatar and FIFA banned the wearing of the LGBTQ badge in matches and considered the German team and the German government a flagrant violation of freedoms. Despite this, a German official wore the gay badge in a subsequent match, not interested in the laws of Qatar and FIFA as a matter of freedom of opinion and expression.
However, after the Morocco-Spain match, the Moroccan national team raised the flag of Palestine, German newspapers criticized the act, saying that it and the German newspaper “Taz” criticized the Moroccan national team’s players raising the Palestinian flag, describing it as “anti-Semitism and a childish challenge to show the alleged Arab unity,” she said.
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The German newspaper also attacked the Qatari government, claiming that it supports terrorist resistance movements in waging wars against Israel for years.
The funny thing is that the German side wants to infringe on the freedom of expression and opinion of the Moroccan team, and the freedom of opinion and expression only stands for them.
(UKLFI) protests against FIFA
Famous pro-Israel advocacy group UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) has voiced opposition to the Moroccan football team’s display of the Palestinian flag during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Jewish Chronicle reports that the London-based organization accused the North African nation of breaking FIFA regulations in a letter to Jorge Palacio, the chair of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
After the denunciations of banning alcohol and wearing the LGBTQ badge, expressing that this is a flagrant violation of freedom of opinion and expression, everyone hastened to attack the Moroccan team, which raised the Palestinian flag in solidarity with it against the Israeli aggressions and the ethnic cleansing that Palestine endures and the daily martyrdom in Palestine.
Palestine will remain present in the stadiums, lands, and hearts of everyone, despite all the challenges and attacks it suffers daily.
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