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“Fascionable” Again in Europe

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [1] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

[2]COMMENT: We’ve told you so–over and over and (present-par­tici­ple, exple­tive delet­ed) over again!

Fas­cism is descend­ing over much of the world, from the Hindu/nationalist fas­cist RSS/BJP milieu of Naren­dra Mod [3]i in India to the neo-fas­cist/Third Posi­tion­ists com­pris­ing the Snow­denista [4]/Wik­ileaks [5] pha­lanx.

Dark­ness is set­ting in.

In Europe, the eco­nom­ic con­di­tions deriv­ing from the Euro-aus­ter­i­ty doc­trine man­dat­ed by Ger­many are bear­ing fruit sim­i­lar to the har­vest of the 1930’s  brought about by the Great Depres­sion.

Not even as rel­a­tive­ly staid a source as The Dai­ly Beast can ignore the onrush of Euro-fas­cism.

“Fas­cism Is Fash­ion­able Again in Europe” by Thane Rosen­baum; The Dai­ly Beast; 6/8/2014. [6]

EXCERPT: Fas­cism is back in fash­ion near­ly all through­out Europe. Elec­tions for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, with bal­lots cast in 28 coun­tries, pro­duced a star­tling vic­to­ry for the sort of polit­i­cal par­ties that are nor­mal­ly not invit­ed to fash­ion­able par­ties.

In some coun­tries, like France, where fash­ion always mat­ter, the vot­ers gave the boor­ish Nation­al Front the largest share of votes. Sim­i­lar extreme right-wing sen­ti­ment fueled the elec­toral out­come in Eng­land, where the Unit­ed King­dom Inde­pen­dence Par­ty out­polled all oth­er par­ties. [The Unit­ed King­dom Inde­pen­dence Par­ty is not fas­cist in ide­ol­o­gy. Its advo­cates seem rel­a­tive­ly unaware of the Friedrich List-inspired nature of the Ger­man dom­i­naed EU, however.–D.E.] In both coun­tries, extrem­ists cap­tured more than a quar­ter of the vote.

Things were only slight­ly bet­ter in Aus­tria, Den­mark, and Swe­den. In Hun­gary, the demon­stra­bly anti-Semit­ic Job­bik par­ty fin­ished sec­ond. In Greece, the Gold­en Dawn par­ty, a neo-Nazi out­fit that dress­es in what looks like Nazi uni­forms, cap­tured seats for the first time. Even in Ger­many, where Nazi mem­o­ra­bil­ia and roman­ti­cism are out­lawed, a neo-fas­cist claimed a seat.

All across the Atlantic the fringe is look­ing more and more like the main­stream. These groups are gen­er­al­ly unit­ed in their thug­gery and xeno­pho­bia. Open­ly racist, anti-immi­grant, and anti-Semit­ic feel­ings seem to be the first plank atop each party’s plat­form. To be sure, eco­nom­ic reces­sion, the ongo­ing Euro­pean debt cri­sis, and high unem­ploy­ment con­tributed to this dash toward extrem­ism, but anti-for­eign­er rhetoric ulti­mate­ly dom­i­nat­ed the cam­paigns.

Hat­ing the oth­er has become a Euro­pean ral­ly­ing cry.

These par­lia­men­tary results, how­ev­er, were not that dif­fi­cult to pre­dict for any­one pay­ing atten­tion to the vul­gar events that have over­tak­en the con­ti­nent late­ly. This past Sep­tem­ber, in Greece, a man sym­pa­thet­ic to Gold­en Dawn’s stump speech­es mur­dered Pav­los Fys­sas, a left-wing rap­per bet­ter known by his hip-hop han­dle, Kil­lah P. Like the storm troop­ers of old, Gold­en Dawn—the fastest grow­ing par­ty in Greece—can’t seem to make an appear­ance with­out a riot break­ing out, open­ly invok­ing Nazism and Hitler as their pri­ma­ry polit­i­cal influ­ences. They even have a logo that resem­bles a swasti­ka.

A Bel­gian polit­i­cal par­ty, Stand Up Belges! has gained fol­low­ers. A day before the elec­tions, three peo­ple were mur­dered (and one crit­i­cal­ly wound­ed) at the Jew­ish Muse­um in Brus­sels. Less than a month ear­li­er, there was a planned “gath­er­ing of dis­si­dents” fea­tur­ing an assort­ment of Nazi-envy char­ac­ters. The protest was banned but not before the crowd per­formed the quenelle en masse, pop­u­lar­ized by French com­ic Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala. The ges­ture has become a trendy sym­bol among those who would oth­er­wise fetishize Heil Hitler.

Speak­ing of Dieudonne, he has been con­vict­ed sev­en times in France for preach­ing anti-Semi­tism and boasts a per­son­al friend­ship with Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the Nation­al Front. Dieudonne’s act has includ­ed dress­ing up as a rab­bi and giv­ing a Nazi salute. Recent­ly on stage he warned a French-Jew­ish radio host, “if winds change … I think to myself, well, the gas cham­bers … too bad.” On Feb­ru­ary 1, his sup­port­ers held a demon­stra­tion pur­port­ed­ly against the French pres­i­dent, but the protest descend­ed into an old-school pogrom when the crowd chant­ed: “Jew, France is not yours!”

Such are the polemics of Euro­pean hate, which no one takes seri­ous­ly until it’s time to take it seri­ous­ly. The eco­nom­ic con­di­tions and polit­i­cal land­scape through­out the con­ti­nent is start­ing to look a lot like the ’30s, which, despite what Win­ston Churchill said about his own coun­try at the time, was not Europe’s “finest hour.” A good thing Churchill didn’t live to see the Unit­ed King­dom Inde­pen­dence Par­ty. . . .