Sunday, September 26, 2004

Thugs seek legitimacy

The National Front wants to start "security patrols" in low income neighbourhoods. To "protect the elderly", of course - it's nothing to do with them looking for people to beat up and intimidate while cloaked in authority, oh no.

Those who pay attention to my CBIP will have noticed that I'm reading Kevin Passmore's Fascism: A Very Short Introduction at the moment. According to Passmore, one of the defining characteristics of fascism is that it embraces paramilitary violence and vigilantism in pursuit of its objectives. Historically, fascist parties have sought to legitimise this by having their paramilitary wings (such as the SA, SS and Blackshirts) take over some or all of the functions of the police. Our own National Front seems to be no different.