A brilliant thread by Russell Jones on politicians who trade on dog-whistle racism, empty nationalism, disdain for truth, and why they deflect to mislead voters.
First published in June 2020.
There are only two possible reasons why the right would want to label the Nazis as “left wing”:
1. They are thick as sh*t, or
2. They are smart enough to realise their own policies are getting perilously close to fascism, and want to deflect.
I am always very cautious about using the term “fascist”, because it doesn’t really mean: person you disagree with on Twitter. It has a defined meaning.
Here are the 14 characteristics of fascism. See how many you can apply to the Tebbit/Cummings/Francois wing of the right:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism ✅
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights ✅
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause ✅
4. Supremacy of the Military ✅
5. Rampant Sexism ❓
6. Controlled Mass Media ✅
7. Obsession with National Security ✅
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined ❓
9. Corporate Power is Protected ✅
10. Labour Power is Suppressed ✅
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts ✅
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment ✅
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption ✅
14. Fraudulent Elections ✅
You may disagree, but I think the current government fits 12 of those 14. (We don’t do religion much in the UK, and their sexism is no worse than the [awful] background level.)
But 12 out of 14 is bad. Really bad.
So there is, from their point of view, a good reason for Tebbit and his clique to attempt to tell us the Nazis were on the left. It is because they don’t want most people to make the (justifiable) association between those 12 characteristics and the Nazi party in 1933.
I am not saying they are like Nazis in 1940. Nazis didn’t wear jackboots and scream ACHTUNG when they first arrived. They arrived as a friend, talking in reasonable terms about making your nation proud again, if only we can get rid of “them”. And then they mutated.
But we have already seen this government’s core group rig elections, engage in corruption, attempt to dismantle our rights, engage in scapegoating of minorities, speak contemptuously of expertise, stoke nationalism, and all the rest of the things in that list. These are the first steps.
If they believed their policies were what the voters really wanted, they wouldn’t attempt to mislead us. They wouldn’t try to make people think the SS were basically the Teachers Union with fewer tweed jackets. This lie is intended to get you to vote for something you hate.
All politicians, to some extent, mislead the public. Let’s face it, all humans do – this isn’t unique to people in parliament. But telling people the Nazis were the opposite of Nazis is... well, it’s off the charts bullsh*t.
By “the right” in this context, I don’t mean the Dominic Grieve wing of relatively decent one-nation Tories. I mean the Farages and Rees-Moggs, who trade on dog-whistle racism, empty nationalism, disdain for truth and barely-concealed contempt for their average voter.
These people aren’t thick. Many of their most flag-bestrewn followers are, but they aren’t. They are doing this on purpose, and we should resist it. And frankly, the Telegraph shouldn’t publish it. It’s repugnant. How far they have fallen, and for what? For this bunch of crooks.
For those saying “National SOCIALIST Party”, Joseph Goebbels wasn’t a notably honest chap. Sometimes he used words to mislead. If you’re old enough to have a Twitter account and haven’t worked that out yet, it’s excuse me if I don’t turn to you for deep insights.🔷
- The Nazis were not socialists, Full Fact
Check their Voting Record:
🗳️ Nigel Farage