Baathism: Liberty and Socialism

The Ba’ath Party was made famous in the West by the late Iraqi dictator and one-time ally of the United States Saddam Hussein. It is largely regarded in the West as something to be associated with the most “evil of evils” since the 1991 Gulf War.
As NATO/GCC backed mercenaries and ultra-conservative Islamic militias battle the Government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the Ba’ath Party is once more a phrase that is popping up in the Western mainstream media, mentioned in the kind of tones one would associate with when referring to Nazi Germany.

But what exactly is the Ba’ath Party? How did it start? What does it actually stand for?

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Nietzsche: holy states are monsters

Nietzsche4Contrary to the popular vulgarized interpretation of Nietzsche’s thought as a forerunner to Fascism and National Socialism, Friedrich Nietzsche was greatly alarmed by the growth of the modern state and of the tendency towards militarism resulting from the mass armies made possible by the modern state’s powers of conscription.

In Part One of Friederich Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spake Zarathustra‘ there is a provocative section entitled ‘Of the New Idol’, an attack on statisme and, when statism is defined as ‘deification/idolisation of the state’, a rejection of all those ideologies that can be classified as ‘forms of fascism’.
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