As king in his own emerald city
, Charles Johnson
has been busy seeing Fascist boogey men where none exist for some time now, and in his latest attempt
at stanching the flow of disillusioned people drifting away from LGF, he sticks to he’s familiar modus operandi
. It’s good that CJ Tool
has now taken to pondering the true meanings of Fascism, especially since he’s been rather quick on the draw in smearing everyone with that epithet over the past year who dares to differ with him.
In taking a closer look into the characteristics of Fascism, Johnson is “stunned, stunned I tell you“, of how close the Vlaams Belang fills the criteria of “Fascism” described in Robert Paxton’s book titled “The Anatomy of Fascism“. Let’s put it this way, while CJ is indeed stunned, others who know better, understand that the criteria detailed in the book does not match up with the Vlaams Belang, only a superficial reading of the book with an ideological axe to grind, could someone come to that conclusion.
CJ states the following: “The correlation between these points, the tactics and positions of the Vlaams Belang, and the rationalizations of the “anti-Islamization” groups who are making alliances with them, is simply stunning.”
Ok, lets take a peek into Paxton’s criteria cited by Johnson, of which someone reminds the TT that the criteria fits in perfectly with Islam:
* a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solutions;
[The Vlaams Belang has long sought to become part of the Belgian ruling government (read= being a part of traditional solutions) to help solve the crisis which is Belgium, but has been sidelined into the permanent role of opposition.]
* the primacy of the group, toward which one has duties superior to every right, whether individual or universal, and the subordination of the individual to it;
* the belief that one’s group is a victim, a sentiment that justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, against its enemies, both internal and external;
* dread of the group’s decline under the corrosive effects of individualistic liberalism, class conflict, and alien influences;
* the need for closer integration of a purer community, by consent if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary;
* the need for authority by natural chiefs (always male), culminating in a national chieftain who alone is capable of incarnating the group’s historical destiny;
* the superiority of the leader’s instincts over abstract and universal reason;
* the beauty of violence and efficacy of will, when they are devoted to the group’s success
Now take a look at the Vlaams Belang Party platform or charter, and let me know after it’s read, exactly where VB charter matches up with the criteria in Paxton’s book. Do your homework, don’t take my word or Charles Johnson’s, look at the two examples yourself and then decide. Don’t place or insert something that’s not there. What a political charter states, is what that party supports, no more, no less. You decide for yourself, not CJ Tool. KGS
NOTE: I will pubish all responses that are carefully thought out and well written.
The Manifesto of the Vlaams Belang
The Flemish Republic is published by the Flemish Independence Party Vlaams Belang. Friends of Flemish Independence (FFI) is operated by the Vlaams Belang.PrinciplesThe Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) is the political mouthpiece of the Flemish Movement as it has developed through time. The party voices the demands of the Flemish Movement on the political scene. (i.e. self government, abolition of ‘facilities’, return of lost territories, never-again war, amnesty.)
The Vlaams Belang is a party of Flemish patriots. (In the Anglosaxon semantic context, “Flemish nationalism” in the continental-European semantic context). It is an instrument for the advancement of the national and cultural identity of Flanders. Through its political initiatives the Vlaams Belang aims to ensure that the organisation and government of the state are (co-)determined by the need to preserve the cultural identity and the national interests of the Flemish people. The state is but a structure. In accordance with the principle of selfdetermination the state exists to serve the people. The state should serve the people, not the other way round.
The Vlaams Belang is a “nationalist party of the right” (In the continental-European semantic context, as opposed to the collectivist, etatist “left”. In an Anglosaxon context the term “conservative” would be used, as opposed to “liberal”). Indeed, we recognise man as a free agent, with all his human qualities and flaws, and we reject ideologies that presuppose the “makeability” of mankind and that advocate social engineering. Tradition, virtues and morality, as these have grown through time, must be respected and are constitutive elements of the society of the future.
1. Flemish Independence
The Vlaams Belang strives for the secession of Flanders from the artificial Belgian state. Our aim is to dissolve Belgium and establish an independent Flemish state. This state will be sovereign over the Dutch-speaking territory of Belgium and will include Brussels, which is the capital of Flanders but will have a separate linguistic status.
2. The Netherlands and the Dutch Language.
Language is a constitutive element of a people’s cultural identity. The Vlaams Belang defends the interests of the Dutch-speaking people wherever this is necessary, particularly along the linguistic border and in the international institutions. The party will encourage Flanders to cooperate as closely as possible with the Netherlands and with Southern Flanders (the Dutch-speaking municipalities in the North of France).
The cooperation of the European nations within a shared civilization and culture provides a historic opportunity for peace, stability and prosperity. However, we adopt a restrained and critical attitude towards the European Union with its bureaucracy and tendency to meddle where the sovereignty of the people should prevail. The Vlaams Belang also believes that the territory of the European Union should not extend beyond the boundaries of Europe.
4. Reverse the Erroneous Multicultural Policies.
Inspired by its concern to defend and protect the cultural identity of the Flemish people, the Vlaams Belang rejects the tenets of the multicultural ideology.
It must be made clear to aliens and immigrants in Flanders that they are expected to comply with our laws, and also to adapt to our values and morality, to our habits and to important traditional principles of European civilization, such as the separation of church and state, democracy, freedom of speech and the equal status of men and women.
For those aliens and immigrants who reject, ignore or contest the above, a policy of repatriation will be implemented, through appropriate legislation regulating political asylum, nationality, security and expulsion. Illegal and criminal aliens must be repatriated. Voting rights are reserved for citizens.
Values and morality
Human beings are free persons. The Vlaams Belang is dedicated to protecting the individual from abuse of power by the state. The party defends the freedom of speech, as the first and most important principle in the democratic organisation of society. Other principles include – among others – the right of free assemblage and association, freedom of education, freedom of conscience and the right to life. The right of ownership and free enterprise – which constitute the foundation for economic development, employment and prosperity – are inherent freedoms of our society.
In its political activities the Vlaams Belang will respect, as a minimum, the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 4 November 1950 and the related protocols which apply in Belgium. The party will ensure that itself, its various components and elected delegates also observe the right to self-determination of nations.
2. Law and Order.
The authorities must respect the rights of every citizen and guarantee law and order. The Vlaams Belang believes that democracy and the rule of law are the best safeguards for personal freedom.
Security, and the curtailment of crime, are essential to society. The authorities of a state must guarantee security for all its citizens. The criminal’s personal responsibility must be recognized and appreciated as a cause of insecurity. For the Vlaams Belang a tough line on crime and zero tolerance are central to government, and the judiciary and the prison system must cooperate in this.
3. Subsidiarity and a Policy for the Common Good.
Society should be organized according to the principle of subsidiarity. What can be done efficiently at a lower level of society must not be relegated to a distant, anonymous and unaccountable authority.
Government and the authorities should act with utmost restraint and reticence at all times. Bearing this in mind, the Vlaams Belang is in favour of the lowest possible level of taxation and against the dissipation of public money. The party also rejects politically inspired educational reforms.
Politics (and also this party) is never a goal in itself, but a means to advance the public interest. The Vlaams Belang favours a sound vision on the duties of government. These include a greater focus on the essentials (such as the maintenance of law and order), the active reduction of redundant structures and excessive legislation, the fight against corruption and bureaucracy, and respect for the separation of powers.
A humane society is not made up of isolated individuals. Free persons are rooted in the framework of their people and their culture. Solidarity is the interaction between the individual and the smaller and larger communities of which he is a part.
A strong foundation for solidarity is provided by the community of citizens united by their cultural identity or shared history and civilization. The care provided by families and their social entourage for the weak in general, and the handicapped and the sick in particular, is thus supported and complemented.
In a healthy society the excesses of the “rat race society” must be curbed. In this, the government plays a carefully considered role, bearing in mind the subsidiarity principle.
All generations participate fully in society.
5. The Family.
The traditional family is at the heart of a humane society. Its merit is acknowledged and safeguarded in the marriage between a man and a woman. Policymakers should recognize the central role of families with children in society. Their task is to protect the family instead of attempting to usurp its functions. This is the only approach which can provide solutions for the urgent problem of the birth dearth.