Peter Hatcher at “The Sidney Morning Herald” has an editorial post titled Poll shock as Swiss vote to slam the door shut dealing with the recent vote in Switzerland to curtail immigration.
So it seemed unlikely the Swiss would vote to put new limits on their country’s immigration intake in the referendum held at the weekend. The opinion polls concurred – surveys showed most Swiss opposed the idea of putting a cap on annual immigration numbers.
But the surprise result late on Sunday was the slimmest of majorities in favour. By 50.3 per cent, the Swiss voted to impose an annual limit.
The government, however reluctantly, will be obliged to implement the policy advocated by the far-right Swiss People’s Party. The policy itself is not an extreme one – it simply means Switzerland can exercise the traditional sovereign right to limit its immigration intake, which is about 80,000 a year in a country of 8 million.
In a nutshell, despite whatever the polls said or wanted people to believe, Swiss voters, by a slim margin I admit, in a referendum on the subject, decided they would prefer some restrictions on immigration, and that’s being sold as a huge upset. The author is concerned with the impact this vote will have on the relationship between Switzerland and the EU, which up until now had an agreement that allowed people to move freely between the two, despite the fact that Switzerland is not an EU member (smart on their part I say), especially in the economic arena. He foresees some kind of retaliatory strategy from the EU, and I would tend to agree that the hoity-toity bureaucrats in Brussels would respond exactly like that. But that’s not my beef with the article, and my focus is elsewhere.
The author also is worried about the repercussion of this referendum’s success and the implication for similar movements in other EU countries, expecting voters there to be galvanized by this victory for what he coins as “the far-right Swiss” movement, and that’s where I disagree with the article. First off, there are no far-right movements in Europe. That concept is ludicrous. Europe has become a collectivist cesspool, and anything that doesn’t involve a massive government bureaucracy that controls all aspect of life, completely in opposition of what the real movement on the right believes in because it stifles individualism, dignity, and freedom,, has about zero chance of existing there. Big, all controlling, government are the only political entities that exists. Some are labeled as far right, by people that either bought into or want to propagate the left’s myth that fascism is not just another socialist disease, like communism. It plays well to revive those fears of fascism as motivation for whatever the leviathan nanny state leftists want to oppose. Don’t take my word for this: here is the author of this post making the point:
Third, this event will energise far-right parties across Europe in the approach to elections for the European Parliament, due in three months.
The echoes of Europe’s grim history of the early 20th century, during which economic downturn led to the rise of fascism, always intensify in times of economic hardship.
Get it? Far-right movements are shadow fascism. That’s pure and simple bullshit. As I already mentioned, there are no far-right – in the traditional sense of what the right really stands for – in Europe. What these people coin as far-right is anything but. The fact remains that fascism is another spawn of the socialist movement. It’s communism’s brother, and only has a bad reputation because the old left liked the idea of communism, where the few oligarchs or single dictator running the show controls and owns everything, while pretending that property belongs to the people through the state, more. Today’s left is far more enamored of the incestuous relationship between an all controlling state that picks winners and losers, in the name of idiotic concepts like “social justice” or other such pap, and those elements in the private sector that the state approves of.
That relationship between the state and the private sector is one of the key components of fascism and was part and parcel of Mussolini’s Italy or Hitler’s Germany. It’s pervasive through what we would label the modern Western nation, but they go out of their way to pretend they are not engaged in it. The left has pretended because they no longer pay homage to the whole nationalist component of old fascism, which is what they used to brand fascism as a right wing phenomenon, that they are not engaged in fascist behavior. So far-right parties in the EU are labeled as the only fascist movement, because one can say they have more of that nationalist component. These big government movements are all fascistic, whether they are nationalistic in nature or otherwise, and we should put an end to the abuse by those that want to pretend otherwise so they can keep people freaked out about their opposition. Soft fascism is fascism. Let’s quit kidding ourselves that it is otherwise. And no entity is a bigger example of this fascism at work than the all-encompassing and pervasive EU bureaucracy with the possible exception of the lawless Obama administration in the US.
Quit the scare mongering about fascism. We are already living under a version of it, and sooner than later it will show us its ugly side, so let us stop pretending otherwise. This shit ain’t far-right anything either: it’s just another incarnation of collectivism.