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Fascists, fascists everywhere in the EU’s woke imagination

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‘THIS machine kills fascists’, American folk musician Woody Guthrie scrawled on his guitar during the Second World War. ‘Killing fascists’ was something of a national, even international, pastime in the 1930s and 40s, for reasons we are all very familiar with. What is more than alarming is that the activity appears to be making a worrying comeback in the 21st century.

It’s important to begin here by defining our terms. ‘Fascist’, for a coterie of overly influential media hacks and campaigners, is understood as anyone who thinks that borders might be worth keeping, climate change politics are a little suspect, there’s a slight problem with Islam, and the European Union is a bit bureaucratic. It is occasionally interchanged with the word ‘Nazi’ or, more soothingly for a modern age, ‘far right’ or ‘populist’, no doubt partly for fear of defamation claims rather than historical inaccuracy.

People such as ‘far-right anti-Islam activist’ Michael Stuerzenberger, a former journalist who has compared the Koran to Mein Kampf. He was stabbed by a man from Afghanistan in Mannheim, Germany, last Friday, and has since been the one under the spotlight for his ‘Islamophobia’. Tragically, the German police are now so obsessed by the ‘far-right threat’ that an officer who intervened at the scene was trying to arrest one of the victims of the attack when he had his throat cut by the knifeman, fatally wounding him. Writing in the Spectator this week, Katja Hoyer leads her reporting of the ‘crumbling of the social order’ in Germany not by pointing her fearful finger at the rise of violent, bloodthirsty immigrants wielding knives, but at the ‘resurgence of far-right sentiments’ and the ‘return of the 1920s and 30s’.

Similarly the ‘populist’ Prime Minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, shot several times at point-blank range last month, may himself have unwittingly ‘triggered’ pro-European Union, pro-Ukraine poet Juraj Cintula into making his assassination attempt. ‘Divisive’ opinions are causing the ‘polarisation’ of European politics and increasing ‘hate’: in the end, don’t the ‘fascists’ only have themselves to blame for provoking their otherwise rational opponents for all this violence?

Of course the biggest ‘fascist’ of all is, according to EU experts, delighted by all of this. Behind the rise of the ‘far right’ in Europe are not, as you might imagine, the Nazis embedded in the Ukrainian army, but their nemesis: Russian President Vladimir Putin. France’s Marine Le Pen has already been labelled a ‘friend of Putin’ by European Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen, and French President Emmanuel Macron accused her of being on Putin’s payroll during their 2022 presidential election debate. One of Le Pen’s former party members and a current parliamentary assistant to ‘far right’ Dutch MEP Marcel de Graaff is being investigated for being part of a ‘Russian disinformation campaign’ in the European Parliament. This despite even the notorious lackey of state power everywhere, Meta (the home of Facebook), trying to reassure European ‘investigators’ that the Russians have little or nothing to do with ‘anti-Ukraine’ propaganda.

What matters of course, as with the concocted Trump-Russia accusations, is not the truth, but the attempts to undermine the legitimacy of those expressing even mild opposition to the European Union’s promotion of war with Russia, gender ideology, mass Islamic migration or Net Zero targets. As with French President Macron’s desperate attempts to suggest that ‘Europe can die’ to save his political reputation, faced with a wipe-out at Sunday’s election the European establishment are trying to galvanise their loyal supporters into taking up arms against the foes of ‘democracy’.

Not literal arms, of course. I’m not suggesting that Europe’s leaders are in favour of political assassinations. I’m sure that Macron and von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have never sat around idly chatting about how much they agree with US Senator Lindsey Graham’s invitation to bump off Putin. Although they may never have uttered any words of regret about the car-bomb assassination of Darya Dugina, daughter of Alexander Dugin, Putin’s ‘guru’, I can’t imagine for a second that they would have supported the CIA’s operation to take her out. And just because no significant European leader has publicly expressed his condolences on the apparent murder of the husband of ‘far-right, anti-vaccination’ Italian MEP Francesca Donato last week does not imply any senior European politician is secretly happy about it.

Nonetheless, there is a spectre haunting Europe: the spectre of ‘anti-fascism’. The well-paid suits in power might not be explicitly asking who will rid them of various turbulent right-wingers, but their media allies seem happy to place ‘here be fascists’ targets on the backs of their opponents. Only last week, Marion Maréchal, niece of Marine Le Pen and candidate for the European Parliament, was asked on state radio France Inter: ‘What’s the difference between your defence of the family and [French wartime Nazi-adjacent leader] Marshall Pétain’s?’ All she had done was point out that the winner of the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival was a man. (Note, the leader of her party, Éric Zemmour, has been under police protection from Islamists since the Charlie Hebdo massacres in 2015. No one is under police protection for expressing pro-Islam views, or being ‘anti-fascist’, anywhere on the European continent.)

People in Europe have got used to reports of Antifa thuggery in GermanyFrance and elsewhere, with local news reporters often talking about their violent presence during left-wing marches in the quasi-neutral tones of an unavoidable natural disaster. Ultimately, however, the media are more obsessed by the rise of the ‘far-right’ threat to democracy than the threat to liberty posed by those who see the return of the Nazis at every Alternative für Deutschland rally, or the threat to life from those willing to stab ‘far-right Islamophobic’ politicians to death. ‘Killing fascists’ may have been all very well in 1944. In 2024, we should be very worried that anyone is being made to feel that it’s the right thing to do.

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Richard Ings
Richard Ings
Richard Ings is an actor, musician, part-time revolutionary and one-time parliamentary candidate for the Brexit Party. He can be found on Twitter @richardcings or richard.ings@thedemocrats.org.uk. He writes at https://richardings.substack.com/.

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