This morning I went to the farmers market, the one in South Sacramento. I love going there for more than just the fresh vegetables and brown eggs; I love the wonderful sights and sounds of the many different ethnic groups who both sell and buy there.
The Indian women in their beautiful saris and the Sikh men with their colorful turbans mix with various Asian people, African Americans and Hispanic people as well as those of my ancestry who could probably be called Anglo-Saxon, Celtic or maybe even Normans and/or Picts! Various languages can be heard as the sounds intermingle. And as I listened I couldn’t help thinking of the subject I have been writing about, the British National Party.
This British political party, which is racist, has some traits akin to the Nazis. Their manifesto for the 2005 elections which I wrote about yesterday shows some of the same interests covering such subjects as the celebration of ancient festivals to “proper” architect to hatred for both Marxism and Capitalism. Their Constitution shows their deep roots in totalitarianism.
The Pagan Past: The picture above is from Nazi Culture, by George L Mosse. It is a picture of young women supposedly dressed as Bronze Age women. This kind of activity, including the celebration of ancient Germanic festivals, was encouraged by the Nazis as a means of reinforcing the importance of German Culture. The Asatru groups close to Sacramento not only incorporate such rites and festivals in their own religion they make use of other non-religious Northern European activities. And the BNP is also encouraging building connections to ancient British culture.
Under the sub-title “Art and Culture,” they write, “Schools in England will be encouraged to celebrate May Day and other ancient festivals, whilst the other folk nations of the British Isles will be encouraged to resurrect their ancestral folk traditions.” The document states that those with a “foreign” ethnic background would be encouraged to study their own traditions but this would be in different and non-public schools.
The importance of this link with fascism and Nazism seems trivial but it is not when linked with policies that encourage all ethnic groups but those that are white to leave Britain. It should also be pointed out that while BNP seemingly supports Christianity they are taking very definite measures to link with Britain’s pagan past by celebrating pagan holidays in the schools.
Totalitarianism: The Constitution of the BNP lays out an extreme hierarchical structure for government within the party, with the National Chairman acting as an absolute ruler, including, “Power to determine, and where necessary change, all organizational structures within the party, and to determine all rules and procedures whereby such structures are governed. Also, the National Chairman has, “Power to determine all routine executive, administrative, policy and tactical decisions made by the party.” While there are other countless rules, a Chairman with that kind of authority can change any of them.
Both Capitalism and Marxism as enemy: A constant tirade against both Capitalism and Marxism is characteristic of fascist literature. In an article written in 1932 by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, he constantly fires at both forms of economics lifting up National Socialism as the ideal solution. He writes:
“If a Communist shouts "Down with nationalism!", he means the hypocritical bourgeois patriotism that sees the economy only as a system of slavery. If we make clear to the man of the left that nationalism and capitalism, that is the affirmation of the Fatherland and the misuse of its resources, have nothing to do with each other, indeed that they go together like fire and water, then even as a socialist he will come to affirm the nation, which he will want to conquer.” (Bold Goebbels)
The BNP in their Manifesto does the same, blaming the “problem” of having a multi-cultural society which they see in turn as causing the death of distinctive British languages such as Gaelic and Welsh on Capitalism. They write: The poison is in large measure the blind economic force of global capitalism, with its insistence on the unrestricted flow of goods, capital and labour to wherever in the world they will make the maximum shot-term profit.”
Anti-Semitism: The most telling similarity between Fascism, Nazism and the BNP would be anti-Semitism. While this can be clearly shown in the history of the BNP at the moment it is partially dormant and instead a strong dislike for Islam replaces it.
However it is not completely dormant. In the 2005 Manifesto, toward the end, when writing of Britain’s relationship with the United States and the armed conflicts going on in several countries, the authors write, “We are utterly opposed to attempts by American imperialists, the Zionist lobby, the neo-con movement and the US’s British puppets in the Labour and Tory parties to drag us into a ‘Clash of Civilisations’ with the Islamic world. (Emphasis mine)
The last subject here is important. In a later posting I will detail the history of the BNP and anti-Semitism. Another important issue is the BNP and Christianity. A later posting well also address that subject.
To end this posting, when doing research on Nazism and the BNP I discovered an essay in a book I have owned for quite awhile. It is the book mentioned above, Nazi Culture. The essay was written by Inge Scholl the sister of Sophie Scholl the young woman martyred because of her participation in the Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose. A movie was made about her in 2005. The essay is mostly about the brother Hans who was also martyred.
The essay is about how the brother was at first enthusiastic about Hitler and the Nazi party because he thought it was about loving Germany. He found instead that it was 'only' about loving Germany, and that as one loves an idol.
His sister tells how as an enthusiastic Hitler youth camper he taught the young men he was in charge of folk songs, singing and playing his guitar. The problem? The songs were from many other lands and cultures. He was finally forbidden to do so. He had heard his father call the Nazis wolves and beasts, and in the end he would find that it was true.