Tuesday, June 09, 2009
The fascist vote posted by Richard Seymour
Further, the report tells us something about the political attitudes of BNP supporters. 94% want all immigration stopped. 72% of them support 'voluntary repatriation'. That's about 700,000 people behind that flagship BNP policy - I'd like to know what they think would amount to the government 'encouraging' such 'voluntary repatriation'. Bribes? Discrimination in the workplace? Well, there's a clue in that half of BNP voters want employers to discriminate on the grounds of race. 58% of their voters believe that most crime is committed by immigrants. Most of their voters are not signed up to the BNP's wholesale Holocaust-denial, although a disproportionate number of them are. So, what we are seeing is not so much support for the BNP's illicit Nazism, but rather support for segregation, racial privilege, 'soft' ethnic cleansing, and authoritarianism. I need hardly say that this is itself a significant menace and challenge. It is on the basis of such reactionary views that fascists have always built up support. And it is this layer of 'soft' racists whom the BNP seek to cultivate, draw in and convert to fascism proper. This is the process we need to interrupt.