space of Fascism: where many become one, one people and it
is united; one energy and it is transformation; one mood and
it is happy; one action, and it is toward intevitable victory.
image of an empty stadium, the space of possibility where
so much power can be galvanized toward so many purposes. Whenever
I am in a large crowd chanting or standing or screaming all
for the same thing I get a twinge of anxiety, a voice in my
head whispering "Brown Shirts".... I have experienced
this in football stadiums, at rock concerts, at political
rallies, at sales pep rallies; network marketing is big on
employing the techniques of Fascism to galvanize a sales force
toward the possibility of personal tranformation through "financial
independence". Here is a quote from the website of some
network marketers in Russia :
you constantly feel the group of comrades-in-arms near you.
The group of colleagues who hold the same views, share the
same thought, breathe the same frequency..."
moves, and that "same frequency" can be turned from
comradery to violence. A young woman writes in the Sunday
NY Times Magazine (2/22/04) about her horror at the violence
following the Superbowl win of her beloved New England Patriots:
"When your team wins, you would think that people would
come together and be a little bit happier, rather than demolish
everything in their way...To see a team work so well together
and be so united and then see what their fans could do...to
go from watching a game with friends to seeing everything
fall apart around you...there was blood everywhere..."