Archive | July 2019

What is Fascism?

I see that there is a concerted effort by revisionists and reactionaries today to paint Hitler as a “man of the left” and to characterise fascism as a left-wing movement. Where it is not just ignorance, it is likely a diversionary and propaganda tactic to deflect attention from their own predilections towards fascism — an old subterfuge and propaganda trick called “direction by indirection”.

Let’s clear this nonsense up by examining what we might call “classical” fascism as it developed in the Axis Powers — Germany, Italy, and Japan — and what these different flavours of fascism actually had in common.

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Conversion Against Perversion

Let’s continue with the topic we addressed in yesterday’s post about Buddhism’s Three Evils, the Three Gems, and how Rosenstock-Huessy’s “cross of reality” and “grammatical method” reveal the meaning of it in a way that Ken Wilber’s AQAL model could not. And let’s continue with this theme to show how certain vital truths, pretty much forgotten, are revealed in this pattern.

Again, the Three Evils which are today rampant in “the New Normal” are Greed, Malice (or ill-will) and Ignorance. Instead of repressing or denying these, the Buddhist vow of the Three Gems converts them. “I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha” basically is the conversion of the Three Evils, in and through which the “I” itself is converted. This is the real meaning of “conversion” as “to have one”s face turned in a new direction”.

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The Three Gems and The Cross of Reality

Buddhism has the “Three Evils”. These are Greed, Malice (or Ill-Will) and Ignorance. These are evils because they do something to the “cross of reality” (which is a mandala). They dismantle it. They attack one or more fronts of the cross of reality.

Against the Three Evils, Buddhism pronounces the Three Gems, represented in the vow: “I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha”. The elements of the cross of reality are here represented once more. Let’s see how this plays out.

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