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Authoritarianism is the enemy – whether from the neolibs or the alt-rights

Monday, November 14, 2016 3:44
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Trump's victory has shocked and stunned neo-libs everywhere. So firmly do they believe they are the clever, wise people with the right answers that they simply cannot credit the US with not voting their candidate into office. But this is what happens to zealots and authoritarians when people reject them; we saw it in the fall of Communism, and before that in revolutions that deposed autocratic monarchs. I think it likely that the last Tsar, the Shah of Iran, Ceausescu, Louis XVI, Hillary Clinton and Erich Honecker all had the same expressions on their face as realisation dawned. The common thread that runs through all is the deposition of authoritarian rulers by folk seeking greater participative democracy. But that not how it looks right now.

For the defeated neo-libs, the issues are still around gender, sexual and trans rights, race awareness, cultural appropriation, safe spaces and no-platforming anyone they disagree with. Neolibs are illiberal and authoritarian, a dangerous minority determined to impose their own views on everyone else. And they've taken a kicking.

The enemy of the neolibs have been described as the alt-rights. They too are authoritarian gumboils, and elated by Trump's election success  have started to reveal the terrifying depths of their reaction. Restrict voting to tax-payers, home-owners, gun-holders or the otherwise deserving, they bray; persecute differences, flog gayers. They are also a dangerous minority determined to impose their own views on everyone else. 

Now for those of us caught between these two, we face the dilemma of being termed racists and fascists by the neolibs or leftards and libtards by the alt-right. And this is a poser. For we have to vote with the upsetters of the incumbent authoritarians to secure any change – and to be frank, I'll vote any way to upset incumbent authoritarians of whatever party or political colour. 

The real issues, the most fundamental safeguards that we should all sign up to defend, are just not mentioned by either the neolibs or the alt-rights. Well, I sign up top them, and they're what this blog is really all about. Democracy. Free Speech. Liberty. Universal Suffrage. The Secret Ballot. Universal access to public services. Political accountability. And above all, freedom from authoritarians.

Alt-righters, please be warned.

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