“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Closer Than You’d Think

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Years ago if you wanted to study the Far Right, neo-Nazis or Jew haters it was difficult, you had to purchase, preferably indirectly, their literature and look out for the recurring genocidal themes and expressions of hatred, along came the Internet.

The web made it much easier, scanning newsgroups was a piece of cake, and if you have the stomach you could even visit their web sites, although the spectacle of swastikas and Nazi paraphernalia normally limited such trips, unless your stomach was particularly strong.

But time moves on and so does the Far Right, instead of trawling disgusting web sites their ideas are closer to home, at the Guardian’s Comment is Free.

Such a change isn’t to be welcomed but it is noticeable, and more so when Guardian readers have to express a degree of empathy with the victims of Nazi persecution.

You might suppose that the Guardian as a liberal newspaper, with a largely liberal and university educated readership would be the last place that you would find excessive levels of anti-Jewish racism, nevertheless that is the case, as a recent article by Stephen Smith on the Holocaust indicates.

The comment boxes at CiF are littered with racist filth and barely concealed Far Right sentiments.

So sadly studying Jew haters and Far Right nutters is easier than it ever was, and closer to home, than you’d think.

Written by modernityblog

28/01/2008 at 13:58

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Ach… I am in rather cynical mood today, so – what else is new? I still remember that year or so I wasted in that cesspool named CiF. Bleh…


    03/02/2008 at 16:39

  2. yeah, but a lot of people are still in denial about Cif


    03/02/2008 at 21:17

  3. Hey, you forgot Indymedia! It used a be a left-wing site as well. But after the terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001 it was flooded with anti-Semitic material from the radical right and left.

    I place CiF in more or less the same boat, at least the comments section. The articles are generally better than anything on Indy but the comments are just about identical.


    17/02/2008 at 14:50

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