There has always been a minority of racist right-wing fascists. They are the ones who scream about racial purity, white power and want to drive out all immigrants and people who aren’t like them. They like violence and appearing strong.
This obnoxious group of nationalists are usually kept in check by sane people – people who are tolerant and caring.
Then came 9/11 and the fear of terrorism, coupled with mass immigration.
Overpopulation, oppressive tyranny, war and climate change were conspiring to make regions of the world untenable. There were too many young people and too little work. Couple that with climate change and we have a recipe for disaster.
Wars in the Middle East have fostered hatred.
Droughts and heatwaves were driving people out of various regions.
Desperate people wanted to escape to a land of opportunity.
Fanatical religion, like extreme Islam, was able to harness the hate, the fear and the desperation. They unleashed a string of terrorist acts and tried to disrupt and destabilise the West (calling for a jihad against the oppressive crusaders – making it a holy war).
The fear of terrorism coupled with mass immigration fueled the rise of right-wing attitudes. There was a big rise in nationalism, isolationism, fascism, racism and xenophobia.
It was manna to populist leaders. They worked on this seam of fear and created more fear, more hate and division.
The immigrants desperate to escape terrible conditions in their own countries were looking for a chance. They were portrayed as rabid rapists, drug dealers, terrorists and murderers. They were coming in to take our jobs, rape our women and take over our country. They were bringing their vile customs and religions. They had to be stopped.
All around the world we saw fanatical extremists – ISIS, A Qaeda, Boko Haram, and the Taliban. There was a clash of cultures. We were at war.
The populist leaders – Trump, Bolsonaro, Johnson, Erdogan, Modi, and Orban, promised easy solutions. We would build walls, use military might and threats, look after our own and leave the world to it.
You don’t beat fascism and fanaticism with violence.
Violence breeds hate
Hate breeds more violence.
Fascism needs defeating.
Populism, nationalism and intolerance is no answer. It produces nasty totalitarian states the like of which Trump, Bolsonaro, Johnson and the rest are building. It inflames division, creates more hate and violence.
We need a better answer.
We need to smash right-wing fascism – but not with violence.
Instead of looking at the product we need to address the cause!
What is causing the wave of mass immigration? What is fueling the rise of religious fanaticism?
It is overpopulation, changing climate, lack of opportunity, war and tyranny.
Those are the issues that require addressing and they cannot be addressed by building walls, separating ourselves off and delivering threats. They have to be dealt with globally by cooperation, planning and the intelligent application of solutions.
- Address climate change
- Provide economic stability
- End wars
- Educate the world
- Reduce populations
If people are employed, with a stable future, enough resources and no threats, they do not need to migrate and are not motivated to join fanatical groups.
You defeat fascism by the application of compassion and intelligence.
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