The world indeed doesn't rotate around the US, and the dangers of the far left is becoming far clearer in Europe than in the US as the US is turning more and more into a battleground between the far left and far right.
Yes, you open tons of threads, but they are full of bullshit.
I don't, I just read them, but anyways.
In this one, for example, a peaceful demonstration in London against a far right group that regularly fight with the police was painted as a dangerous group who should be marked as 'terrorists'. And denounced, against all evidence, as 'Zionist'. The threads about 'antifa' I see on PoFo are typical examples of the hysteria and detachment from reality of right wingers.
It seems this must be repeated a few thousands of times, the far right being shit doesn't excuse the far left for being shit as well.
Regarding Antifa, they're a group of low level thugs equally as thuggish as the far right and the new "alt right" gangs and "protestors". Both are shit.
But when we look at the mainstream and the laws, the right isn't the one growing in power, infact the right wing is being shunned out in most places. It's the far left growing in power in many countries in Europe and the west in general and it's the far left, more and more, shaping the legal grounds.
Historical revisionism for WW2 or pre-war? That is far righters making excuses for Hitler, or saying the west should have joined with Hitler to fight Stalin. What 'historical revisionism' do you think you've seen?
Feel free to surf the discussions on the soviet union and their social policies and how they're portrayed, not just on this forum but in the "progressive media" and mainstream academia throughout the western world.
The 'anti-science' stuff with race is those who think humanity can be divided up into 'races', and assigned stereotypical characteristics. The science is quite clear about it; there are variations in the human genome, but hardly any have any correlation to skin colour.
Skin color is an adoption to environment built over thousands of years, just as many other features; although this does not justify racism nor does hold any differences beyond physical features between various racial groups, race and ethnicities still do exist.
And regarding gender, which is the most discussed, biological and genetic differences between men and women do exist, sex and gender are not "social constructs", and gender roles, though their theme varies, are, for the most part, biologically driven.
And also, you can't switch gender back and forth overnight, and there are only 2 genders.
When he was a 29 year old teacher. There are 3 known times he blacked up, and he himself says there may be more - he thought so little of it that it wasn't something that would stick in his mind. This is worth discussing.
Once then, and mainly when he was in high school and university.
People have thrown away their books they no longer think worthwhile all the time.
Not in a huge pile and not for ideological reasons.
That one person has proudly posted on social media about it is hardly a 'book burning phase'.
You mean that one person emptying a school's library?
And it does seem like lots of people are just fine with it as it is the logical conclusion of the push for the so-called "diversity" in reading habits promoted by the likes of the Guardian and Buzzfeed under the banner of anti-racism and anti-sexism and all of that.
It starts with "read from people with more diverse backgrounds" and all, then it turns into labeling anything from differing views or ideologies as not only racist and sexist, etc, but also reading them is participation in the sexism and racism and then it turns to get rid of those materials and it's a matter of time before we start seeing the book burning. (We're in the second stage right now)
Funny enough, I've also seen this alot when I lived in Jordan, some books are just evil and anti-Islam, even if they didn't even discuss Islam to begin with, simply because they differ in views from the Islamic doctrine and they are written by infidels so by reading them you'd be committing apostasy as you participate in spreading infidel beliefs and ideas.
Of course, Salafists already passed the book burning and banning stages long ago.
Public shaming has been around in all civilizations throughout history.
Sure, public shaming is the normal standard, it's when it turns to mob bullying, social castration, and ostracisation for minor things or for holding different views that it becomes a problem.
They pretty much depend on it as a form of protecting the status quo. The amount of shaming these days is far less than it used to be. But some of the shaming is now directed at those who want to shame others
Shaming other people of all sides by all sides is expected. When it turns into bullying, witch hunts, arrests, and censorship, it becomes a problem.
And what the Guardian publishes about race and gender is bullshit and inconsistent with most scientific facts, especially what it publishes about gender. And BuzzFeed and HuffPost are even worse.
It's the right wing who are encouraging death squads (Duterte), burning the remaining forests (Bolsonaro) and locking up innocent children (Trump). That's the cancer on the world. Of course that's who people should concentrate on. Instead, you're mischaracterising books in a bin as 'totalitarian'.
Because those are already considered bad and evil and are fought against by every one and they'll never last.
Them existing, again, does not mean that totalitarianism isn't on the rise from the far left and it doesn't mean it's not a problem. Two wrongs don't make a right.
And in my view, yes, the totalitarian elements on the left, especially among the far-left progressive movement, are far far more dangerous than any Trump or right-wing movement.
We already know Trump is shit, everyone does, and everyone will fight hem and stop hem.
The totalitarians inside the liberal movement will gradually destroy it from the inside, and not only the world as a whole will end up under the grip of different flavors of totalitarian ideologies then, but there won't be anything left to stand up to it.
And again with the comparison with the Islamic world; it's not groups like ISIS that are a threat, those are already seen as horrible and everyone fights them and shuts them down, it's institutions like Al-Azhar and the various offshoots of the Muslim brotherhood that grows like cancer in the background, changing laws and reforming social norms to their image all while everyone is too busy paying attention to the obvious evil like ISIS and the Taliban.