Readings of “Going Red” (Pt. II of II)


Between reading the rest of the ARPLAN post and my conclusion from a post I wrote yesterday, I am confident in my conclusions that the conversion of Richard Scheringer should not be misconstrued as an isolated phenomenon. I also do not think that having shared opposition to the same enemy should be the only precedent. Another possibility which I have been considering is whether a common Weltanschauung would enable someone to easily transition from one Ideology to another insofar as the Ideologies in question happen to be deriving much of their ideas from the same Weltanschauung. Not the Weltanschauung of Marx and Engels, as Scheringer would have us believe, but the Weltanschauung of Hegel and Nietzsche.

My working theory at the moment is that Ideologies on their own are incapable of working together unless they are deriving their ideas and perspectives on a particular Weltanschauung. At the same time, no Weltanschauung on its own is capable of becoming a vehicle for any form of political-economic governance. They need an Ideology or a subset of Ideologies to implement a particular vision of the world for its adherents to adopt and apply in the Real World. It is possible for a given Weltanschauung to host multiple Ideologies, the majority of which do not necessarily have to be related to each other from the outset. Assuming this theory is correct, this would make the Richard Scheringer’s conversion entertainable for someone who was convinced that transitioning from Pan-Germanic Socialism to Marxism-Leninism would not pose too many complications. It would also account for why National Bolshevism somewhere between the KPD and NSDAP, not to mention why there has never been a true National Bolshevism in any conceivable form in this century.

The question that I am currently trying to determine is whether it is feasible to outline a procedural map of how this process takes place. I have few reasons to doubt that this process can occur in between different Ideologies of the same Worldview. I identified notable trends among the Social-Democrats and even the Corporatists, latter of whom was where the distinctions between Tripartism (“Social Corporatism”) and State Corporatism came into play. I have also found comparable trends among the Liberal Capitalists, where Social Liberals and Classical Liberals shared the same Weltanschauung but deviated from each other on whether Parliament is supposed to protect certain Freedoms by means of an appropriate level of Security.

What has been said about Ideologies should also apply for Factions, which was the topic of the previous two ARPLAN post with regard to Pan-Germanic Socialism. The multiplicity of different Factions implies the presences of distinguishable interpretations of the same Ideology. Every Faction likes to think that their interpretation of the Ideology is the correct application, a conclusion that compels them to impose that interpretation on the other Factions that adhere to that particular Ideology.        

This in turn brings me to the conclusions which I had raised in the recent post I wrote on my Blog. Factionalism can be resolved by having the Factions of different Ideologies coalesce around a particular Weltanschauung. Even though everyone has their own ideas and interpretations–Ideologies and Factions – on how to interpret the Weltanschauung and how to realize its philosophical premises and theoretical concepts, there are fundamental agreements with what the Weltanschauung represents. Those fundamental agreements have the potential to realize a new political-economic consensus for the rest of a given nation to uphold through law and action.

Moreover, it is also through those same fundamental agreements that we can envisage the creations of new Ideologies that borrow the ideas and interpretations from other ones and their Factions. Despite their distinct positions and perspectives, they still derive much of their values and beliefs from the same Weltanschauung. The ARPLAN Blog is full of evidence supporting this conclusion and this post in particular is no exception.



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