(It’s a depressing subject so have a cute picture of my cat)
1 Trump is a serious candidate for the US President.
I don’t think I really need to add anything to this point. That a virulently racist populist bigot could be taken in anyways seriously is a massive indication of just how far and wide the new nazification has spread in the world. In the past, when I was very young and stupidly idealistic, I used to wonder how the German people could have fallen for an obviously hateful person like Hitler. The only explanation appeared to be that there was something wrong with them too. But the likes of Trump and Marie Le Pen put that myth to bed. Given the right circumstances, any people anywhere can succumb to hate, exploitation and manipulation. As we shall see below.
2 Merkel is seen as a humanitarian
This absolutely beggars belief to me. She has spent the past five years ensuring that crisis riddled Greece never freaking recovers and she has laid the blame for the worst refugee crisis since the Nazis last held sway on the world on the EZ’s most crisis ridden country when it was she, and she alone, that precipitated much of the worst excesses of the current situation by 1) ignoring the whole shitstorm for five years because she was kicking the shit out of Greece and 2) making a statement that basically turned a crisis into a full blown utter disaster by encouraging desperate people to risk all to reach Europe.
3 Refugees are not seen as human beings
The language used by politicians, many journalists and scores of people when talking about the refugees from the Middle East is utterly dehumanizing. That a mainstream newspaper columnist can refer to them as ‘cockroaches’ and hope they drown and neither lose her job nor be prosecuted for incitement to racial hatred shows just how far public discourse has fallen. Politicians deliberately use adjectives like tide and swarm in order to promote fear and hatred. It works. The anti-refugee sentiment is so virulent that neo Nazis going on the rampage against refugees is seen as understandable and even laudable – they are only protecting ‘our’ culture… right?
4 Removing property and belongings from refugees in order to pay their way.
Some of the richest countries in the world – Switzerland, Denmark, Germany have instigated a policy of removing valuables and money from refugees in order to pay their way. A large number of people seem to think this is fair. That those who have lost everything they own should have their very last valuables confiscated by force is EXACTLY what the Nazis did. Yet people accept it as right.
Does no one see that this is a way to force refugees into working for slave wages too?
5 Refugee Branding
Refugees and other asylum seekers are being forced to have markers that distinguish them as refugees or asylum seekers. Whether it’s making them all have red doors or wear rubber bracelets, they are being marked out as separate from others in society in ways that are obvious and noticeable. The private companies in charge of the contracts to feed and house refugees can claim all they like that it was for simple bureaucratic reasons that these policies were put in place and not a desire to create a ‘badge’ of distinction. But it shows just how dehumanised refugees are when people can’t even make the connection between noticeably branding refugees and Nazi policy!
6 Blaming the refugee crisis on Greece.
The most crisis riddled country in the EU, the one that has single-handedly and with very little support from anyone, had to cope with a massive influx of refugees in an unprecedented crisis is threatened with punishment and the expulsion from Schengen for not sorting it all out, while the fat bastards in Brussels play tiddly winks. And this is accepted as reasonable
7 Nazi loving Erdogan’s Turkey gets showered in money and praise.
You can be pretty much an out an out fascist, implicated in homegrown terrorism, the funding of Isis, atrocities against Kurds and have an abysmal human rights record but the EU will kiss your arse, sing your praises, throw tons of dosh at you and promise you EU membership while you merrily make a mint smuggling desperate Syrians into Greece in boats made for drowning people.
8 Cities can be put in complete lock down
Without a peep form the press or anyone. All it takes is for the govt of Germany or Belgium is to mention some nebulous threat as ‘credible’ and they can entirely lock down a city without a freaking ‘hang on?’ from anyone anywhere. Apparently, ‘security’ is such a major issue that all rights, movement and business can cease to function, on order, with immediate effect and no need to prove afterwards that there was any credible reason to do so. As if shutting a city down will protect against security threats. Hello morons, you are being trained to obey.
9 Use sexual threat to incite hatred.
Just as the Klan did in the Southern states, if you want to incite racial hatred and get everyone enjoying a good lynching, just say that ‘they’, the ‘other’, are sexually attacking ‘our’ women. I don’t doubt that there have been many sexual attacks on women all over Europe every single damned day. But why is it that only one type, a type that is by definition entirely a tiny minority of sexual attacks, makes the front page? Hhhhmm?
10 Racist comments from EU leaders are supported.
It’s not only Trump who can get away with and be lauded for downright bigotry and racism. Try the leaders of Czechia, Slovakia, Finland, Poland and Hungary to name a few. Lord knows why anyone would want to incite racial hatred in Balkan countries or stir up nationalistic feeling by bullying poor little countries. No historical precedents there.