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Fascism for dummies (and guess who they are?)

Posted in ANL (Anti Nazi League), Searchlight, UAF (Unite Against Fascism) with tags , , on December 17, 2007 by redandwhitestripes

What is Fascism, really? Ask most about it and they’ll talk vaguely about Hitler and the Jews or Mussolini or – in the case of our friends on the extreme left – the BNP. They are not ashamed to compare law abiding honest nationalists to mass murderers, it’s all done for hysteria gains.

But to compare somebody to something, to talk about something as serious as racism and mass murder, shouldn’t we get the facts first? Shouldn’t we rely on more than hyperbole? Shouldn’t we actually take some time to really learn what we are talking about?

Over the next few days I will guide us through three scholarly definitions of Fascism. Then we will decide who or what can reasonably be declared fascist.

Today I’ll be using: S. Hunt (1992) ‘Fascism and the Race Issue’, Talking Politics, The Journal of the Politics Association” as my analysis tool.

Hunt defines Fascism as having eight core components:

1) Aggressive Nationalism. Fascists expect all citizens to be fiercely patriotic.

Yes. Hmmm, you’d get the BNP on this one. That’s score one. Note though that Nationalism alone is not equal to Fascism any more than liberalism is equal to Anarchism.

2) Militaristic culture. Fascists are military minded and expect to defend their country with force.

No. Well, the BNP advocate compulsory service but it can be civil or military. They are no more military than any other party.

3) Racism. Contemporary fascists support whites only in their nation.
No. Contrary to popular belief, the BNP do not advocate expulsion of all other races. They do request that everybody respects and conforms to British culture, including free speech and freedom of choice. Some people define “racism” as not being politically correct, in which case the BNP are guilty. But if you mean genuine discrimination, then no.

4) Absolute and charismatic leaders. Fascists go for strong leaders.

No. The BNP have party leader elections like any other party.

5) Fascists uphold the importance of the state over the individual.

Yes, but most right wing parties uphold the importance of the state. It does not mean a restriction on rights or liberties, it simply means the group should have preference over the individual.

6) A hatred of Marxism and class conflict.

No. The BNP dislike Communists sure (as do most western democracies). They also represent the working man of Britain.

7) Opposition to parliamentary rule (as it favours the individual over the state).

No. The BNP are a democratic party.

8) Irrationality and mysticism. Most fascists utilise supernatural iconography or rituals in their doctrine.

No. None in the BNP, unless you count mainstream religion.

So of the eight core components, six of them are not applicable to the BNP.

Next time a UAF, ANL or Searchlight activist talks about the BNP or Fascism, ask them to actually define Fascism. Chances are good they can’t do it. In any case, explain the above to them and explain why the BNP are not Fascist. Watch their eyes fill up with confusion or rage. Then watch as they start frothing at the mouth and sounding off about racism, and how one BNP member may have been a Nazi twenty years ago and so.

Look in their eyes and see the blind, irrational rage of the left extremists. That’s why they hate debate.