A Case Of Liberal Fascism

One does not expect The English National Ballet to feature in Machiavelli Blog very often but here they are in the middle of a controversy involving the ultra right BNP and the Anti Nazi League.
The British National Party is not the natural home of prancing terpsichorean we imagine, or imagined until ENB lead ballerina Simone Clarke was outed as a member.
In response to this news a protest was organised and fifty shaven headed thugs paraded outside the theatre where Ms Clarke was due to perform. No, not BNP minders but anti fascist protesters. Fair enough, they have a right to protest. What was not acceptable was that when the performance began a group of anti – nazi protesters who had got inside the theatre tried to disrupt the performance.
The thing I dislike about the anti – fascist movement is their readiness to adopt fascist tactics to achieve their aims. A fascist BTW is someone who believes in power through strength, or might is right, so lets have none of that wussy, politically correct business of “if you call someone a fascist that means you’re a fascist.” which always comes up when I use the term. That kind of response is really at the level of kindergarten kids saying “if you say someone stinks that means you stink, nyhr.” We aim at a higher level of debate on Machiavelli.
In trying to prevent a dancer from practising her profession not only are the protesters deploying the same tactics as were used to marginalise Jews from the late Roman era to the end of World War 2, they are also denying the other dancers, the musicians and the theatre staff the right to earn their living. On top of that the audience who have paid to see a ballet are being deprived of their rights. All because of the political views of one performer.
My personal opinion of the BNP is that their racist views are repugnant. Having said that, on a number of issues they are quite left wing on some issues. All that aside, if we claim to be a liberal democracy we must protect their right to contest elections and publish their literature so long as it stays within the law. The best way to strengthen an organisation like the BNP is to exclude it from the democratic process. If you doubt me, read up on Hitler’s rise to power.
The Anti Nazi League and their supporters made two mistakes here, firstly they have made a personal attack on an individual. In a free society and individuals politics and religion are their own business. Even if the organisations they belong offend our sensibilities, individuals must be free within the law. That freedom only ceases when extremist organisations try to impose their view or try to silence alternative opinions.
Secondly, they assumed that people in the arts are uniformly left of centre. Most creative and performance artists are left leaning, but the one issue that will align them all behind Simone Clarke is the attempt to curtail her right to free expression.
I wholly support the aims of the anti nazi league and understand that one of their tactics is to oppose fascism as stridently as extreme right groups oppose liberalism, but this time they missed the target and shot themselves in the foot.

13 thoughts on “A Case Of Liberal Fascism

    1. Attack them and they just exploit the victim factor. Anyway I’ve said before it would be good if the BNP won a by election because it would show Labour they cant take the working class vote for granted while they court the middle classes with tax cuts.
      Just so long as we never have to face the prospect of two BNP members getting into Parliament (which could happen at the next election if some people don’t wake up.)

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      1. Yes. That was my point! They’ll say something like “look, they can’t take the truth!”

        Your point about the BNP getting into parliament is a scary thought! :-/

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  1. I agree too, yaay:)

    The one area in which I think card-carrying racists should be kept an eye on is any area in which they may use their influence to apply their racist views, i.e. what happens when you get racists in the Police Force. That said, any action taken should be as a consequence of someone not doing their job properly: before that, they’re free to believe what they like.

    Hope that made sense, it felt incoherent as I was typing it.

    God bless xx

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    1. I’m not sure I would have used the phrase “WHEN you get racists in the police force.” 😉
      Most coppers are alright but there is an element that belives black is guilty.

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  2. The problem with this book (and its promoters at right-wing think tanks such as the Claremont Institute) is its reliance on prejudice and selective interpretation. I will give one example. In a review of Liberal Fascism, the author from the Claremont Institute repeated without scrutiny the claim that Nietzsche was a ‘great advocate of state power’. Anyone who is at all familiar with the writings of Nietzsche will know that this is clearly false. One need only read Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part 1, ‘On the New Idol’ in which he castigates the state as a beast which destroys peoples and cultures. Such a mistake shows that these people really do not know what they are talking about and are indeed engaged in merely superficial propaganda.

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    1. Well you are right about Neitzsche James but I’m not sure what book you refer to, certainly not the one you think I referred to as I made no reference to any book.

      When I referred to “Liberal Fascism” I was highlighting the growing tendency of people who think of themselves as defenders of liberal values to behave as if no opinion but their may be publicly expressed. These “Political Correctness Police” as I call them in my blog are just as much propagandists as the extremists of the right and are quite willing to borrow repressive tactics from illiberal U.S. Evangelical groups.

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  3. There is bad news about George Herbert Walker Bush.

    What if basically all racial-minority people would subscribe to the interpretations that George Herbert Walker Bush committed monstrous, racist, hate crimes while he was the President of the United States?

    It will eventually come out: it is only a matter of time.

    Respectfully Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang, J.D. Candidate
    B.S., With the Highest Level of Academic Honors at Graduation, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    (I can type 90 words per minute, and there are thousands of copies on the Internet indicating the content of this post. And there are at least hundreds of copies in very many countries around the world.)
    _________________
    “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Off the top of my head—it came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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