The far right, the cuts, and what to do about it
So, in the aftermath of the whole Norway thing, there’s a lot of people talking about how awful the far right are, the misguided opinions of the EDL, and how these people are just _wrong_.
Well, yes, but there’s more to it than that. There are currently a lot of people in this country who are priced out of education, who look around their towns and cities and see no jobs. They see their friends working hard, they see children whose clothes don’t fit. They see parents going hungry so their children can eat, and sleeping on sofas because they can’t afford a bigger house, and Jake and Sarah can’t share a room now they’re teenagers.
And they see weekly, sometimes daily, news stories about apparently extravagant state support for other people, and moral panic about immigration.
The left needs to engage with these people. Their concerns are legitimate. I can’t currently link to other blog posts, cos I’m on my phone, but there have been various people much cleverer than me talking about a couple of things which are relevant here; the need for better and clearer literature about the causes of the current economic situation, about how that affects individuals (economics is hard – some simple primers would be useful), who is really responsible, and most importantly, what we can do about it.
It is very tempting to dismiss everyone who sympathises with the EDL and it’s related organisation, tempting, but unproductive and maybe even damaging. We would do far better to try and recruit them. We can offer a far more accurate explaination of the reasons for their current situation – one many of us share – and a more productive and friendly response.
Or, y’know, we could carry on letting the politicians/bankers/police/right wing press whup our asses with their current individualist divide and conquer strategy.