To all the free people of Earth - our freedom is in jeopardy and we have to fight for it!
I. Why are we fucked?
Once in a million blue moons I use this blog to post something different than art, let alone my own thoughts but I think it’s time to speak up.
No, this is not about Trump. Or not only about him. It’s about the wave of fascism and populism rising on the Western front. I’m talking about Brexit. I’m talking about the upcoming presidential elections in Austria. I’m talking about Marine Le Pen. I’m talking about Victor Orban. I’m talking about every other scumbag leader who uses fear to rise to power.
It hasn’t been a generation since the Second World War ended and we’re back to hating others and blaming entire groups of people for our misery. I believe everyone following this blog understands that one’s intellectual capacity is not determined by one’s skin color, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, eye color, facial hair, favorite Pokemon etc.
No matter if you’re a liberal, a conservative, a moderate or a cthulhuist, blaming someone for your problems just because they are part of a given group is bullshit. Then why do we keep electing assholes who claim division is best?
Division leads to grouping. Groups lead to wars. It’s always been like that and it will always be like that. The only way to stop the pain is unity. Mankind has only prospered when two or more groups connect and work together. Walls cause economic and social death. Roads allow for development and increase in the standard of living.
II. What can you do?
1. Defend the weak -
People must stand against all forms of hate crimes. When you see someone being attacked because of their race, sex, gender, sexuality or whatever - please don’t look away!
2. Talk to people you don’t agree with while keeping an open mind - yes, it’s hard. But get out of your filter bubble and talk to the other side. It will be frustrating, you’ll hear horrible and stupid things but keep in mind that they think the same of your ideas. Try to find common ground, work TOGETHER towards a solution of a common problem. Keep an open mind for fresh ideas, because mental stagnation leads to intellectual coma.
3. Always stand against fascist ideas and simple populist solutions - nothing in this world is simple. Nothing. Anyone claiming to have all the answers is lying to you. Don’t be afraid to call them out on their nonsense.
4. “Silence is the enemy against [the] urgency” - share your thoughts on the matter to anyone. It’s only a matter of time before another country falls victim to the far right. Or share this post. Whatever. Just don’t stay silent.
The world is becoming more and more fascist. We can’t ignore that anymore. We’ve rested on old glory for far too long and we’ve forgotten how ignorance and hate can fuel monstrous leaders. A Constitution, however beautiful, is just words on a paper. It’s your duty as a free person to defend the universal human rights, to spread love and acceptance, to punish those who take advantage of their liberty to harm others.
Either everyone is free or no one is. There’s no middle ground. Fascists don’t care about which group they target. Today are the Muslims, tomorrow it could be you! If you ignore the signs, they will eventually come for you. But “by that time there [will be] no one left to speak up.”
Thank you for reading. Regular art blogging will resume shortly.