My reaction to UKIP‘s success and victories of the far-right across Europe was mirrored nicely yesterday by Occupy London, probably good I waited to share it as I might be able to unleash a torrent of expletives on facebook but God knows who might stumble across my blog. And before anybody pipes up, the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), the United Left (Izquierda Unida), et al are little consolation. Advances by the left were, mostly, seen in the smaller EU states or by parties near the political centre.
Germany will be electing their first Nazi representative since the Second World War and the Front National, who require no introduction, wiped the floor with the centrist/leftist parties in France. Similar groupings to the NF did as well, or nearly as well, in places such as Austria, Hungary, Denmark, and Greece.
How long will it take for people to realise that attacking immigrants, the unemployed, refugees, or religious and ethnic minorities, take your pick, will not give them back their hope for prosperity?
We’ve been robbed, are being robbed (to an extent never seen before with TTIP and TPP) not by the people who have nothing, but by the people who have everything. As long as we allow these inherently divisive xenophobes, neoliberals, and neo-fascists to rule over us, nothing will change.
BBC News won’t tell our side of the narrative because the very people theGreen Party of England and Wales, The People’s Assembly, and so on are criticising – corporatists and the wealthy elite – also happen to be the mainstream media’s paymasters. The predominantly right-wing media will blame European immigrants and the vulnerable of all shades because they have to blame somebody, clearly, for what’s happening. But can we really be surprised they won’t level blame at the real culprits?
My Dutch Jewish grandmother barely made it through the occupation, and not everybody else in her family was so lucky. In a sense I’m a survivor, nearly unborn, so I must ask myself … does Europe need to survive another wave of this hatred? Its object may change, Muslims and migrants, rather than Jews and gypsies, but the end is always the same: pain. Until all are free no one ever will be, and, like the oppressed, the oppressor must suffer.
“I don’t believe it’s possible to be neutral. The world is already moving in certain directions. And to be neutral, to be passive, in a situation like that, is to collaborate with what is going on. And I, as a teacher, don’t want to be a collaborator.” – Howard Zinn (You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train)