Something has been awakened. And it’s only the beginning.
#MAGACommunism is taking the internet by storm, and it isn’t going anywhere. Everyone bearing witness to this phenomena appears puzzled. How can MAGA and COMMUNISM be united? For one is clearly far-right, and the other far-left.
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Perhaps it’s like the syncretic, third position politics of fascism, like National Bolshevism? That, of course, assumes the proper significance of a political spectrum.
All political analysts, ideologists, thinkers, and ‘political content creators’ since the incipient populist era of the 2010s have hitherto used, as a heuristic tool to navigate Euro-American politics – some kind of ‘political spectrum.’
The Political Spectrum
All political strategy begins, as an almost axiomatic premise, with an understanding of ‘right-wing’ and ‘left-wing’ forces. Thus, one often gets views as the following:
- Should we vote for Biden? It depends, can we push him left? He is more to the left than Trump…
- Voters in America didn’t like Bernie, because he was too far to the left, and Americans are currently very right wing.
- How can Nazism come from the Democrats? The Democrats are not as right wing as the Republicans, and Nazism is far right.
Of course, this neglects to explain how supposedly ‘right wing’ forces appear to outflank leftists all the time, assuming positions, successfully at that, that appear to be associated with the extreme-left, like the unconditional anti-interventionism espoused by figures like Ron Paul, or the discourse against free market neoliberalism associated with the nascent 2016 Trump campaign.
The contrary is also true. If Breitbart were to release an article expressing a favorable view of eugenics, it would be derided as a form of far-right Nazism. But if MSNBC were to release that same piece, attempting to rehabilitate it from the perspective of climate change, it would pass under the radar of ‘leftists’ without question. Such unthinkable scenarios happen all the time. The Western Left routinely defends arming Ukrainian Neo-Nazis (i.e. as in, some don’t even deny they are Nazis, but defend arming them anyway) with high-grade military equipment, as the lesser of two evils in the face of Russia.
Yet it still remains an article of faith that the force animating, driving, and defining politics – is derived from some continuum, pendulum, or tug-of-war represented in the form of the political spectrum. For most liberals – in whom, after all, the political spectrum as a heuristic device has its origins (i.e. basing itself in formalistic idealism) Nazism is the primary metaphysical force.
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