Geert Wilders, The Australian, free speech and my unpublished letters
The Australian has been promoting the racist Geert Wilders as a man of peace and respectability and using the hoary old free speech argument to justify his racist rantings.
This is part of The Australian’s agenda – to nurture and encourage the extreme right in case big business needs a battering ram to smash workers’ unions and their mass political parties to drive down living standards and restore profitability.
Pandering to Wilders under the guise of ‘free speech’ is part of that tactic of building up the strong man in reserve if needed.
So have you noticed any letters in the Australian critical of the racist Wilders? Any articles attacking him for what he is – a member of the extreme right? No. I tried. I sent 3 letters to the editor, not in any expectation of publication because when it comes to free speech Rupert holds all the cards, not me. Free speech in Australia is for the billionaires and those who agree with them or fit into their agenda.
Letter 1 18 February
It is no surprise that The Australian – the 2013 version of Le Figaro in the early 1940s – gives space to the fascist Geert Wilders in it pages. The relationship between big business and fascism is often close, especially during times of economic and consequent political turmoil.
Nurturing fascism enables the ruling elite to unleash its Nazi attack dogs on workers and their political and industrial organs in times of deep economic crisis to drive down workers living standards and so restore profit rates.
So The Australian’s mollycoddling of this fascist has to be seen for what it is – an insurance policy for big business for the future if fascism is needed to destroy the Left in all its forms. Having imprisoned and killed the organised defenders of the working class the fascists can then cut wages and social spending markedly.
History is repeating. The economic crisis in Europe is seeing the rise of racist and fascist groups across the continent. The rise of the fascist Golden Dawn in Greece is but one case in point.
Wilders racism is a convenient tool for helping both attract support from sections of the middle class in decline and backward sections of the working class. He blames ‘other’ peoples rather than capital for the problems of capitalism. This is just the message big businesses like News benefit from spreading.
Letter 2 19 February
Geert Wilders is a racist and a fascist. How appropriate that The Australian gives him so much space.
The letters editor responded to my short outburst on 19 February with:
I’m sure you can do better that (sic) this
I replied : I did, in a previous letter but since you didn’t print it maybe length was an issue. Hence my short one this time.
Letter 3 20 February
After reading your editorial praising Wilders and re-reading his recent article in your august journal of record, I decided to replace the word Islam in Wilders’ piece with Judaism and other variants. Here is how some of Wilders’ article reads with that change.
‘Europe is going through a Judaification process which makes our continent less free and less safe. …. Judaism, rather than a religion, is a totalitarian political ideology.’
Sound familiar? Of course any ‘respectable’ politician who uttered such filth would rightly be branded a racist with fascist tendencies. Why then is it OK in the eyes of The Australian to attack Islam in terms redolent of the Nazis?
Could it be because this oh so respectable man is garnering the forces of the extreme right in preparation for a rerun of the 30s. The idea of ‘the other’ in this case resonates with the downwardly mobile middle classes and backward sections of the working class – the very social groups Hitler appealed to before winning the support of big business – is no longer Jews but is now becoming Muslims? The ultimate beneficiaries of this trend to fascism would not be the backward racists but big business.
It is important to protest against Wilders and his filth to help stop history repeating. If that makes me an extremist as you call people like me in exercising our right to protest and speak out against racism and in defence of Muslim Australians then so be it. It is a badge of honour.
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