Michael Deacon – 11 March 2023
Calling your opponents ‘fascists’ is not just crass. It’s stupendously lazy and boring.
…For decades now, our history curriculum has been dominated by the Second World War. There are of course good reasons for that. It’s an extremely important period. But this constant focus on it has had one downside. Which is that, whenever progressives want to smear their political opponents by likening them to monsters from the past, the only ones they can ever think of are the Nazis.
They liken US Republicans to the Nazis. They liken gender-critical feminists to the Nazis. And right now they’re likening Rishi Sunak’s Government to the Nazis. Practically everyone who dares disagree with them reminds them of the Nazis.
Or so they claim. Personally, though, I’m not convinced they believe it. I think the reason they always call their opponents Nazis is that it’s the only historical reference point they’ve got. It’s all they can remember learning at school. Nazis, Nazis, Nazis….