just saw somebody on Twitter emphasizing that "Republicans REALLY BELIEVE all that crazy shit!" and like… my friend. it does not matter whether they do or not. they don't care. they say it and repeat it and memorize it because it is politically efficacious.
fascists and reactionaries don't have politics borne out of their beliefs; they have political goals, and to fit those goals they design rhetoric to justify themselves.
"the world is a bad place because of bad ideas and false beliefs that people have" is called, by Marxists, "idealism" — not in the sense of political optimism, but in the sense of giving ideas, such as beliefs and rhetoric, primacy over the material world.
the end result is all these people getting sucked into the idea that if you just disprove all these conspiracy theories, disseminate debunkings, and argue with fascists and reactionaries, their politics will melt away and the world will be changed.
in fact, the point for fascists and reactionaries of saying all these heinous things is to keep their political goals "on the table," an acceptable 'opinion' to hold in public life.
the Marxist position of "materialism," meaning not greed but a belief in the primacy of the state of the real world over ideas, goes like this: "people starve, die of preventable illness, go unhoused, and are imprisoned; and the people who make it so tell stories, to make it seem it could be no other way."
we, leftists, people who want the world to be a better place — we cannot play in the world of ideas and daydreams, as the fascists and reactionaries do. the world is already set up to make fascists' and reactionaries' dreams come true.
but the world was set up this way, in specific historical motions. it can be torn down.
and the material forces that are most primed to bring a leftist world into existence are workers, oppressed nations, the seemingly "powerless" who outnumber the powerful — and, organized in specific, concrete actions, we can overwhelm the "powerful," and topple the house of cards built on the backs of the exploited.
materialism matters. actions, goals, plans matter. beliefs? secondary, at best.
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