By Dan Bodine
“Social minimalism” (SM)is a behavior descriptive term used by Canadian Sociologist Rhoda E. Hassmann in her 1995 book, Human Rights and the Search for Community (Westview Press).
She calls SM a “behavior manifestation of radical capitalism in North America,” whereby certain citizens of wealthy, comfortable incomes deny both constitutional and moral economic obligations to help the poor and the less fortunate in society. It’s come upon us in the wake of the Sunbelt’s rapid, aggressive corporate expansion trend, I feel — where powerful corporate lobbying now more or less has replaced Democracy with oligarchy.
In radical capitalism, human rights are lowered; property rights — as in owners of means of producing wealth — are elevated. Manipulating markets for profit (Wall Street’s current financing chic, i.e.) has become another King Cotton. Are we regressing?
I’ve made related topics the focus of this site because I fear unchecked, scorched-earth policies of social minimalists will destroy a century of humanity’s safety net — e.g., the legislative way we relate our concern and compassion to each other.
Hassmann’s insights appear to’ve been right on target. This growing zealousness of social minimalists to not just excel over their enemies but also minimalize them as losers in Life masks the fuel fascist movements must consume to remain legitimate to a core, right-wing America.
Well-known writer and foreign correspondent Chris Hedges described what’s happening as no less than “Christian Fascism” in OpEdNews.com as far back as early October, 2013, i.e., as the government shutdown in Washington appeared stalemated:
“There is a desire felt by tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, to destroy the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment, radically diminish the role of government to create a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and force a recalcitrant world to bend to the will of an imperial and “Christian” America. Its public face is on display in the House of Representatives.”
Many corporate CEOs drawing obscene salaries for axing several thousand employees, i.e., or drug lords who order obscene killings and mutilations to guarantee or protect their profits, both can be linked to this same, frothy-mouth radical capitalism disease.
Dr. Hassmann’s analogy helps to understand our turbulent politics. She also is an expert in international human rights. You can read her assessment of our new president as a ruling “sultan” on this link here, for instance.
Using the two terms she coined for this dastardly movement in a website became the better idea to “wringing hands.” America as a fascist state undoubtedly would be doomed to the same fate as those countries defeated in two earlier world wars.
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