“Look, the people you are after are the people you depend on. We cook your meals, we haul your trash, we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not fuck with us.”
I think the fight club quote (and it’s one of my favorite movies) is instructive for how the message of “we little people are the ones who you must not dismiss” resonates with so many of us.
The fascinating thing is–fight club–and esp. project mayhem that follows out of it–is that it is a textbook model for how to start a fascist organization.
I never realized that until years after I had seen the film and someone mentioned that it was taught in classes about fascism.
What’s important here–is how easily this message resonates–how it helps create group solidarity–esp. against an evil “other.”
It is also exactly the kind of thing that Trump used to get votes. His entire campaign was this kind of thing–but the evil other were minorities, “urban folk” (both white urban liberals and minorities), “elites”–a nebulous group meaning anyone you think is “above you” in some way that you dislike.. and others.
Anyway.. if you think about it–the end message of Tyler Durden is destruction of the current order–something that so many of Trumps followers have claimed they wanted –you know.. “to shake things up!”
Of course–they don’t really mean it.. I mean–they don’t want the roads gone.. or their medicare or social security gone… They’re just mad and want to fuck things up..
.. and that’s one of the central lies/lessons of fight club–Tyler says something (at one point) like.. “self-improvement is masturbation.. Self-destruction, on the other hand..” –> which points to this idea that we need destruction to make things right..
But destruction is actually pretty easy. We live in an entropic world.. things tend towards decay and destruction naturally.. and it’s pretty easy to join in with these processes to break things.
It’s MUCH harder, on the other hand, to create. To build. To teach. To maintain. To grow.
These things work against the natural entropic tendencies in the world–and they require patience, refinement, and constant dilligence..
And they are often therefore draining and also flawed.
This is the twist.
We can be better than this.
And in being better–we will win.