Wankers and Radical Losers February 27, 2006Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
Apart from it being interesting for, well, being interesting, it also raised another topic I’ve thought about on more than one occasion – the link between gayness and fascism. I didn’t know that Johann Hari had written on the subject and, indeed, reading his article leads nicely to a number of other links on the same theme. In any case, Buruma is somewhat lighter on gays than Hari is and concludes that it is not necessarily something inherent within gayness that leads to this overlap with fascism, but just that, “Extremism is the loser’s revenge on society. Who the losers happen to be depends on the nature of the society”.
Anyway, one good thing leading to another eventually took me from Buruma’s own article to one he mentions, on radical losers, written by Hans Magnus Enzensberger in signandsight (I slightly loathe this German tendency to not go for capitals in titles), the English-language spin-off from Perlentaucher, as far as I can understand. So a number of good and fascinating and gripping discoveries all within a couple of clicks. In any case, Buruma and Enzensberger both get to grips with the state of mind of the potential radical. I find their analyses riveting. They ring true. The latter ignores the sex angle, the former underlines it. In any case, they agree. The radicals’ radicalism comes more from within that without. Well worth a read.