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Nigel Farage: America is the “battleground” in a political struggle to save “Western civilisation.”

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“Marxists are trying to destroy Judeo-Christian culture, the family unit, and the identity of Western nations.”

he 1980s television series The Dark Side is broadcast on Legend (formerly The Horror Channel).

It begins with this,

“Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.
But…there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit…a dark side.

Some consider that the voice-over by Paul Sparer was desperately trying to warn the world of future political doom.

One Horseman of the Apocalypse out riding this week is Nigel Farage.

Farage’s friends in the extreme right Breitbart News continue,

Brexit firebrand Nigel Farage has expressed his ‘shock’ at what he called the ‘appalling’ raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago yesterday.

Brexit architect and political commentator Nigel Farage has expressed his “shock” at last night’s FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago on Monday morning, an action the veteran populist firebrand described as “appalling”.

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Having reviewed Michael Crick’s biography of the leader of UKIP/Brexit Party/the Reform Party it is of little surprise to see the man – Donald Trump’s British Majordomo – at this event‘

If America falls, we all fall!’ Farage speaks at US rally in Texas to get rid of Pelosi

“NIGEL Farage has told a packed US Conservative rally that America is the “battleground” in a political struggle to save “Western civilization.”

The far right Daily Express continues,

Because you are the foot soldiers, that you are the foot soldiers in this battle on behalf not just of America, but on behalf of the whole of the free world to save everything our forebears built, designed and defended against the world.

The Guardian’s David Smith reported a few days ago, in detail, on the event at which Farage spoke,

Viktor Orbán turns Texas conference into transatlantic far-right love-in.

“The globalists can all go to hell,” declared Viktor Orbán. “I have come to Texas!”

The crowd roared, whooped and gave a standing ovation as if at a campaign rally for former US president Donald Trump. It was evident they saw in Orbán a kindred spirit – a blunt weapon to wield against liberal foes

The Hungarian prime minister was the opening speaker at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, and perhaps the most vivid demonstration yet of the mutual and rapidly growing affinity between the far right in America and Europe.

Orbán, who has been prime minister for 12 years, boasted about his hardline stance on illegal immigration, law and order and “gender ideology” in schools. He touted a rise in marriages and fall in abortions. He was unapologetic in his defence of blood-and-soil nationalism and contempt for “leftist media”.

Rarely has the alliance between nationalist parties across the Atlantic been so bold, overt and unshackled. CPAC was once the domain of cold warrior Ronald Reagan. But in recent years guest speakers have included the Brexit cheerleader Nigel Farage and Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, niece of the far-right French politician Marine Le Pen (NOTE: too extreme for her aunt’s Rassemblement National, since the beginning of this year she has backed Zemmour’s party La Reconquête)

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On Friday the lineup included Steve Bannon, who has worked with openly racist far-right leaders across Europe and once leased a medieval monastery outside Rome to run a “populism bootcamp”.

Bannon is former executive chairman of Breitbart News, which he once described as “the platform of the ‘alt-right’”, a movement associated with efforts to preserve “white identity” and defend “western values”. He served as chief strategist in the Trump White House and is now facing prison after being convicted of contempt of Congress for failing to comply with the January 6 committee.

In By-Line Times Sian Norris has an analysis of the words of the US’s liegeman.

“The speech was a bingo-card of culture war issues, from a dig at lockdown restrictions to references to transgender women competing in swimming contests. Farage defended the right to say pregnant woman, not person – women, after all, being the class of people who the host state believes are undeserving of their human rights. 

He railed against schools and universities “indoctrinating” children around issues of race and gender, claiming that educational institutions no longer taught critical thinking – when in fact conversations about white privilege, the history of empire and challenging dominant (white) views of history are, in fact, encouraging of critical thinking. 

But what stood out – and what helps to understand the direction the far-right is moving in – was  the laser focus on war. 

The speech referenced “war”; “attack”; “foot soldiers”; “fifth column” and other martial terms 10 times, with conservatives positioned as the frontline in a battle to “save Western civilisation” from enemies that are positioned as “Marxist”. 

Norris notes,

The term no longer necessarily refers to people who follow Marxist theory, or even communists: in the far-right mind, Marxists and “cultural Marxists” represent feminists, left-wingers, anti-racists, civil rights activists such as Black Lives Matter, LGBTIQ people and Jewish people. 

“According to Farage, Western civilisation is “under attack as never before”, with a “fifth column” of Marxists, left-leaning lecturers and anti-racist activists trying to “destroy our Judeo-Christian culture”. He called it a virus, but the not so subtle subtext is that this is war, and it’s one that “English-speaking countries” are suffering the “worst” effects of. Luckily, Farage has the answer: CPAC attendees are the “foot soldiers” who are “going to fight hard against this stuff, aren’t we?””

You could say, who cares what Farage thinks about on any subject whatsoever:

This is what a lot of people care about:

150,000 people sign up to ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign after first day.

Labour List.

Elliot Chappell.

150,000 people have signed up to a nationwide campaign to fight back against rising prices and wage stagnation and to pressure the government to take action on the cost-of-living crisis as households across the country struggle to cope.

Commenting as the number of sign-ups surpassed the 150,000 mark on the first day of the ‘Enough is Enough‘ campaign, CWU general secretary Dave Ward said the initiative would “turn today’s war on workers into a conflict against every piss-taking boss, parasite landlord and corrupt politician in this country”.

Written by Andrew Coates

August 9, 2022 at 4:32 pm

Piers Corbyn Joins Extreme Right in Protest against Drag Queen Story Hour.

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Corbyn Now Openly Far Right.

Our Mum and Dad took me and younger sister, we must have still have been in Primary School, to see a Christmas Panto at Golders Green Hippodrome in the early sixties. It starred Danny la Rue. The much-loved Drag artist…

Corbyn joins far right:

This indicates how confusionism, beginning from Corbyn’s anti-Vaz, “anti-globalist” conspiracy ideologies, meets up with the classic far right.

Or as classic red-browner Frank Furedi says,

The revolt against Drag Queen Story Hour

Parents are right to challenge the indoctrination of their children.

If groups of parents had not protested against Drag Queen Story Hour in recent weeks, then its campaign of indoctrination would have gone unnoticed in the UK. Even now, most people are unaware of what is going on in libraries and in some schools. This is why it is so important that the public becomes more aware of the issues at stake.

Parents:

NO ARRESTS have been made at a large gathering of protesters in a row about a drag queen book reading event.

Protests started from around 10am this morning outside the Jubilee Library in Jubilee Street, Brighton.

A small group of protesters, including Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers Corbyn, were met by hundreds of people protesting in solidarity of a drag queen doing a book read for children.

Aida H Dee has been reading their new book at the library and will also be appearing at Hove Library in Church Road at 1pm, as well as Woodingdean Library in Warren Road at 3pm.

Written by Andrew Coates

August 4, 2022 at 6:12 pm

Marine Le Pen: ‘Normalisation’ and Attack on Sanctions Against Russia.

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Marine Le Pen: Now Attacks Sanctions Against Russia.

Marine Le Pen’s party, Le Rassemblement National (RN), has 89 seats in the French National Assembly (18,6% of the vote in the first round of the Parliamentary elections of 2022). This is a huge number for an organisation whose claimed membership stands at 83,000, a total others estimate at around 25,to 30, 000, structured in 100 local ‘federations’. The Rally, “a movement not a Party” declares that, Les membres du Rassemblement National constituent une authentique communauté, soudée face à l’ennemi commun et animé par des liens de fraternité.” . The members of the Rassemblement National constitute an authentic community, united in the face of the common enemy, driven and bound together by ties of fraternity.”

At present the RN is engaged in jostling between Jordan Bardella (said to have more “identitaire” politics) and Louis Aliot (Mayor of Perpignan) over who will eventually take over the RN national, party, Presidency from Marine Le Pen (the result will be known on the 5th of November). The inheritor of the Le Pen Dynasty is, and will be, devoting her time to managing her Parliamentary troops. The successor body to the Front National is known for its internal order and top down rule, originally modelled on the power of Central Committees under ‘democratic centralism’.

France 24 has this overview of Marine Le Pen’s parliamentary strategy today:

How Marine Le Pen’s far-right party went from ‘de-demonisation’ to ‘normalisation’

Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement national party is pursuing a “normalisation” strategy to continue its political ascent after a seismic breakthrough in June parliamentary elections. Most recently, the party voted alongside President Emmanuel Macron’s party on a key cost-of-living measure in a bid to present its MPs as the picture of professionalism, ready to do the business of governing. 

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A few days later, she demanded a professional look from her group of new MPs, many of them political neophytes with backgrounds far from Paris’s grand institutions (Note: a reference to the Grandes écoles, elite education): “All the men have got to wear ties,” Le Pen insisted. (known as la « stratégie de la cravate »)

As the new parliamentary term got under way, RN’s Sébastien Chenu and Hélène Laporte became two of the National Assembly’s six vice-presidents – a natural development for the second-biggest single party in the house of parliament, but a difficult scenario to envisage even a few months ago

As the wider public, something not always the case in French political life, have taken an interest in what happens in the National Assembly, this has taken place:

After that symbolic institutional breakthrough, Le Pen used Macron’s cost of living bill as an opportunity to develop the normalisation strategy.  

Le Pen made the cost of living the centrepiece of her muted yet effective presidential campaign, as she eschewed big rallies to focus on speaking to voters about purchasing power in France’s provincial towns and villages.  

Le Pen is keen to maintain her party’s anti-system image – hence RN criticised the bill, saying it does not go far enough. But RN MPs backed it, helping it pass on Wednesday. During the preceding debates, the party’s deputies supported a range of unsuccessful amendments from other parties, including one from far-left La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) firebrand François Ruffin. RN MP Jean-Christophe Tanguy said Ruffin’s proposed amendment was “common sense”. 

The RN does not spend much time working on the intellectual front, as did talking head rival Éric Zemmour and his party La Reconquête (now after electoral failure at just over 7% for the Presidency and no MPs, tearing itself to shreds). It has little to say to the book and web reading circles of red browners like Michel Onfray (Magazine, “la revue de tous les souverainistes: Front Populaire” – including Alain de Benoist). You won’t find much in the way of detailed writing about French identity, history or even the Great Replacement. There is no theory to rival academic accounts of left populism, of ‘national populist hegemony’, ‘articulating’ antagonisms’, and allying the People behind its Movement. Just slogans and loud words.

This looks like a paying move.

At present there is a confected, complex, row that the former leftist (Après la tribune de Michel Onfray, l’islamo-gauchisme sort les griffes) and Macron supporters have brewed up. It focuses on accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ and ‘islamogauchisme’ in the left alliance NUPES, from a pro-Palestinian parliamentary motion from the Communists, to linking La France insoumise to, amongst other targets, Jeremy Corbyn.

The RN have just sat back and applauded the attack on the left. (Accusée d’antisémitisme par le gouvernement, la gauche quitte l’Assemblée. 2.8.22)

Instead the far-right’s focus is on the cost of living:

Paul Smith, a professor of French politics at Nottingham University: “RN has to think about the big slice of its electorate that’s working-class; they’re precisely the sort of people that need help with the cost of living crisis.” 

But strategic calculation also prompted RN to back the bill, Smith went on: “From Le Pen’s point of view it’s all about being a model pupil,” he said. “The process of going from de-diabolisation to normalisation is all about making a party with no parliamentary story really – when they got 35 MPs elected in 1986, the party’s previous record, they were always marginalised – into a serious party.  

“This is the long game Le Pen is playing, looking ahead to the 2027 presidential elections,” Smith continued. “It’s not just about looking normal; it’s about looking grown-up. That’s what’s needed to win over other [more moderate] parts of the electorate.” 

But the RN’s old alliances still come back.

Franck Petiteville. Opinion. Libération. 4.8.22.

During a press conference on August the 2nd held at the National Assembly, Marine Le Pen attacked the European sanctions adopted against Putin’s Russia since the start of the conflict. These sanctions, according to her, “serve strictly no purpose, and only make the European peoples suffer and, as it happens the French people”. On June 1, she had already deplored the “cataclysmic consequences on the French cost of living” of the European sanctions taken against Russia.

Marine Le Pen, le retour de la complaisance avec le régime de Poutine.

Written by Andrew Coates

August 4, 2022 at 4:57 pm