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1. Racism Rising in the Golden State, and 2. the vile tale of Auschwitz

1. Read this story. It is scary. Make sure you read the comments too. “As minorities move into the Southern California region known as the Inland Empire, white supremacists unleash a hate crime backlash.” There are those of this mindset in Australia — NOT Mr Rabbit, I hasten to add.

2. On a similar tack, last night’s final episode of Auschwitz was compulsive viewing, confirming this as one of the best, most important historical documentary series in many a day. That link is to the PBS version, also very good; go here for the BBC site.
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Posted by on November 4, 2005 in America, culture wars, Europe, fundamentalism and extremism, Holocaust, human rights, racism, right wing politics, TV

 

Postmodernism and Holocaust Denial :: Robert Eaglestone

Link.

pmhols.jpgA pamphlet rather than a book, this is well worth reading in order to clarify thinking, to avoid being trapped in some false dichotomy between “pomo” (bad) and “objectivity” (illusory). I cannot but agree with his summary definition of multiculturalism:

Part of being postmodern is being aware that, as a result of the colonial and post-colonial history of the world, the cultures we inhabit are multicultures. Multicultural societies are not those where different cultures are assimilated into a single culture (although wonderful things come from creative mixing of cultures). Rather, it is a culture of respect and negotiation between different traditions. As I have argued, Holocaust deniers hate this multiculture. [David] Irving certainly does… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2005 in book reviews, British, culture wars, Europe, History, Holocaust, Israel, literary theory/criticism, Multicultural, Pomo, racism, right wing politics, Top read, writers

 

BBC – History – Genocide Under the Nazis

Tonight on ABC-TV in Sydney this brilliant and thoroughly documented series deals with Dr Josef Mengele. Compulsory viewing in my opinion. Brazil, to its shame, sheltered this monster, as earlier had Argentina and Paraguay. He died, would you believe, in 1979.
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Posted by on October 20, 2005 in Europe, events, friends, History, Holocaust, human rights, racism, right wing politics, Salt Mine, TV

 

Helen Pringle argues multiculturalism is deeply rooted in Australia. – On Line Opinion – 3/10/2005

Andrew Fraser the NSW Member of Parliament (see previous item) must not be confused with the lunatic at Macquarie University referred to in the item above.

Andrew Fraser is now notorious for his denigration of the civil standing of persons of African descent, whom he labels “Bantus”. What has been less noted is that Fraser also targets the standing of those of Chinese descent in Australia. Fraser asserts in his recent article, “Rethinking the White Australia Policy”, (an edited version can be read in On Line Opinion) that what he calls “the Chinese colonies in Australia” are marked by “rampant xenophobia and ethnocentrism”. These characteristics are the alleged result of an “evolutionary path” taken thousands of years ago.

Fraser’s wild claims about the Chinese are supported by no evidence, not even by a quotation from his own letter to a suburban newspaper that is used elsewhere in the article. Fraser simply asserts that “historic cultures of servility” mark Chinese communities. Paradoxically, this servility will not, in his view, prevent white Australians from being “outgunned” by East Asians. Fraser claims, “Within two to three decades, it is not unreasonable to expect that Australia will have a heavily Asian managerial-professional, ruling class that will not hesitate to promote the interests of co-ethnics at the expense of white Australians”.

If even for a moment you think there is anything even faintly reasonable in Andrew Barking Mad Prof Fraser’s brain seizure, read the rest of Pringle’s excellent piece.

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Posted by on October 19, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Chinese and China, culture wars, fundamentalism and extremism, Holocaust, immigration, Multicultural, Political, racism, right wing politics

 

BBC – History – Historical Accuracy and the Making of ‘Auschwitz’

I saw the third episode of this outstanding series last night. The sheer evil of those times is breathtaking; if ever a series deserves to be compulsory viewing, this is the one. If ever you doubted that Holocaust apologists or deniers and neo-Nazis deserve utter contempt, watch this series.
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Posted by on October 14, 2005 in Europe, events, History, Holocaust, human rights, racism, TV

 

Auschwitz: The Nazis And The Final Solution :: Episode 2

Did you see this? As last Thursday, it was terrifying but totally compelling and totally convincing. I can’t understand how anyone could even flirt with extreme Right politics after watching this. Here you could see the textbook case for the nexus between racism, language, and dehumanisation, and its awful working out in practice.
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Posted by on October 7, 2005 in British, Europe, events, History, Holocaust, human rights, racism, TV

 

Auschwitz: The Nazis and the ‘Final Solution’

Have you ever thought that racism has proven far more lethal in the past century than terrorism has? Explore Anup Shah’s site for an overview and links.

I constantly wonder why, for want of a better term, mental illnesses like racism and extreme fundamentalism are on the rise, and why so many are turning to one kind of simplistic authoritarianism or another. There are some clues in a book which is itself somewhat breathlessly simplistic: The Millennium Matrix (2004) by M Rex Miller. He speaks of “vertigo” in the postmodern world we inhabit, whether we choose to or not. There’s a lot in that. Vertigo can do weird things to the perception.

I had to steel myself to watch this on Thursday nights on ABC. But it is I think a must see. If you doubt my assertion a that racism has been even more lethal than terrorism, watch this series. As the Sydney Morning Herald reviewer points out, it is the first time that a thorough documentary has appeared which includes those who actually carried out the “Final Solution”; the disturbing thing is that many of these people are “just folks”, that the policy was much more ad hoc than some earlier accounts have led us to believe, and that the engine driving it really was racism. Ordinary folks’ racism, not just the crazy ideology of Hitler and his entourage. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2005 in Crime and/or crime fiction, Europe, events, fundamentalism and extremism, History, Holocaust, human rights, racism, right wing politics