The primary suspect in the massacre Friday of 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand named a prominent British fascist leader who was allied with Italy‚Äôs Benito Mussolini in the 1930s as the historical political figure with whom he most identified.
The suspect, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, published a 74-page manifesto before killing 49 people and injuring another 20 at the Christchurch mosques.
Tarrant wrote that Sir Oswald Mosley ‚Äúis the person from history closest to my own beliefs.‚ÄĚ
Describing himself as a ‚Äúracist,‚ÄĚ Tarrant state‚Äôs he‚Äôs not a conservative and could be labeled a socialist, ‚Äúdepending on the definition.‚ÄĚ
""Tarrant state‚Äôs he‚Äôs not a conservative and could be labeled a socialist, ‚Äúdepending on the definition.""
1. Paranoia: Mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission. 2. Baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others."
David Brooks wrote: .... And one of the things some lonely people with existential angst do is, they turn into fanatics. And that's been the case all through history. And we're just at a moment of just cultural pain. And you get these horrific outbreaks.
Some of it is gentle, relatively gentle, screaming at each about politics. Some of it is really bad, the suicide and the murder rate, the opioid rate. And some of it is horrific, which is these mass shootings that we see across Western society.
And it's just the definition of our cultural moment....
excerpt from, "Shields and Brooks on New Zealand massacre, 2020 Democrats‚Äô ideology"
Well, David gets it right part of the time anyway.