Rehabilitating Fascists Meta | Politics
Okay so the current discourse going on in Twitter about how a fascist can deradicalize and reintegrate into society reeks of white carceral culture and I am very uncomfortable with it.
The whole point of de-radicalization is to let go of the social tenets that make fascist thought possible within a person. Things like kyriarchical social structures, the carceral mindset of seeking punitive justice, etc. So when you talk about how ex-fascists should forever be servile, and how they will never fully be accepted back, you're creating an underclass, and positioning yourself as the role of the cop. That is not okay.
Also problematic is the lack of contingency in the discourse against the possibility of predatory moral narcissism marking them as easy targets for abuse and as easy fodder to mine social currency with. A person's past is not a free license to dehumanize and abuse them with.
Speaking from personal experience, the few times this has happened with me, it was with folks who themselves had no real genuine dedication to leftist causes, and were looking for stunts to market themselves and their brands with. They've shown that they didn't care about the groups of people I've hurt, and in fact they ended up showing their own toxicity. One of whom ended up revealing their pluralphobic stances and their desire to see me fall into self-harm territory.
And just to make sure there are no misunderstanding, "ex-"fascists who don't do the work to deprogram and deradicalize themselves, and yet expect to be accepted back freely can get absolutely fucked.
They absolutely do have to give what they can to antifascist groups to expose the fascist groups and their activities. In many cases, this can be a matter of life and death, as the info can be used to prevent a hate crime from happening.
They absolutely do have to spend at least a year reading up on leftist dialectics, and questioning their own beliefs with it. And by the end of it, they absolutely have to show at least a working level of proficiency in understanding leftist discourse.
They absolutely have to spend effort pushing back against fascist rhetoric, and to give aid to the vulnerable groups they once persecuted, as well as put in a good faith effort to fix the damage they caused.
They have to understand that despite their best efforts, not everyone has the capacity to forgive them, and that they aren't entitled to that forgiveness.
And finally, they have to understand that it is simply not enough to say "I was sucked in!" It is very important to also talk about what drew them in and what kept them in there. What was it about those groups that attracted them to it in the first place.
On top of that, they should absolutely own their actions and avoid the excuses. While there is something to be said about how anyone under the right circumstances could be radicalized, there is also some agency involved in the process, and recognizing it, and taking responsibility for it is part of the healing process.
re: Rehabilitating Fascists Meta | Politics
And if you ever get in a situation where someone reaches out to you after having left fascist groups and wanting to get away from those hateful ghouls?
Show them the path to deradicalization, hold them accountable and absolutely vet them to make sure their intentions are genuine, just...don't be a fucking cop about it.
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