Say what…?

7 02 2011

I keep seeing on various posts on Facebook, Twitter, comment boards, or elsewhere around the web different terms being used to describe people. Many times its mis-speak or exaggeration. Sometimes its just people not knowing what they are talking about or perhaps they are just parroting what they have heard others say.

If found that as a rule of thumb you can usually dismiss people that bandy about these terms as capable of adding little of value to serious discussion. Most of it is just name-calling and wanting to seem vastly more informed than they actually are.

I’ve found that some of this just goes right over the head of many, and many are starting to pick up on the mis-use of these terms and misuse them themselves. In doing so it starts to change the meanings and leads to a bit of mis-understanding, so I thought I’d hit up Wikipedia (an easy source which anybody can…) and look some of this stuff up and pass along the for real on what it is people are actually talking about with these terms.

Now I won’t go into all of them, such as Nazi (which gets wayyy too much use), or people like Che Guevara who for some strange reason some seem to want to idolize, or things like ‘Socialist’ that really do have duel meanings because the boundaries aren’t so well defined as to easily explain them here. But here are a few of the more common ones…

Trotskyites:

Followers of a Marxist theory put forth by Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia .

Trotskyism can be distinguished from other Marxist theories by four key elements.

1.Support for the strategy of permanent revolution.

2.Criticism of the post-1924 leadership of the Soviet Union, analysis of its features and after 1933, support for political revolution in the Soviet Union and in what Trotskyists term “the deformed workers’ states”.

3.Support for social revolution in the advanced capitalist countries through working class mass action.

4.Support for proletarian internationalism (universal workers rights or unionism).

On the political spectrum of Marxism, Trotskyists are considered to be on the left. They supported democratic rights in the USSR, opposed political deals with the imperialist powers, and advocated a spreading of the revolution throughout Europe and the East.

NeoCon:

Newly Conservative.

Former leftists who have moved significantly to the right. These people tended to remain supporters of social democracy. They still support the welfare state, but not necessarily in its contemporary form.

Irving Kristol described NeoCon’s as a “liberal mugged by reality”, or someone who became more conservative after seeing the results of liberal policies. And that neo-conservatives had a forward-looking approach drawn from their liberal heritage, rather than the reactionary and dour approach of previous conservatives, proposing alternate reforms rather than simply attacking social liberal reforms and take philosophical ideas and ideologies very seriously.

The main characteristics of neo-conservatism have been described as

1. A tendency to see the world in binary good/evil terms.

2. Low tolerance for diplomacy.

3. Believe in a strong military and willingness to use military force.

4. Emphasis on US unilateral action.

5. Disdain for multilateral organizations (such as the UN).

6. Focus on the Middle East.

7. An “us” versus “them” mentality.

NWO (New World Order):

Defined Politically: A period of history evidencing a dramatic change in world political thought and the balance of power. [Example- GHW Bush’s calling for or declaring a new world order rising out of the collapse of the Soviet Union.]

Defined as a Conspiracy: A conspiracy theory in which a secret elite is conspiring to rule the world via world government and globalization. [Zionist seeking to dominate world banking]

Illuminati:

Properly defined as those that are “enlightened” as to the belief that Science and God can co-exist.

Technically an offshoot of the enlightenment movement formed as “The Order of Illuminati” first called the “Perfectibilists” and modeled on Freemasonry.

In modern times it is also used to refer to a purported conspiratorial organization which acts as a the unseen “power behind the throne” and allegedly controls world affairs through present day governments and corporations. Conspiracy theories have claimed that many notable people, including most U.S. Presidents, were or are members of the Illuminati.

Zionist:

From the word ‘Zion’, out of the Hebrew word Tzi-yon, meaning Jerusalem.

Defined: A Jewish political movement that supports self determination of the Jewish people in a sovereign Jewish homeland. Less commonly defined as the non-Jewish political support for the State of Israel.

Zionism was established on the basis of the association between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

Zionism grew out of the anti-Semitism of Europe in the 18th and 19th century and sought to encourage Jewish migration to Ottoman controlled Palestine. After World War II and the Holocaust, a massive wave of Jewish refugees, mainly Holocaust survivors, began migrating to Palestine in defiance of British rules. The British either imprisoned these people in Cyprus or sent them to the British-controlled Allied Occupation Zones in Germany. This resulted in universal Jewish support for Zionism.

In 1947, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine recommended that western Palestine should be partitioned into a Jewish state, an Arab state and a UN-controlled territory around Jerusalem. This plan was adopted on November 29, 1947. The Palestinian Arabs and the Arab states rejected the UN decision, demanding a single state and removal of Jewish migrants, leading to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Now I realize that there is a lot more tossed around out there than this, but much of it is just a matter of opinion and what side of the political aisle you happen to fall. What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander and what some see as derogatory some wear as a badge of honor. Some of that applies to the above as well. Some people don’t mind at all being called a socialist and to me, as a conservative from the get go, I say the more NeoCons the better.

Is there really an “illuminati”? Look around folks. If there is they really can’t be all that smart now can they… I mean they’ve supposedly had all these years and haven’t gotten it all together yet. But hey, that’s just my opinion…

If you DO want to use some of these terms, by all means be my guest, for I will sometimes myself. Just try to know what you are talking about when you do.

I hope this has shed some light on what it is some people are talking about out there in Cyberville. It’s all confusing enough without some of the name calling by people that really don’t have a clue.

Al

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