This is very welcome news. What has the Italian Leftists all in a tizzy is that he plans to take a tougher stance on illegal immigration as well as reducing Roman governmental spending, which includes less funds being spent on the arts.
“Although fighting illegal immigration was the main plank of Alemanno’s campaign, he also has said he believes the RomaCinemaFest should be downsized and de-emphasized in the city’s budget.”
Perish the thought! So now the Left is bringing up the spectre of neo-Fascism making its way back into the political arena, after being successfully sidelined since the end of WWII. But is that thankfully defeated ideology being successfully resuscitated back to life, or is it just a scare tactic by the Left to help them maintain some measure of usefulness and credibility?
European News ran an excellent article the other day called “The mythical European “Far Right”, and since it is defined as “mythical”, it is plain to see what is the central, core issue of the article itself. How can it be that a destructive collectivist ideology such as National Socialism, came to be associated with conservative politics?
What exactly is the “Far Right”? It has a negative connotation, it is ‘bad’ to be “Far Right”. As to what that means, that is immaterial. The very concept of ‘left’ and ‘right’ stems from the time of the French revolution, where the left would be the radicals and the right would be the conservatives, as seated in the national assembly.
But this clear distinction would hardly apply here, as we are more than two centuries away from that. What then is the “Far Right”? Jonah Goldberg in his profound and entertaining book Liberal Fascism” probably has the only workable definition: Left is statist (in support of the big state, high taxes), Right is libertarian, as in minimal taxes, minimal state.”
The whole issue of what is Left and Right has been for the most part, widely defined by the Left, who have managed to distance themselves from the dangerous, genocidal movement (exm: the German/Islamic variety), and successfully positioned it (wrongly) to belong on the Right. But the question remains, does it actually belong there?
Any ideology that stresses a major role of the state in managing the affairs of its citizens has more in common with Fascism, than any traditional reading of conservative politics, which places an equal amount of emphasis on the responsibility of the private citizen. One only has to look at Venezuela to see the rise of Fascism, with Hugo Chavez’s emphasis on state control in every aspect of its economy and in the private lives of the average Venezuelan.
It’s not by accident that there has been a resurgence of Anti-Semitism in that country.
While it’s completely understandable that people would opt for a simplification of complicated issues, it doesn’t however make it right, especially when it comes at the expense of the truth. The Left has every reason in the world to keep the myth of “conservative Fascism” alive and well, because it perpetuates their relevance in the eyes of the public, as being the vanguards of progressive liberalism and a watch dog against intolerance.
But how many people would remain enthusiastic about the Left if it became common knowledge that, both varieties of socialism, Nationalist and Internationalist, are just two branches of the same impulse? That the National Socialists borrowed the idea of genocide from traditional socialist ideals and teachings, and that Marx had no problem with the idea of wiping out huge populations in order to build the “dream state”?
Tomorrow is May 1st, and here in Finland, that means many towns and cities will be hosting marches of the socialist faithful, who will be banging their drums and tooting their horns as they sing the “International“, the song of international socialism. I just cringe when I hear the verses being shouted over the din of the half baked “tinny music” that passes by.
If only more people became aware of the significance of the verses “This is the eruption of the end, Of the past let us wipe the slate clean“, there would be even fewer people walking under the banner of the Left. Have a Happy May Day. *L* KGS
“Stand up, wretched of the earth
Stand up, galley slaves of hunger
Reason thunders in its volcano
This is the eruption of the end
Of the past let us wipe the slate clean
Masses, slaves, arise, arise
The world is about to change its foundation
We are nothing, let us be all
This is the final struggle
Let us gather together, and tomorrow The Internationale Will be the human race ”