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the broader ur-fascist concern with returning to a(n imaginary) 'golden age', and originates from the combination of an outdated theory of evolution, where it was supposed that as species evolve, their traits become more and more exaggerated until finally becoming unviable (so an animal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 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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