creeping fascism – another sighting
I’m in the midst of reading Chris Hedges “Death of the Liberal Class” and all his proofs about how we are entering an early 1920’s Weimar era-type growth of fascist political thinking and support.
Hedges, and a great many others, point out that the great liberal experiment has come to an end – and we are again moving into an era of the dark and the gruesome. We are moving towards an era where our support of human rights for all is being replaced by the primal needs to the tribe.
Hedges also notes that openly fascist politicians don’t just suddenly appear on the scene, but only manifest themselves when society’s collective rage dredges them up from the depths of hell.
And like fruit-flies in fall, they grow and multiply whenever the economy, of a location or a country, goes into the tank.
May I present as evidence: Greece; France; Italy; Spain; America.
That’s why fascist political parties are becoming increasingly popular right now in Greece, and the north of France (to mention only two places in Europe where fascism is currently on the rise). Obama has signed bills allowing for the full-on spying of American citizens, and bills which allow the government to arrest anyone anywhere at any time. And they can be arrested without cause, or charges.
Nor are we immune here in little ole’ peace-loving Canada.
We have our own “creeping fascism” happening and this weekend we got yet another fine example of it.
The federal Conservative Government, who are responsible for prisons, declared that from now on it will only be Christian chaplains who will be paid for counseling prisoners. Rabbis, Imans, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindu’s, and Pagans need no longer apply.
from now on there will only be Christian prison chaplains.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who is responsible for prisons, said today that Christian chaplains can, in fact, very easily minister to all faiths in the prison system, regardless of religion.
And further, in his view, he didn’t think using ministers from other religions “was an appropriate use of taxpayers dollars”.
(Sidebar: I love that matters of religion, at least in this case, is the responsibility of the Minister of “Public Safety”. …a great Orwellian metaphor if ever there was one…)
At least the Harper Conservatives don’t try to bullshit me with rhetoric. They tell it like it is. What you see is what you get.
In effect they are saying what I have heard many times by more Canadians than we want to think exist in this country. “Why the hell should I (Christian) be paying for jews and towel-head chaplains? In fact, why am I paying for immigrant prisoners at all? They should just be deported. Christians need to take back their country!”
Harper knows this is the feeling amongst his supporters, and he believes he has enough support from the mainstream public for cutting the services of non-Christian chaplains. He is again betting that this won’t create much of a political stir for him.
Last week the Conservatives tried to re-open the abortion debate. They have previously tried to imply that most immigrants are here illegally. They have put people in prison who have never been charged with a crime.
Fascism doesn’t just appear one morning in some political coup.
It grows like a vine up a tree.
Like a creeping weed that finally chokes out your garden…