A famous quote from Tocqueville’s long essay ‘Democracy in America’ describes with an eagle eye view into the future, how a totalitarian democracy will one day liquidate its opponents, without laying a finger on them, namely through ostracism:
“The master no longer says: You will think as I do or die. He says: You are free not to think as I do. You may keep your life, your property, and everything else. But from this day forth you shall be as a stranger among us. You will retain your civic privileges, but they will be of no use to you. For if you seek the votes of your fellow citizens, they will withhold them, and if you seek only their esteem, they will feign to refuse even that. You will remain among men, but you will forfeit your rights to humanity. When you approach your fellow creatures, they will shun you as one who is impure. And even those who believe in your innocence will abandon you, lest they, too, be shunned in turn. Go in peace, I will not take your life, but the life I leave you with is worse than death.”
So much for the prediction, which is now almost 200 years old. Now to an example of how it’s come true. Martin Sellner, the head of the Identitarian Movement in Austria, which, we read, is apparently quite terrible, but I don’t know of a single case in which these people have committed acts of violence against others. This is the absolute opposite in the case of the Antifa, which has wiped out Sellner’s civilian existence within a matter of days: Left-wing fascists have set his car on fire, three banks have cancelled his accounts, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook have deleted his profile, German Amazon has removed his book from its assortment. All these things happen without any explanation or justification.
Venal scoundrels in the media have boundlessly denigrated the activist for months and declared open season on him, and now, with the inner gleefulness of a stood-up sadist, they don’t report on the social annihilation of a young man who cannot be accused of any crime, nor of any other offence beyond not marching in step and refusing to be muzzled. The fact that the Nazi mentality is now able to cooperate with American global corporations is a disgrace to the ‘land of the free,’ but this is probably only the beginning. The only thing that can help here are market forces.
The ‘excommunicated’ Sellner sees it like this too; he is astonishingly optimistic and a fine example of what is actually meant by ‘moral courage,’ a term that cowards and opportunists have hijacked. He writes extensively in ‘Sezession’, a small journalistic pocket of resistance (link below).
Link to 'Sezession'-Correspondence with Martin Sellner (in German).
Translated from eigentümlich frei, where the original article was published on 19th January 2018.
The English language de Tocqueville quote above was copied from goodreads.com