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Archive for September 4th, 2009

Underestimating Neo-Fascism.

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I think in Europe and Britain we often underestimate the growth and, more importantly, the potential impact of neo-fascism on wider society, not just in the realm of politics.

The events unfolding in Hungary and the growth of the neo-fascists should be salutary lessons for the rest of us, but I suspect that won’t be the case.

Update: In the Ukraine more antisemitism.

The BBC, License Fee and Racism.

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Apparently Lord Reith set high standards at the BBC, from wearing peculiar evening dress whilst delivering the news on the radio to more recently a diversity of news coverage, which is said to be the envy of many national broadcasting services.

The BBC has been renowned for producing intelligent, provocative and questioning documentaries.

Part of its remit was educational, to improve the minds of its listeners and later on interviews.

So it is all the more shocking that bits of the BBC empire are used by racists to push their propaganda.

It is a fairly common practice as members of the Far Right and neo-Nazis use modern technology to disseminate their views, and part of that, is posting on message forum such as 5Live.

This is a sample:

“Message 4 – posted by Brandon (U11763530) , Yesterday
//This is good news – it sends a message that inciting hatred by spreading lies//

No-one knows how many Jews died in the Holocaust.Sticking rigidly to a figure of six million is the lie.”

“Message 12 – posted by Brandon (U11763530) , Yesterday
//If you insist an exact figure which is wrong then you are lying.//

“Not true.

It’s only a lie if I KNOW the figure is wrong.”

Well we know the figure for Jewish deaths is not exactly six million so it’s a lie to say it is.”

“Message 24 – posted by Brandon (U11763530) , Yesterday
//In which countries does the law require people to agree that precisely 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust?//

If you go under you’re in serious bother in quite a few countries.From my recollection the number has gone from 3 million-odd to anything up to 12 million.Some have even suggested counting the unborn children that the Holocaust victims would have had if they had not been killed. “

“Message 27 – posted by Brandon (U11763530) , Yesterday
//No but when you make idiotic statements it just gives others on here more ammunition. //

You write your posts and I’ll write mine.If you want to appease the Islamophobes on here that’s your business.I just tell the truth.On this topic there is considerable doubt that the number of Jewish holocaust victims was actually as high as six million.Incidentally the Holocaust would be of no interest to Muslims but for the fact that it led to the creation of Israel.”

“Message 79 – posted by Brandon (U11763530) , 14 Hours Ago
//Brandon you yourself said that you had heard estimates ranging from 3-12 million.//

We don’t have Holocaust denial laws in the UK.Nor do the Americans.

//Have any of the people who made those estimates been prosecuted?//

I dunno.There haven’t been that many prosecutions in total.What number did David Irving come up with?

I think the tone and nature of Brandon’s views are clear.

The BBC is complicit in this articulation of anti-Jewish racism, not because it does it itself, but rather it does little to curb it. Their in-house rules say:

“We reserve the right to fail messages which

* Are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others
* Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable
* Contain swear words or other language likely to offend
* Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court.
* Advertise products or services for profit or gain
* Are seen to impersonate someone else
* Include contact details such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses
* Are written in anything other than English – Welsh and Gaelic may be used where marked
* Contain links to other websites which break our Editorial Guidelines
* Describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others
* Are considered to be ‘spam’, that is posts containing the same. or similar, message posted multiple times
* Are considered to be off-topic for the particular message board”

As Burke once argued “It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph”

Time for the BBC to act, or be reminded of its inaction when faced with the rise of anti-Jewish racism and Holocaust denial.

(H/T: Arfur)

Written by modernityblog

04/09/2009 at 02:35