If leftists are scared of you and the influence you are having on mainstream politics, then it shows you are being effective. This was on clear display this week with a column in the Guardian by Jason Wilson. He demanded that media attention be drawn to the so called “far-right” arguing that letting them be allows them and their ideas to flourish, free from so called “scrutiny”.
“Far-right” is a leftist term for people whose views are ignored by the political establishment and mainstream media. These include concerns about issues such as the Islamization of the west, open door immigration, globalism, attempts to regulate free speech, redefining gender and the alleged climate change consensus. The left, and even soft conservatives, view even opening these issues up for discussion as political heresy.
This is why over the past few years around the Western world concerned citizens have used the power and freedom of the internet to discuss these issues and form plans for action. Action takes many forms: new political parties, new lobby groups, new media outlets (such as The Unshackled) as well as action on the streets. Many of them have taken the label “alt-right”, other times they have been called the “new right” and “alt-lite”
They were able achieve two monumental events in 2016 with triumph of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. However, 2017 is proving more of a challenge and the situation for the West proving more dire. The resistance to the resurgent right has also stepped up this year. This includes attempting to smear alternative media as fake news. It has also involved more sinister tactics such as attempting to have those with right wing views no-platformed from various social media sites, attempting to get them fired from their jobs, to outright violence on the streets.
This is why it is quite bizarre that this columnist believes the “far right” has escaped scrutiny. Especially since it is quite clear the cultural left is still in charge of our society. In Australia, we still don’t have free speech, our leaders won’t do anything to address the concerns with immigration and Islam and are going full steam ahead with turning off cheap, reliable coal fired power.
Wilson believes that fascists and white supremacists have infiltrated many mainstream conservative organisations. He seems to have a lose definition of those terms as he claims that Mark Latham, by signing up with Rebel Media, is now with “dubious company” with Britain’s most prominent anti-Islam campaigner Tommy Robinson (despite the fact that he works with many different racial and religious groups who have concerns about Islam).
He also points to the fact that Steve Bannon, formerly chairman of Breitbart News was appointed of White House Chief Strategist. He alleges that Breitbart has been one of the leading proponents of white nationalist propaganda even though alt-right adherents reject Breitbart News as a mouthpiece for them.
Despite the fact that his people are still in charge, Wilson does show that he’s scared of the right’s ascendancy especially in Australia. He laments that offshore processing is now a bipartisan policy, that Pauline Hanson is back and that programs such as Safe Schools have been abolished in several states.
At the end of the article Wilson demands that journalists expose any “far-right” influence in mainstream conservatism. This would imply Wilson would like to see more smears of right wing politicians allegedly having “extremist views”. He finishes off by making a sweeping claim that the “far-right” has history of terror and violence. Nevermind that it is leftists who have been the violent ones more recently, rioting in the streets, assaulting those they disagree with and even carrying out political assassinations.
I am glad Wilson his ilk is scared and feel they need to go into overdrive to defeat the “far-right”. But it also implies their tactics are likely to become even more underhanded, if that were possible. It is clear that those of us on the right are making an impact, but there is still more work to be done, but we are certainly making those in power begin to tremble and not be so sure of their control over the people anymore.