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Fighting fascism and preserving democracy

Inuyasha

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I just received this we-mail. Maybe some of you are interested.

"Fighting fascism, preserving democracy

By Liz Fekete

Looking at the growth of racist and far-Right parties in seventeen EU
countries, and Norway and Switzerland.

Building on recent research from the European Monitoring Centre on Racism
and Xenophobia, Fighting fascism, preserving democracy critiques
government-led anti-fascist programmes, examines official responses to
racist crimes and documents the ways in which the electoral campaigns of
political parties are pandering to racism and extremism.

The briefing paper, based on case studies, falls into three sections:

* Section I provides examples of how poorly thought-out governmental
strategies against the far-Right end up being counter- productive. Banning
neo-nazi parties, for instance, increases their popularity (particularly
among young people) and/or displaces the problem of far-Right activity onto
neighbouring countries. And the failure to use existing public order and
incitement laws and the ordinary criminal law against neo-Nazi and racist
extremists allows these groups to grow in confidence.

* Section II provides case studies and NGO reports of how racial violence
and neo-Nazi-inspired hate crimes are becoming more brutal. In particular,
Muslim communities, especially Muslim places of worship, are increasingly
being targeted by the far -right which is, in many countries, organising
street protests and disturbances and engaging in systematic street violence.
While young people are often the victims of racist crimes, they are also now
one of the main instigators of racist crimes. And yet insufficient attention
has been given to educational strategies for children and young people to
combat racism.

* Section III provides country reports on elections in which xenophobic
slogans and, propaganda have been used - to the extent that parties'
language has bordered on incitement to racism. Politicians are increasing
the climate of hate through their anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim or anti-Roma
rhetoric in parliaments and governments, which are failing to speak out
against racist crimes, are developing a culture of 'blaming the victim'.

40pp. This briefing paper is issue No 53 of the IRR European Race Bulletin.
Subscribe now to the European Race Bulletin (four issues a year) and we will
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The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate
view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors."

© Institute of Race Relations 2005

https://www.irr.org.uk/2005/december/ha000021.html
 

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This just goes further to prove the irrationality and illogicality of liberal democracy. How can you fight something by preserving the institutions that protect the right to exist, the very thing you are trying to fight.

If you want to fight fascism, then you need to fight it, because fascism is a forceful, logical, determined ideology and you better believe we're quite comfortable with using violence when necessary.
 

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Auftrag said:
This just goes further to prove the irrationality and illogicality of liberal democracy. How can you fight something by preserving the institutions that protect the right to exist, the very thing you are trying to fight.

If you want to fight fascism, then you need to fight it, because fascism is a forceful, logical, determined ideology and you better believe we're quite comfortable with using violence when necessary.
**Hey rag, we need your dedication to fascism to help fight this New World Order threat. I suggest you read the piece titled "The Holocaust Coming to America" down in the 'Conspiracy Theories' section below. I'll be waiting to see your much anticipated response.

KidTim
 

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Auftrag said:
This just goes further to prove the irrationality and illogicality of liberal democracy. How can you fight something by preserving the institutions that protect the right to exist, the very thing you are trying to fight.
If we follow the idea expressed in the first sentence and we follow it to the letter then perhaps no ideology will work as they all have weak points in making us believe in something (an ideal) that is often beyond human logic. Some kind in absolutely unprovable intangible. Look at this by Mussolini as one example:

"In the Fascist conception of history, man is man only by virtue of the spiritual process to which he contributes as a member of the family, the social group, the nation, and in function of history to which all nations bring their contribution. Hence the great value of tradition in records, in language, in customs, in the rules of social life (8).
(8) Tradition certainly is one of the greatest spiritual forces of a people, inasmuch as it is a successive and constant creation of their soul. (Breve Preludio, in Tempi della Rivoluzione Fascista, Milano, Alpes, 1930, P- 13)­"

Here we are asked to believe in spiritual forces. Once you inject the spiritual into the equation you start to leave the realm pure human logic and so-called "common sense". Something that Fascism, in other places, warns us not to do. Fascism is often as contradictory as other systems including religion.

The second sentence however, is very true and shows a paradox that is an inherent part of the democratic system.

The only system that will accomplish what is proposed here is pure "militarism". It goes from top to bottom, there is no chance of error if everyone "follows orders" and if they don't they are punished, succession of leadership is logical because it follows a "chain of command". The next in line logically assumes the mantle of leadership. It does not contain the uncontrolled variables like elections, bloodlines or favoritisms that may lead failed leadership. The world would then be a far worse place than the worlds of "1984" and "Brave New World" combined. How doers that sound for the future of mankind?
 
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