Did we just get trolled by the alt-right?
The speed with which these crypto-fascsists rolled over as soon as Phil made his righteous call on banning them from a publicly funded venue suggests that this was always a marketing tool by the alt-right rather than a serious debate over the freedom of speech.
And we walked right into it.
I support Phil’s political leadership by banning these clowns from a publicly funded space, I wouldn’t want ISIS recruitment seminars in the Town Hall, KKK monthly meet & greet munch minglers in Council Chambers or the Man Boy Love Association annual jamboree sing alongs at Silo Park either, but I also support these crypto-fascists being allowed to speak at a private venue, just as I also support turning up to protest them at that private venue.
I believe the best way to combat these people is to stand and debate our values because you don’t beat protoNazi’s from trigger free safe spaces with built in emotional support peacock petting zones.
Comrades – again, debating crypto-fascists is NOT about turning them, it is about stopping them recruiting our fellow citizens.
The economic shock waves of the next global financial collapse feed the far right narrative, if you think this debate is going away, you are wrong.
This isn’t about platforming their vile rhetoric, it is about denouncing it – and talking and arguing is far fucking preferable than political violence in the streets.
We aid their cause when we repress their voice rather than convince others their voice is wrong.
Since when were we on the Left such intellectual cowards? We, and the progressive liberal democracy we call home, deserve better champions for our values than punch Nazis in the face cheerleaders who celebrate restricting freedom of speech.
We are better than this.