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Soon, we will have to supress the fascists.

Posted by Jason O on Nov 13, 2010 in Irish Politics

The Public Order Squad: The thin line between an organised democratic society and the fascist mob.

The Public Order Squad: The thin line between an organised democratic society and the fascist mob.

I once had an enormous row with a Sinn Fein activist (yes, I know. Me? A row?) when I referred to the IRA as a fascist organisation. He took grave offence, saying that it was a left wing liberation organisation. My point was that here was an organisation which was ultra-nationalist, sectarian in practice, militarist, and self appointed, refuting the democratic process of the country it claimed to speak for. What was non-fascist about that?

You don’t have to be right-wing to be a fascist. If the BNP lost a general election in the UK, and proceeded to physically assault government departments in an attempt to get their policies implemented, that would not be tolerated by the far left. Likewise, if the far left fail to win significant numbers of seats in the coming general election, that does not give them the right to violently oppose the democratically elected government.

We live in a complex age, where the mechanisms by which we run our society have to be managed through rational debate and democratic consensus. Neither Youth Defence, the far left, or anti-immigrant groups have a right, because they can mobilise physical force, to overrule the silent majority who express their views in the ballot box. They want change? Stop smashing windows and start canvassing. If you genuinely speak for the people, you’ll be topping the poll in no time. After all, voting is free. 

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