Once again fear and hate propaganda won. We’ve seen too often how the extreme (and not so extreme) right uses fear of the unknown as a tool to manipulate the population.
The simple question is: How can we counter this tactic? I very much doubt that there is a simple answer though but it’s probably the most important answer or solution that we need, unless we want to see the 1930s repeated all over Europe and more.
It’s not going to be easy because the fear mongers are pandering to one of our most basic survival instincts, fear. Their task has been relatively easy, ours is not. But together we can do it if only because this is what humanity and human society is and always has been about: To overcome our base instincts and become something more, intelligent beings in a rational society.
This is a cry for help. To all that want our world to be governed by information over ignorance, of rationality rather than stupidity, of thought over basic instincts. We must work together and find a way to counter this menace otherwise we’re royally fucked.For Andy on his birthday, may you never have worse birthdays.
P.S: The reason why it’s so easy to play on our fears is that fear is a basic survival instinct, one of the most important elements for the survival of our species in the long gone past.