The real difference was I was about to experience a part-Chomskian, part-Arendtian, totalitarian national outpouring from which I had the best seats of. Think of it as Brownshirts in steroids. The moment I witnessed the lunacy of the people all basking in their national amnesia, Plato's (not a favorite philosopher of mine) ochlocratic paranoia on democracy sprang up.
To make things eerier, the same week, post-Charlie Hebdo, revelations on GCHQ's capturing of journalists' (from the New York Times, the Guardian, and Der Spiegel), emails was revealed. The very institution that is part of a government apparatus designed to preserve institutional functionality was participating in what the attackers of the innocent victims of Charlie Hebdo were doing-destroying freedom of speech. Why the hell would you put journalists on a "threat list?"
All the while, the Pope all mighty, euphoric and high on his magisterial divine position took no qualms in declaring that “There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity … in freedom of expression there are limits.” Not content with his overt political statements and insensitivity to modern civilized living, he further added at a mass attended by 6 million people that"ideological colonization" was destroying the traditional Filipino family.
Isn't "colonization" the reason why you are able to conduct a mass in Asia's largest Catholic country? Or is globalization and its perks that you have a problem with? Perhaps thanks to international trade of information, people, goods, services, and capital, people now have the ability to read through or watch a documentary of the abuses, inhumanity, gruesome, barbaric, despicable, and destructive, behavior the world you lead has caused over the centuries, and continue to do so today. The repercussions of which beyond staggering and reverberating till this day.
Meanwhile in France, myth-making as a hobby was resurrected at its grandest scale, not seen since the end of the Second World War, wherein France became "a heroic bastion of freedom and liberty" that helped defeat the Nazis has such outpouring occurred. Thankfully the collaborative behavior of the French people have been exposed, although its position within the UN Security Council of the Allies remain, a legacy of the Cold War realpolitik.
Nonetheless, over night France became a sort of haven for individual liberty again (which of course it is plainly not!), at least in name, and to the people who partied, at least they enjoyed it. Never mind that months before the massacre at the temple of freedom, Charlie Hebdo, growing anti-Semitic attacks ranging from pepper-spraying en la rue, to kosher grocery store arsenia, has been done to innocent human beings of Jewish descent.
Anti-Semitic attacks are always ominous harbingers for destruction. What did the French elite do? Perhaps they share Tim Wilcox's subconscious racist condition? Hypocritically, Hollande declared: "Today, Paris is the capital of the world." Tell that monsieur to the Roma girl you deported for studying! Can he hear himself? His pronouncements on freedoms can not be more different from his actions.
This is the international "society" we live in. The "Dictatorship of Grief." The slacktivists, the technocratic Kantians, the statists, the illiberals, the racists, bigots, homophobes, xenophobes, misogynists, regressives, they are here and real. What am I to do about it? Write about it!
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