The Fascism this Time, with Theo Horesh
In this timely episode–released just weeks before the 2020 US Election–host Vince Fakhoury Horn is joined by human rights advocate, public intellectual, and old friend Theo Horesh. Theo is a long-time meditator, was one of the earliest guests on Buddhist Geeks, and is author of several books, including the one that serves as the basis for this conversation: “The Fascism this Time : And the Global Future of Democracy.” During this conversation Vince & Theo explore what Fascism is–both historically & philosophically–how nihilism and despair are playing out in global society right now (especially in America), the many dimensions of human identity that are at play for us all, and the way that our current “split-level development” involves both a profound regression, as well as the potential for transcendence in service of the public good.
“Marx once noted that all great historical events repeat themselves, the first time as tragedy, and the second as farce. And what we’re seeing now is a farce, but we should take it seriously, because it’s the same nihilistic drives that lie behind it.” - Theo Horesh
“Fascism is going to end in destruction for a couple of key reasons. One is it’s driven by nihilism. The second thing is that what sustains it, is its insulation from reality. So, it’s not just going to be irrational in its approach to things, it’s going to be completely divorced from reality, and as time goes on it’ll be more and more divorced.” - Theo Horesh
📖 The Fascism this Time : And the Global Future of Democracy
📖 Convergence: The Globalization of Mind
🎙 Convergence (Theo Horesh’s Talk from the 2014 Buddhist Geeks Conference)
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