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Still thinking about the #Churchill controversy, and especially how hot and bothered a certain brand of Brit - white, conservative - gets when Hitler and Churchill no longer occupy watertight moral compartments.

This is obviously a case of the anxiety of those who know ...
... that the system they profess allegiance to is guilty of heinous crimes, but who nevertheless persist in denying what they know, and in shouting insults - “thick ginger turd” - at those who are courageous enough to speak the truth.

But what would an honest reckoning ...
... with the truth of the racislized violence and mass murderer that lies at the heart of western modernity look like?

Well - it could possibly start with the logic of Zygmunt Bauman’s analysis of the Holocaust, which posits that Nazi mass murder of the Jews was not ...
... an aberration from or antithetical to the dynamic and ethos of modern society, but rather expressive of the dark potential of that dynamic and that ethos. In other words, the Holocaust, according to Bauman, was modernity itself at work.

If we admit - and we should - ...
... that modernity is capable of producing systematic mass murder, then it follows that we should recognize that the Nazi holocaust is only one of many such mass killings, and that most of these mass killings have been carried out by those who falsely claim to represent the ...
... very opposite of barbarism.

This, of course, is not to lessen the enormity of the holocaust, but rather to call for an acknowledgment that barbarism has been perpetrated across a spectrum, and that liberal democracies like Britain figure prominently on that spectrum.
Nor does it entail an abandonment of modernity as ONLY capable of barbarism.

Rather, it means that we locate modernity’s emancipatory and progressive potential in the thought and praxis and indeed the very being and stubborn survival of those who have been the victims ...
... of this manifold barbarism and who have struggled to defeat it.
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