by Bruce S. Thornton
“The Totalitarian Temptation from Hegel to Whole Foods…
The incoherence of our political discourse results in part from sheer ignorance of political philosophy and its history. Abetted by a superficial media, we trade in sound-bite labels and epithets, free-floating signifiers that communicate not ideas but feelings or prejudices––“conservative,” “liberal,” “progressive,” and of course “fascist” are all terms that seldom have any accurate meaning. This sloppiness makes it more difficult to conduct the political debate where it should be: at the level of fundamental assumptions about human nature, the proper role of government, and the goods suitable for the state to pursue…”
As we see it ism is the one that make a teoretical Europe and a teoretical European, but at least the European is an absolute. You could also call it an ideologic construction. Experience show they all have the same ends.