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Sydney World Tuesday, March 27, 2035
FASCISM GOES GREEN
Although it was very common in the last century to discuss and debate why so many Communists recanted and became torch bearers of the Right, no one can comprehensively define the moment being Green was key to the Fascist revival in Europe.
Some suspect the reasons are the same- ego. Many of the standard bearers of the far Left, especially the writers and academics, were children of the privileged elite who found the prominence of Communism very becoming. As Communism became discredited, particularly after the Hungarian uprising, many found it easier than they expected to maintain a seat at the high table simply by becoming a star witness for the prosecution in the West.
The Right, from soft to extreme, which spent many years deriding everything about and everyone connected to Global Warming, suddenly found its populist lifeboat.
Some psychologists say the voters in Europe are seduced by the certainties the Fascist parties promise. Anna Cataricci, a cultural anthropologist based in Rome says, “All dictators need a narrative. In the past the Fascists had Jews, Gypsies, Gays, Blacks, basically anyone who could be presented as a threat. Now the narrative has changed but it is still a story the voters want to hear. On the surface all prejudices are eliminated in favour of saving the nation, the world. But this is not true- poverty and bigotry are harnessed seamlessly. The landed gentry, old money, can swipe at the nouveaux riche and the poor can join in too. For the Fascist there is nothing more wonderful than a Black Jewish Homosexual addicted to conspicuous consumption.”
It is now obvious that across Europe many of the loudest and most successful standard bearers of environmentalism are rabble-rousers with a very radical agenda. Incorporating the ideals of environmentalism into politics is generally something that has been a vote winner for two decades but adding social politics quickly leads to a very extreme position.
Last month the New German Green Party was raided ostensibly over financial irregularities but it is become clear the authorities had other motives. One of the posters the party was planning to unveil in the New Year carries a slogan translated as: If We Won’t Fly in an African mango, Why Fly in an African Person?
Since eco-politics went mainstream there has always been a nagging suspicion and consistent accusations that it is a front for protectionism and self-interest. But since voters think the established parties are weak, feeble and too timid to grasp dramatic solutions, although moderate politicians say even their most modest proposals to counter global warming have been rejected and interpreted as another attack on personal freedom, the voters are willing to tolerate restrictions when they affect others. Immigration consistently appears to be something of a vote winner across the spectrum, and hatches unexpected alliances.
The former Liberals who have embraced Fascism, just as convincingly as former Communists recanted, have lent credibility and often respectability to groups very recently dismissed as thugs.
The Fascists, though, favour the old solutions. Somewhat predictably, all non citizens are to be deported. Fascist politicians are increasingly happy to speak openly about their policies. “The situation is simple,” says Simon Procter of the New Britannia Party, “we have to do everything to preserve native flora and fauna, we have to avoid air-freighted food to support British agriculture but then we have to tolerate foreigners at every corner! Your imported banana doesn’t drive a car and want a big screen TV but your imported people do. We’re making no bones about it, get them out. All non-Caucasians, we mean. Even if you were born here, you’ll be deported. If I was born in China would I be Chinese? No! No! No! If you’re black, brown or yellow you should seize the opportunity to reclaim your heritage. You’re getting a free ticket – take it. You’re not British. You live where you belong, I’ll live where I belong. We’ll trade, we’ll be courteous but well never move in together.”
Mr Procter speaks in a calm, professional manner with just enough animation to play to the gallery. The local audiences are probably not aware that his message echoes the German poster.
Where once party officials would distance themselves from such extreme words or even suspend the official, now they use such local organisers to test the water.
“It may sound like extremism, to you”, Procter adds, “but it’s now about survival and ultimatums. Every politician thinks he is Moses leading his people to the Promised Land, but the Fascists can deliver a Britain that can survive what the established political parties have allowed to happen.”
Throughout Europe ordinary citizens voice a need for governments- or even the military? - to do something.
The Fascists also say that apart from those most in need, all welfare payments will be stopped and the money diverted to flood defences and carbon neutral schemes.
To demonstrate ‘equality’ the Pan-European Fascist Alliance has agreed to repatriate each state’s citizens, forcibly if necessary.