at the bottom of this critique, as RAWilson and Nietzsche and others have noted is the problematic ‘belief in being’. Organization that is rallied by a desire to eliminate the forces of evil, along with organization that is rallied by a desire to promote the forces of good are DELUSIONAL, and BELIEF IN BEING is the source of this ‘delusion’.
The people who want to eliminate islamic-extremist terrorism include the people whose actions have authored it [Euro-American colonizers of the Middle East] deny their own authorship role [thanks to their binary being-based good-or-evil moralist worldview]
The terrorist we depict in our semantic discourse is like a cardboard effigy that simply conceals what really lies behind it and is the real source of it; i.e. ‘ourselves’ and by ‘our’ and ‘we’, i am referring to the world as given only once and becomes divided against itself [all wars are civil wars].
This comes from BELIEF IN BEING; i.e. the belief that cause-effect actions derive from jumpstart authorship sources in the interior of “HUMAN BEINGS”, and from the BELIEF IN SCIENCE which affirms this over-simplistic view [supported by assuming an absolute space and absolute time ‘operating theatre’ and, in the process, denying the inherent relational nature of the world we live together in]. Our own experience-based intuition screams out to us that people actions are VENTS for relational tensions that build up in relational space, as from centuries of Euro-American colonization. As Ward Churchill, a spokesman for indigenous peoples said the day after 9/11 (September 12, 2001);
“Looking back, it will seem to future generations inexplicable why Americans were unable on their own, and in time to save themselves, to accept a rule of nature so basic that it could be mouthed by an actor, Lawrence Fishburn, in a movie, The Cotton Club.
“You’ve got to learn, ” the line went, “that when you push people around, some people push back.”
As they should. … As they must. … And as they undoubtedly will.
There is justice in such symmetry”.
The problem with antifa and other moral judgement based purificationist pogroms is that they attack the shadow-figures that hide the real source of what we would like to get rid of. The ISIS terrorist is a shadow figure that hides the real source of the terror which is a venting of relational tensions from centuries of Euro-American colonialism; i.e. the real source is ‘us’, ... not ‘us’ as one of two polarized factions, but ‘us’ as a relational social unum that becomes polarized against itself. In other words, not terrorism in the dualist worldview where the source of terrorism tracks back to the interior of ‘terrorist beings’, but terrorism in the non-dualist worldview where the source of the terrorism tracks back to tensions arising within the transforming relational continuum.
It is delusion to identify BEINGS as the jumpstart authoring source of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ effects. This delusion gives rise to ‘nihilism’, the attempt to eliminate the sources of bad effects that nihilists see as lying in particular ‘beings’, ‘bad hombres’ like Saddam. They can’t see beyond these shadow effigies to see the deeper authorship that lies in themselves and in all participants within the relational social unum. If they could, they would suspend their binary moralist judging and nihilist purification programs and embrace, instead, restorative justice ethics as has been the way of indigenous anarchists.
Spanish anarchists have put their finger on this problem in their essay ‘Nihilist Recuperation’ (2nd of 2 essays in this pdf, an excerpt from which observes;
“ But the State does not only exist in its material forces, rather also in the social relations it reproduces, and a relation cannot be destroyed without simultaneously creating a new relation. A building can be destroyed without constructing a new one, but a relationship of alienation cannot be ended without the creation of another type of relationship. There is always a relation between the beings and bodies in the same space.Without speaking of the creation of new social relations, we cannot speak honestly about the destruction of the State. To put it another way, we have come upon a bifurcation between the proposal to attack the State and the proposal to destroy the State. The proposal that speaks most of destruction, the nihilist one, may be unable to realize it because it dedicates itself only to the attack. It would be a very sad vision of “permanent revolt”: forever attacking the symbols of the State without ever being able to touch the base of its power.”
This DELUSION of local jumpstart authorship of ‘bad effects’ is mirrored by the DELUSION of local jumpstart authorship of ‘good effects’. This is where society generates the opposite of negative shadow effigies, ... positive shadow effigies of BEINGS who are purported to be the jumpstart authoring sources of affluence and abundance, who, according to the delusional Western worldview, we must all give over all our resources to, including our labours, so they can work their magic as fountainheads of prosperity and abundance and 'economic growth', as is the architecture of the Western ‘trickle-down-economy’. This DELUSION of positive-shadow effigies follows in the binary thinking of Western society which is built into the noun-and-verb Indo-European/scientific language-and-grammar architecture. It underlies white supremacism and the general DELUSION of supremacy that comes with the BELIEF IN BEING and in the ‘ego-self’.
Western society’s DELUSIONAL belief in the ‘reality’ of the ego-self sets the stage for the belief in the negative-shadow-effigies and positive-shadow-effigies deemed local material-being fountainheads of ‘bad effects’ and ‘good effects’, that inspire nihilist programs of purification [elimination of fountainheads of evil] and that equally inspire capitalist programs of trickle-down economics with their programs of amplification [growth of fountainheads of good (‘benefactors of the social good)] which makes slaves of all those who fail to establish themselves as positive-shadow ‘fountainhead’ effigies, the [purported] productive pillars of the community. Those who believe in this binary pair of DELUSIONS are the dupes of fascism as pointed out by Thomas Mann in ‘Mario and the Magician’ (1929);
“The capacity for self-surrender, he said, for becoming a tool, for the most unconditional and utter self-abnegation, was but the reverse side of that other power to will and to command. Commanding and obeying formed together one single principle, one indissoluble unity; he who knew how to obey knew also how to command, and conversely; the one idea was comprehended in the other, as people and leader were comprehended in one another.” – Thomas Mann
this fascist principle is the foundational design principle in the basic employer-worker architecture of capitalism so that we (the social collective), as dupes, of this DELUSION actually embrace this system which appeals so much to our ‘ego-self’ and this ‘will to power over’ as Nietzsche mocks as he distinguishes it from ‘der Wille zur Macht’ [where epigenesis (situational influence that inspires natural Self-transcending) is in a natural precedence over internal being-based, ego-self intention to drive and direct one’s own genetic expression aka 'self-actualization' that is delusionally deemed independent of 'situational influence'].
‘nihilism’ as in antifa purificationism goes hand-in-hand with ‘trickle-down economics’; i.e. the former derives from the DELUSION of the existence of BEING-BASED FOUNTAINHEADS OF EVIL, while the latter derives from the DELUSION of BEING-BASED FOUNTAINHEADS OF GOOD.
tl;dr Good critique of antifa which points to its origins in DELUSION that arise from BELIEF IN BEING.