Phillip Blond

Weird or what?

Blond is a man for big ideas, sweeping statements and the grand historical overview. His key selling point is the way he bundles together the unexpected: a passion for social justice alongside an instinctive social conservatism.

We\’ve a word for that combination: facism.

Either Franco or Salazar would have been delighted to lay claim to the two.

Weird that those who\’ve been screaming at the neoliberals for decades about purported facism cannot recognise real fascism when it comes up and bites them on the bum.

7 thoughts on “Phillip Blond”

  1. (he even bravely references Enoch Powell although quickly dissociates himself from the racism)

    Apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

  2. But Tim Fascism is evil, whereas the Nice Mr Blond is caring and cuddly…..

    This is the end result of the abuse of the word fascist to mean, “one who doesn’t agree with you”, which has obscured the nature of the real thing.

    It is also the result of automatically thinking of Hitler, when the word Fascist is used. Its like considering Burj Khalifa to be the default example of a building. Its a building to be sure, but an extreme version of one.

    In most examples, racism has only been a small part of the mix, not the driving force.

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  4. Though, from a history of political thought/political theory PoV your claim that social justice + social conservatism = fascism is manifestly silly.

    Fascism is (very roughly) the view of the state as synonymous with society such that the two become essentially conjoined in an organic whole, which can be directed only by firm, authoritarian centralised leadership (think: the brain controlling the body) which requires unchecked undivided power in the form of a dictator decreeing what is good for society, on whatever metric or measure that leader wishes to opt for.

    “social justice” need not get anywhere near the picture – after all, there wasn’t a lot of that kicking around Italy in the 1920s-30s or Germany from ’33-45.

  5. Depends on how you define “social justice”. If you take it as something like “a fair go for the working man” [as long as he’s white, Christian, local-born], that was a major part of both parties’ ideology. See also: the BNP.

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