when i say 'nazi word' i mean it completely literally. 'degeneracy' is a nazi concept. you might as well be using triple parentheses
one of the core characteristics of fascism is an organistic, darwinist view of history, where nations and races (taken uncritically as actually existing entities and not ideological constructs) are necessarily in competition, and need to dominate each other to maintain themselves. 'degeneracy' is when a nation or race fails to maintain its 'vitality' or 'purity'; this could be race mixing or cultural infiltration (as in the nazis' opposition to 'degenerate art')
this ties into the broader ur-fascist concern with returning to a(n imaginary) 'golden age', and originates from the combination of an outdated theory of evolution, where it was supposed that as species evolve, their traits become more and more exaggerated until finally becoming unviable (so an animal with horns would evolve bigger and bigger horns until it went extinct, due to having too large horns)—
—and a cyclical theory of history, invented to explain the fall of the roman empire, where empires eventually become 'too civilised' and 'decadent' and are overrun by 'barbarians', who then found their own empire. both of these ideas are ofc completely false, but have a lot of currency even today. these are the ideologies underlying for example a lot of islamophobia and anti-immigration rhetoric, as well as fascist talking points about 'postmodernism' 'ruining culture'
@esvrld I mean I haven't seen any triple parentheses around, probably because I think I've stuck to pretty well moderated areas for the most part, but I probably would have assumed it was for emphasizing a parenthetical as a parenthetical - which is how I /have/ seen /double/ parentheses used
@becquerel yea neo-nazis put triple parentheses (((like this))) around the names of people they think are jewish
non-jewish twitter liberals sometimes put the parentheses around their own names as a really performative show of 'support'
@esvrld recently saw a fun case of a zionist calling jews who don't unconditionally support palestinian genocide degenerates
real "someone does not realize how deep the water is" moment
@esvrld thanks for pointing that out! I actually hadn't made the connection that "degenerate" is just the English translation of "entartet" (I'm a native German speaker)
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