Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Fascism in Europe and dictatorship in Canada.

Here and here are two interesting pieces in the CSM on the rise of the "far-right" in Europe. Honestly, the rhetoric is a bit overheated -- it's hard to tell whether the increased interest is a statistical aberration or a genuine trend. Certainly, fascists (a term that's generally more accurate than "far-right") have some support, but it is massively dwarfed by the support enjoyed by socialists, social democrats, and moderate conservatives. It's something to keep an eye on, though. Given the US' current flirtation with fascism, it's certainly not impossible that it may be reviving worldwide.

On a related note, here is a story that seems to have died down recently -- for some reason. The Harper government threatened to ignore a House vote (which is basically a declaration of dictatorial power, as far as I can tell). Since then, bupkis. Does that mean they backed off? Or they're just biding their time? According to the article, the vote in question is scheduled for today, so we'll see....

4 comments:

Larry Gambone said...

The big problem I see with being overly concerned with fascism is that they serve as a "Scary Puppet" to deflect our attention from the real threat which is the new Right, Neocons, Neoliberals etc, what ever you want to call it. As examples; the left in the UK organized massively against the NF and trounced them. The same year they got Thatcher who did more to ruin the labour movement than the NF ever could. In the States there was great concern about Aryan Nations and Nazi Skins, so they get the Bush Republicans... I an NOT saying that we should not be concerned about facists, but only that we should not go overboard over them and concentrate more on the real threat to freedom and social justice.

ADHR said...

Fair point, to an extent. However, I tend to think that the current state of the right is better described as fascist than conservative, hence the use of the term. While conservatives (like Thatcher) are bad, fascists (like Duyba) are unquestionably worse.

Larry Gambone said...

In that case I would say we should pay less attention to the swastika and jack boot morons and more attention to the pin strip suit fascists (or neofascists, perhaps a better term) like the Bush-shites

ADHR said...

I agree. "Neofascist" is probably a good term for them. My sense of what's going on in Europe -- imperfect though it very probably is -- is that they're also experiencing a surge in the pinstripe neofascists, rather than the jackbooted skinheads. Which is serious cause for concern, as the idiots with swastikas are, at this point, fairly easy to dismiss as not much of a threat, but the ones in suits have somehow acquired an aura of legitimacy.