Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

“He Was a Lone Wolf” and Other Ideological Memes

“So pure”

The fascist killer in Norway has already been described as a “lone wolf” and as a “madman.” This follows the regular borrowed-kettle script that the media like to rehearse when a fascist kills someone:

1) “He was insane”
2) “He acted alone”
3) “He wasn't a Nazi”
4) “His enemies were Nazis”
5) “His victims were asking for it”

Now you don't have to run through every item on the script here, but they are all forms of exoneration.

How many of these lone wolves does it take to convince regular people that fascism is at present carried out by a massively distributed PACK?

Aside from playing into the individualism meme—it's better to be a lone wolf than to be part of a collective—the image is bad for wolves, who are very compassionate to other wolves.

Of course the image is supposed to naturalize the killer. And by extension it makes us be chickens or some other feminized farm animal.

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