The Weaponization of the Term "Far Right"

Economist Thomas Sowell once said that the word ‘racism’ is like ketchup: it can be put on practically anything. Today, since Robin DiAngelo et al have decided that all white people are racist, it could be argued that the word has lost some of its power; if we’re all racist, then calling us just that isn’t particularly effective. And if we’re all unconsciously racist, perhaps we’re all victims, and thus should be the target of sympathy, not anger. Or not: Ms. DiAngelo’s and her anti-racist disciples’ claptrap has been brilliantly taken apart by the esteemed linguist and author John McWhorter.

But the term far right hasn’t been watered down nearly as much as the ‘r’ word. And when most people hear far right, they likely think of Nazi flags, white supremacists, ultranationalists, etc. So, if you are eager to wound an individual’s or a group’s reputation, the term is most certainly a useful one.

Indeed, like its close cousin – the neologism ‘alt right’ – far right has become an effective tool for those in the media and politics, used to discredit and smear people who they consider a threat, or with whom they merely disagree. A recent example of this is the anti-lockdown protests that took place in Dublin, Ireland on February 27, 2021.

Dublin Drama

Reports have varied, but anywhere from 400 to 4,000 people took to the streets of Dublin to demonstrate against what have been considered the most draconian lockdowns in Europe. This third Irish lockdown has been enforced since late December and may last until June. When one reckless individual at the protest decided to point fireworks at the Irish police (An Garda Síochána, or ‘the Guards’), unfortunately further violence broke out. Predictably, the ugly scenes that followed dominated the news headlines, rather than the core issue: people protesting against their de facto mass incarceration, and the collateral damage caused by continual lockdowns.

Papers pounced, using loaded language like “anti-lockdown protesters stormed Dublin city centre.” One elected Irish official referred to the protest as a ‘riot’. And the always-effective smear would soon be utilized, too. Extra.ie proclaimed “far right thugs attacked frontline Gardai policing an illegal protest.” The Irish Mirror declared “far right anti-lockdown protesters thronged the city flouting Covid-19 restrictions.”

How reporters managed to sit down with protesters and learn about their respective political leanings is not only incredibly admirable – it is journalism of the highest standard. Of course, these journalists did no such thing. Were some of those in attendance right wing? Yes. That a) doesn’t necessarily make them far right, and b) doesn’t warrant labelling the protest a ‘far-right demonstration’ like some Irish politicians have. A significant number of Irish citizens decided to stand up and speak out against what is widely considered a cruel lockdown. That doesn’t make all of them extremists. Quite the opposite: it is likely that many are desperate and feel that protesting is their only option….[     ]

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wale
2 months ago

How often have you seen the term ‘far left’ in the MSM?

Direct Link
2 months ago

I use the term libturd all the time but I can’t find a definition for it.

final frontier
2 months ago

There was nothing “right” or “far right” about Nazi Germany. Nazism fell directly out of National Socialism. How the hell has the current narrative been able to get away with this rewrite of history?

The order of regression went something like this: the socialists during the 20s and early 30s basically put private property on trial and largely paved the way for the easy mental transition to National socialism. 

From there, to justify the enslavement , the party of brutality was established. And it was easy. The Nazis picked a narrative that all of Germany could get behind. The Treaty of Versailles which crippled German economic independence and prosperity became the Nazis dog whistle and rally cry that crushed National socialism almost overnight.

Hitler stole the collective consciousness of Germany and he did so using collectivity concepts such as race and intelligence and zero tolerance. Individualism (what was left of it), was completely usurped by these collective aspirations of greatness and by the brutality it responded with to anybody who wasn’t sure.

Totalitarianism falls out of the socialist utopian dream because socialism can never be a voluntary arrangement.

Nazism, therefore, is far left.

Me Too
2 months ago

The MSM is now calling any protest involving the critical thought required to protect the US Constitution as “Far Right”

40 years ago, the precise, exact same protests, based on the exact same issues, were called “Radical Left” by the media.

It’s a purposely stupid and vague delineation (based upon French revolution parliament) designed to distract you from the power-consolidating puppet masters.

infinity
2 months ago

I call ‘liberals’ ‘fascists’ and I call neocons (Trotskyite) ‘communists’. The definitions fit.

Copperz
2 months ago

The so called “far right” is middle America, policies of Eisenhower, Truman, J. Kennedy, Reagan, Trump.

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RV
2 months ago

Wear it as a badge. 

I’m far right. I pay taxes. I have a family. I’m responsible. I’m educated. I make good money. I’m far right.

American
2 months ago

The real right is classical liberalism. Jeffersonian liberal.

WTF
WTF
2 months ago

Translating Globalist/Democrat:

Far Right = Anyone to the Right of Karl Marx

Uhm
Uhm
2 months ago

Fascism is far left. Read the fascist manifest that Mussolini wrote it is a Democrats wet dream. Matter of fact here it is in all its leftist glory:

Translated text of the “Fascist Manifesto”

Italians! Here is the program of a genuinely Italian movement. It is revolutionary because it is anti-dogmatic, strongly innovative and against prejudice.

For the political problem: We demand:

a) Universal suffrage polled on a regional basis, with proportional representation and voting and electoral office eligibility for women.

b) A minimum age for the voting electorate of 18 years; that for the office holders at 25 years.

c) The abolition of the Senate.

d) The convocation of a National Assembly for a three-years duration, for which its primary responsibility will be to form a constitution of the State.

e) The formation of a National Council of experts for labor, for industry, for transportation, for the public health, for communications, etc. Selections to be made from the collective professionals or of tradesmen with legislative powers, and elected directly to a General Commission with ministerial powers.

For the social problems: We demand:

a) The quick enactment of a law of the State that sanctions an eight-hour workday for all workers.

b) A minimum wage.

c) The participation of workers’ representatives in the functions of industry commissions.

d) To show the same confidence in the labor unions (that prove to be technically and morally worthy) as is given to industry executives or public servants.

e) The rapid and complete systemization of the railways and of all the transport industries.

f) A necessary modification of the insurance laws to invalidate the minimum retirement age; we propose to lower it from 65 to 55 years of age.

For the military problem: We demand:

a) The institution of a national militia with a short period of service for training and exclusively defensive responsibilities.

b) The nationalization of all the arms and explosives factories.

c) A national policy intended to peacefully further the Italian national culture in the world.

For the financial problem: We demand:

a) A strong progressive tax on capital that will truly expropriate a portion of all wealth.

b) The seizure of all the possessions of the religious congregations and the abolition of all the bishoprics, which constitute an enormous liability on the Nation and on the privileges of the poor.

c) The revision of all military contracts and the seizure of 85 percent of the profits therein.

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