Blog by Bjørn Venø

Blog by Bjørn Venø

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The artist Venø works with photography video and performance. He tries hard at being a licensed fool and has a burning desire to explore beyond our paradigm.

Neo Nazis, Trump and the Right

ThoughtsPosted by Bjørn Venø Thu, August 17, 2017 20:41:32


Dear #Everyone, individuals and media corporations

In response to: #Charlottesville and #Trump

First of all so that no one gets confused, I do not support views that foster hate, extremist or fanatic values such as what is perpetuated by neo-Nazis.

I strongly value freedom of speech, neo-Nazis can say what they want, but I do not support enabling or giving a national and international platform to such speech. You might be condemning it, but at the same time you are also spreading the message. You might say we can not ignore it, we need to take action against it, we need to stand up. Yes you are absolutely right we need to stand up against it, but I believe it can be done through spreading the word of and supporting groups and or people that have positive and unifying messages. I believe combined with doing that and ignoring the little neo-nazis, turning ones back to and not rising up to fuel their egos is the best way to quell the flame. Let me expand on that metaphor:

You might think blowing on a flame will quell it, because that is how you blow out a candle, but to your surprise you made it worse. I believe the best way is to suffocate the flame, to remove the oxygen that fuels and drives it.

By spreading their message even if you condemn it, you are fuelling and driving them.

From personal experience, I can vouch for being ignored as a very effective method to suppress someone.

Because hate speech is good news, one might also question to what degree is it spread for the purpose of profiting from it, by either getting engagements through likes, angry faces or good old money?

A slight digression: You might say Trump is stupid, but by reacting to him you have placed him in the ultimate seat of power. If Trump was ignored his ego would never have been fuelled and we would not be where we are to day. You get what you nurture. Another metaphor: You have two wolves, one good and one bad, feed the bad wolf and ignore the good one… who do you think survives?

I want to see individuals and media corporations uniting and supporting people and or groups that have something positive to give to humanity with the same fever that they have helped spread neo-Nazi propaganda. But in my experience they do not, those who have something good to say and or do are ignored in comparison to the attention these little neo-nazis are getting.

Even if you do not fully agree with me, I hope you will at least search out and find a group or individual with a positive message and share and distribute that with the same fever you have distributed neo-nazi views.

Let me start by introducing you to www.starch.nyc In their own words:

"S.T.A.R.C.H is an original series, a movement…the purpose of which is to ENLIGHTEN & EMPOWER you towards altrusim, intellectualism, & self-realization. There are no divides here; black or white, man or woman, young or old, gay or straight, poor or priveleged…we are all collectively human, and as such we share a collective & inherent responsibility towards one another, towards the collective human future… towards this one precious planet that we have."

Further reading:

"With every sneer, liberals just make Trump stronger" by Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, Wednesday 16 August 2017

"The Hilarious way a German town turned neo - Nazis against Naszism" by Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress, 17 August 2017





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