Mittwoch, 4. Juni 2008

SVP and the Rise of the Politics of Fear

Davon ist die SVP noch weit entfernt. Sie hat sich im Gegenteil radikalisiert und wird heute von Ideologen beherrscht, die alles rückgängig machen wollen, was an sozialem Fortschritt und gesellschaftlicher Emanzipation in den letzten Jahrzehnten erreicht worden ist. Deshalb der tiefe Hass auf die Alt-68er, auf die «Linken und Netten» und die «Cüpli-Sozialisten». Deshalb auch die ideologische Nähe zu den US-Republikanern. Diese befinden sich bereits in der Krise, die SVP ist auf dem besten Weg dorthin.

Quelle: SVP: Der amerikanische Alptraum – Analyse – Schweiz – Tages-Anzeiger

Empfehlenswert ist in dieser Hinsicht die dreiteilige Dokumentation The Power of Nightmares. The Rise of the Politics of Fear, die über die Neokonservativen in den USA und ihren War On Terror herzieht. Wenn es stimmt, dass die SVP bei dieser Gruppierung „abgeschaut“ hat, sollte die Dokumentation einen Grossteil des Gebahrens der Polter-Partei verständlich machen. Interessante Betrachtungsweise!

Der Intro-Text bringt es auf den Punkt:

In the past, politicians promised to create a better world. They had different ways of achieving this. But their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered to their people. Those dreams failed. And today, people have lost faith in ideologies. Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life. But now, they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism. A powerful and sinister network, with sleeper cells in countries across the world. A threat that needs to be fought by a war on terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It’s a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media.

This is a series of films about how and why that fantasy was created, and who it benefits. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neoconservatives, and the radical Islamists. Last week’s episode ended in the late ‘90s with both groups marginalized and out of power. But with the attacks of September 11th, the fates of both dramatically changed. The Islamists, after their moment of triumph, were virtually destroyed within months, while the neoconservatives took power in Washington. But then, the neoconservatives began to reconstruct the Islamists. They created a phantom enemy. And as this nightmare fantasy began to spread, politicians realized the newfound power it gave them in a deeply disillusioned age. Those with the darkest nightmares became the most powerful.

Quelle: The Power of Nightmares – Part III

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