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RE: Year Zero
(08-17-2017 10:55 AM)Alsos Wrote:  Read this thread last night, and not an hour later came across this apt passage in Hoffer's "The True Believer":

Quote:There is a deep reassurance for the frustrated in witnessing the downfall of the fortunate and the disgrace of the righteous. The see in a general downfall an approach to the brotherhood of all. Chaos, like the grave, is a haven of equality. Their burning conviction that there must be a new life and a new order is fueled by the realization that the old will have to be razed to the ground before the new can be built. Their clamor for a millennium is shot through with a hatred for all that exists, and a craving for the end of the world.

The entire chapter is focused on how envy, shame, and dysfunction combine to make the true believer an enemy of the present and create a passionate hatred for and drive to destroy it. Some seek to replace the present by returning to a heavily idealized past, while others (Year Zero types) would wholly eradicate both present and past as impediments to building the utopian future they are convinced they can create.

I've long hoped that I live to see the invention of interstellar travel, for no other reason than that I really, really want to see people like this put their utopian plans into action both unhindered and unaided by outside players, with an entire untouched world of resources at their disposal. Let them go with all the volunteers they can persuade and all the technology they care to take along (which would be hypocritical of them, but I'll be generous on this point) - then completely isolate their little Year Zero Eden for a century before checking back and seeing if anyone survived.
They would be fucking each other in the ass and smearing their shit on their own faces.
08-17-2017 01:43 PM
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Year Zero - The Lizard of Oz - 11-17-2013, 03:56 PM
RE: Year Zero - Basil Ransom - 04-12-2015, 02:11 PM
RE: Year Zero - Conscious Pirate - 04-12-2015, 08:56 PM
RE: Year Zero - The Lizard of Oz - 04-13-2015, 05:05 PM
RE: Year Zero - Libertas - 04-12-2015, 09:56 PM
RE: Year Zero - Phoenix - 04-15-2015, 09:20 AM
RE: Year Zero - The Lizard of Oz - 04-15-2015, 10:31 AM
RE: Year Zero - H1N1 - 04-15-2015, 11:18 AM
RE: Year Zero - TheWastelander - 04-15-2015, 11:45 AM
RE: Year Zero - iknowexactly - 04-19-2015, 05:14 PM
RE: Year Zero - SlickyBoy - 04-12-2015, 10:09 PM
RE: Year Zero - Incertus - 04-13-2015, 12:12 AM
RE: Year Zero - iamdegaussed - 04-13-2015, 12:19 AM
RE: Year Zero - Akula - 04-13-2015, 05:48 PM
RE: Year Zero - philosophical_recovery - 04-13-2015, 08:00 PM
RE: Year Zero - Libertas - 04-15-2015, 08:50 AM
RE: Year Zero - Libertas - 04-13-2015, 06:16 PM
RE: Year Zero - The Lizard of Oz - 04-13-2015, 06:31 PM
RE: Year Zero - Basil Ransom - 04-13-2015, 07:20 PM
RE: Year Zero - Ryre - 04-15-2015, 11:58 AM
RE: Year Zero - Phoenix - 04-15-2015, 12:14 PM
RE: Year Zero - The Lizard of Oz - 04-15-2015, 12:31 PM
RE: Year Zero - Libertas - 04-15-2015, 12:39 PM
RE: Year Zero - Phoenix - 04-15-2015, 12:41 PM
RE: Year Zero - Conscious Pirate - 04-15-2015, 10:53 PM
RE: Year Zero - The Lizard of Oz - 04-16-2015, 11:16 AM
RE: Year Zero - Akula - 04-16-2015, 03:36 AM
RE: Year Zero - Tengen - 04-19-2015, 05:48 AM
RE: Year Zero - Libertas - 04-19-2015, 07:14 AM
RE: Year Zero - shameus_o'reaaly - 04-19-2015, 07:25 AM
RE: Year Zero - The Lizard of Oz - 04-19-2015, 05:37 PM
RE: Year Zero - The Lizard of Oz - 04-22-2015, 07:17 PM
RE: Year Zero - Off The Reservation - 03-12-2016, 01:12 AM
RE: Year Zero - Aurini - 05-29-2016, 03:21 PM
RE: Year Zero - Off The Reservation - 08-16-2017, 08:43 PM
RE: Year Zero - CynicalContrarian - 08-16-2017, 08:50 PM
RE: Year Zero - ivansirko - 08-16-2017, 09:50 PM
RE: Year Zero - Alsos - 08-17-2017, 10:55 AM
RE: Year Zero - rpg - 08-17-2017 01:43 PM
RE: Year Zero - Easy_C - 08-17-2017, 11:21 AM

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