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The Glass Slipper

November 21, 2016

glass-slipperThe Glass Slipper.

In today’s political environment a great deal of slurs are being launched into public debate without thoughtful consideration, hair-triggered, knee-jerk reactions.  As any survey of the internet will quickly attest to, a lot of name-calling is going on and it was started at the top.  The meaning of words like “liar” is not in question, but before we start tossing out other names let’s be sure we all understand their meaning fully.

Here are three words that are currently being used in our political discourse that may be either confusing or misunderstood by some. You be the judge if they re being used improperly or not.

mi·sog·y·nist

məˈsäjənəst/

noun

noun: misogynist; plural noun: misogynists

      a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.

       synonyms: woman-hater; More antifeminist, (male) chauvinist, sexist,

       informal: male chauvinist pig

fas·cism

ˈfaSHˌizəm/

noun

noun: fascism; noun: Fascism; plural noun: Fascisms

an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

          synonyms:

authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy;

More Nazism, rightism;
nationalism, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism;
jingoism, isolationism;
neofascism, neo-Nazism

(in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

Nazi

1:  a member of a German fascist party controlling Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler

2 often not capitalized
a :  one who espouses the beliefs and policies of the German Nazis :  fascist
b : one who is likened to a German Nazi :  a harshly domineering, dictatorial, or intolerant person

“National Socialism represented much more than a political movement. The Nazi leaders who came to power in January 1933 desired more than to gain political authority, to revise the Versailles Treaty, and to regain and expand upon those lands lost after a humiliating defeat in World War I. They also wanted to change the cultural landscape: to return the country to traditional “German” and “Nordic” values, to excise or circumscribe Jewish, “foreign,” and “degenerate” influences, and to shape a racial community (Volksgemeinschaft) which aligned with Nazi ideals.

These ideals were at times contradictory: National Socialism was at once modern and anti-modern; it was dynamic and utopian, and yet often harkened back to an idyllic and romanticized German past. In certain elements, Nazi cultural principles were consistent: they stressed family, race, and Volk as the highest representations of German values. They rejected materialism, cosmopolitanism, and “bourgeois intellectualism,” instead promoting the “German” virtues of loyalty, struggle, self-sacrifice, and discipline. Nazi cultural values also placed great importance on Germans’ harmony with their native soil (Heimat) and with nature, and emphasized the elevation of the Volk and nation above its individual members.”
Read the complete article at…

https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007519

The Lessons of History

Does this sound familiar to you? Is not Nationalism always a plea to make a country “great again?” What methods are ethical and what goes too far?  we cannot even discuss it, if the terms we use mean different things to different people.  If we call someone a fascist or a Nazi, what does that really mean?  Is it an all or nothing proposition, or is it the entrée to the slippery mudslide of values lost in name calling? Or on the other hand is it the glass slipper, the transparent shoe that fits?

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