The UK has travelled a long way down the road to corporate fascism

What follows is a short excerpt from a terrific article by the cartoonist Gary Barker, detailing the distance the UK has travelled towards corporate fascism.
It’s his opinion but it is highly persuasive and I urge you to visit his site and read the rest of the argument.
Most people associate Fascism with jackboots, secret police and concentration camps, but I would argue there is another more insidious and potentially far more damaging (in the long term) form of Fascism that we are seeing fast developing in the UK.
All Fascist states run and are dependent on the co-operation and willing participation of big business. But I would argue that instead of the traditional Fascist eugenic ideology of the past the driving force behind this new form or totalitarianism is the absolute Corporate State.
In his study: Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism, Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined fascist and found 14 defining characteristics common to each
Using this list to compare where we currently stand in UK
1.\tPowerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
The flag may not have been flown everywhere in the run up to the EU referendum but politicians on the Leave side never missed an opportunity to wave it. And it would now seem all many politicians have to do is wave the flag to make people side with everything they say. From Boris Johnson’s ridiculous zip wire stunt to incorporating the union flag into a reworked Conservative Party logo, there are few opportunities missed to associate the Conservative Party with the national flag and the rhetoric to match. I would add that I have no problem with the display of the nation’s flag wherever people choose to fly it, but it is the cynical exploitation of it by Conservative politicians that I see as the problem.
2.\tDisdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
This is self-evident as Theresa May has long stated that she wanted to scap the 1998 Human Rights Act and will do so shortly. In her recent speech to conference she made reference to stopping ‘left wing human rights lawyers’.
3.\tIdentification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; socialists, etc.
Again, self-evident the government uses the media to scapegoat immigrants, the EU, ‘lefties’. It has got to the point where any voices of opposition to this government are painted almost as an enemies of the state by the media. We even had the Home Secretary, Boris Johnson directing the people of the UK to demonstrate outside the Russian Embassy this week – something I’m sure British Embassy staff in Moscow welcomed with shrieks of ‘delight’.

Source: The Corporate Road to Fascism in the UK – Blog of a reluctant contrarian – Gary Barker Cartoonist

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3 thoughts on “The UK has travelled a long way down the road to corporate fascism

  1. sp4mf15h

    Hmm some very good points but a few rather tenuous connections. Naomi Wolfs 10 steps to fascism is another good interpretation..
    Although I don’t think we need to focus on traits that we share with fascism. So much as show that under capitalism, which is based upon the violent protection of private property, that any variation of this system has inherent authoritarian tendancies which make it extremely easy for fascistic structures to emerge. I would almost say it is an inevitable slide towards such a nasty conclusion. With the only thing stopping that slide being the constant hard work and effort of all the people, seeking to hold back the tide with small acts of kindness and solidarity. But this is all we will ever be doing, sticking plasters on a dam that is about to burst, unless we somehow get change on a significantly fundamental level.

  2. Roland Laycock

    Very true and the Labour Party with its Blairits and Thatcherite help it happen with there greed to be part of the revolving door to a nice paid job and have not one bit of socialism in them

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