Demographic Dangers & Declining Birth Rates, Part Three: Demonising Migrants & Refugees.
Much of the rhetoric that demonises refugees & migrants originates in Russia. But some of the mud they are slinging is sticking, & all across Europe & the United States those fleeing war, chaos, poverty & political uncertainty are being demonised for their race, religion or just their precarious, unknown futures.
Peddling the fantasy…whatever the flavour, whoever the victim, racism is racism no matter how you present it! And migrants are first amongst victims…
Ur-Fascism grows up and seeks for consensus by exploiting and exacerbating the natural ‘fear of difference.’ The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.
Umberto Eco, Ur-Fascism, 1995.
“Antisemitism (not merely the hatred of Jews), imperialism (not merely conquest), totalitarianism (not merely dictatorship) — one after the other, one more brutally than the other, have demonstrated that human dignity needs a new guarantee which can be found only in a new political principle, in a new law on earth, whose validity this time must comprehend the whole of humanity while its’ power must remain strictly limited, rooted in and controlled by newly defined territorial entities.”
Hannah Arendt (1).
Fascist politics often jumbles up notions of equality and discrimination (2), turning them at one point inside out, and the next upside down until the reasons we ‘hate’ someone, or someones, become almost irrelevant. Just the fact of their being different is enough to rancour…
And why, you ask, does fascism become part of the discussion vis-a-vis refugees and migrants?
Simple really! The demonisation of refugees, migrants, and those other than ‘us’ is a staple part of the fascist diet (2). Umberto Eco, who lived through the Mussolini years in pre-war and wartime…