"The Law Death"
"The Law Death"
Given all that cops do, we think they deserve at least the same benefit of the doubt that criminals get every day.
- new york post editorial titled ‘three cheers for the nypd’
only fascists could think that a group with a legal sanction to use deadly force deserves less scrutiny than the average citizen
unless the argument here is that police should be treated like criminals since really the cops are the most violent gang in America. In 2012 in Seattle the police accounted for 20% of all homicides. And in 2011 the National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project showed that police commit rape/sexual assault at a rate higher than the rest of the American public. Cops are dangerous and not in the already-scary, “protect-the-public” nonsense, thin-blue-line-bullshit way the majority of the American public tends to think.
maybe liberals will recognise the ukraine revolution isnt a Good Thing now that protestors have firebombed a synagogue, but its obviously not fascists amirite?!?!?!
you’d have thought putting up banners of a nazi war criminal in a city hall might have tipped them off but liberals are slow to make judgements unless someone’s breaking a store window
pan’s labyrinth is a very important movie about how fascists are morally and intellectually inferior to small children who believe in fairy tales
i think people who talk of the aesthetization of politics ignore the ways in which forms of democracy - or any ‘system’ for that matter - are essentially aestheticized. as deleuze wrote: “philosophy, art, and science are not the mental objects of an objectified brain but the three aspects under which the brain becomes subject”. those elements are intertwined and propagated within any society. there is nothing inherently fascist about that. if you want to locate the origins of the fascism it is specifically in the stories it tells.
fascism is the last attempt of liberalism, the enlightenment or any other ‘virtue’ to maintain itself against material conditions which contradict what it tries to affirm. it’s the state it rapidly degenerates into when conditions escalate. if you want to locate the origins of fascism look at the way discourse rapidly degenerates and erases talk of material conditions and contradictions.
i totally agree with zizek here. there is nothing inherently fascist about the aestheticization of politics.
History indicates that successful fascists never openly state their true intentions from the outset and often lie to obscure it. The EDL has a shadowy internal structure. They have no official membership mechanism but organising roles are assigned. Their membership gravitate to the slogan “No Surrender” or NFSE (No Fucking Surrender Ever). Yaxley-Lennon boasts that he is the voice of the “non-Muslim working class”, an attempt to define the EDL as a “working class” organisation. But, in the past, their activists have attacked regional Unite the Union offices. In 2011 they planned to attack the Occupy movement in London and others they identify as “Marxists”, none of which has anything to do with their stated “anti-Islam extremism” agenda. Fascists legitimately participate in liberal democracies and pay lip-service to existing democratic principles until they are powerful enough to crush them. They organise around a charismatic leader with a resonant, if not entirely accurate, message of a failing and out-of-touch liberal elite that appears incapable of resolving profound economic problems. However, winning the population over through argument is never sufficient; fascists organise militia to intimidate, attack and kill their opponents. They start with vulnerable and isolated individuals then, as fascists grow in confidence and strength, their murderous tactics target entire groups and communities. The EDL doesn’t entirely sit within this classic fascist profile and have adapted 21st Century modifications. They have a Jewish Section, had notable Sikh supporters and also a LGBT section. In variation from traditional street thuggery is the use of “charitable community” groups like “Woolwich Strong” – a convincing ruse which devises vigils “standing strong” against “extremism, terrorism and oppression”. Whilst allegedly not “officially affiliated with the EDL”, most, if not all, of these groups were organised by EDL activists. “Woolwich Strong” day, Sunday 23 June, received significant public support in local and social media. Though uneventful in Woolwich itself, other groups like “Derby Strong” successfully mobilised over 300 people with no opposition. Co-opting the empty language of “charity” and “anti-extremism” creates an illusion of legitimacy which chimes with the State’s own national security rhetoric.
this is a really great read (even this little snip from the whole) because
1) Cathal (and others) has pointed this out before that fascism of this sort is certainly insidiously on the rise in England and America
2) the note on “‘charitable community’ groups” seems important to me. This is pretty typical lazy (effective) tactic of fascists, good example is Golden Dawn in Greece. I’ve seen some Anarchists and (self-described) Left Libertarians say “the Left could learn something from Golden Dawn” and other fascists in this “charitable community” activity vein and it’s just so pathetic and dangerous of them to not realize or investigate what actually is going on through those efforts (hey, if you want to appeal to fascists and just fascists have at it you self-proclaimed Anarchist fuckers)