Fascism and the Liberal Party

Yesterday I blogged about how Maggie Thatcher had a Panorama documentary spiked because it threatened to reveal that the Conservative party had been infiltrated by the National Front. Thus the programme, ‘Maggie’s Militant Tendency’ was never aired. I also mentioned how various Marxist sects have tried over the years to infiltrate and seize power in the Labour Party.

So that’s two of this country’s three main political parties. What about the third?

Well, we can’t leave the Libdems out of the party, can we?

In the 1980s there was also a scandal in West Germany, when it was revealed that the German Liberals, the Freie Demokraten, had been infiltrated by the Neo-Nazis. The fact that the Nazis would choose to infiltrate the Liberals, rather than the Conservative Christian Democrats doesn’t surprise me. The Nazis saw themselves as neither capitalist nor socialist. They believed they constituted a ‘third way’ in which capitalist industry was harnessed so that it acted ‘socially’. One of their slogans was, ‘Not Left, Not Right, But Forwards!’. As a party that was neither socialist nor Conservative, the Liberals therefore represented an ideologically suitable target for infiltration by the extreme Right. Not that the Christian Democrats in Germany also haven’t suffered similar scandals with revelations of the Nazi past of some of their MPs, such as that which broke out over some of the ‘Northern Lights’, a group of Christian Democrat delegates from the north of Germany, around Schleswig-Holstein. I can also remember reading in one of the Fabian pamphlets how one of the horrific monetarist dictatorships in Central America was actually a member of the world Liberal political grouping, rather than a Conservative political bloc.

I would be tempting, looking at the international Fascist connections to the Liberals, to conclude that this was the reason the party of John Stuart Mill and anti-Apartheid activists has now supported Cameron’s illiberal ‘war on the poor’ and supported profoundly anti-democratic and authoritarian measures such as secret courts. But I simply don’t believe that’s the case.

I think the simple answer is the personal background of Clegg himself, and the corrosive influence of the Chicago School. Clegg is an aristocrat and an ex-public schoolboy. By upbringing he views the lower middle and working classes as drones, who are only there to serve their masters in the haute bourgeoisie and aristocracy. And after Maggie Thatcher’s repeated electoral victories and her espousal of a strong state, the ‘Orange Book’ faction in the Libdems simply took over her economic libertarianism and elitist, militaristic authoritarianism. Neo-Liberalism claims to be a revival of classical economic liberalism. Clegg and his coterie took over this ideology, without paying attention to the fact that classical liberalism had been discredited de facto as the 19th century progressed. Despite the claims of laissez-faire, in fact the 19th century gradually saw the expansion of state regulation and interference. The New Liberalism of the 1880 with its basis in Hegelian collectivism was an attempt to provide an ideological justification for what was already in progress, rather than its beginning. All this, however, was forgotten.

And so we now have a supposedly moderate, centre party, supporting one of the most repressive, oppressive Right-wing regimes in modern British history, and the party of middle class aspiration and Lloyd George’s Limehouse Speech has become the supine accomplice to aristocratic government.

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5 Responses to “Fascism and the Liberal Party”

  1. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    I know the VP readership already considers the Liberal Democrats to be unworthy of attention – every time I write an article about them, readership drops off by about 50 per cent – but this offers an interesting insight into why this supposedly moderate party has become the “supine accomplice to aristocratic government”, supporting “one of the most repressive, oppressive Right-wing regimes in modern British history”.

  2. Paul Smyth Says:

    Reblogged this on The Greater Fool.

  3. beetleypete Says:

    This took me back Beast. I was one of those in a ‘Marxist sect’ trying to infiltrate the Labour Party. Shame we didn’t really, it might have stayed somewhere on the Left if we had.
    As for ‘weasel’ Clegg, you are dead right. He is exactly what is wrong with that party now, and has probably succeeded in destroying it as a political force.
    Great stuff as usual, Mr Rabban. Regards, Pete.

  4. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Says:

    Your two articles on the infiltration of the Conservative Party by Fascists and the position of the Liberal Democrats are interesting. I grew up in Liverpool and one of my earliest memories is of the disrepute which the Labour Party’sMilitant Tendency brought upon that great city.
    In the 1980’s I recollect reading an article about Tory Action. I also recollect reading “The Aims of the Conservative and Unionist Monday Club” who, amongst other policies advocated the repeal of the Race Relations Acts and the “voluntary” repatriation of non-white “immigrants”. As you know the Club was subsequently suspended from the Conservative Party and to this day it has no official status as regards the Conservatives.
    As for the Liberals I’m surprised that you didn’t mention Lloyd George’s expression of admiration for Nazi Germany.
    I think that there is quite a lot of validity in the circle theory of politics (i.e. if you lean far enough to the left or the right one ends up going round in a circle which is, perhaps why the National Socialist German Worker’s Party described itself as neither of the left or the right).
    On a separate though related point there exist libertarians and authoritarians in both the Conservative and Labour parties. For example one can find opponents of a national identity card scheme together with supporters in both major parties. Again the proposal to let Internet Service Providers store the data of their users has received support and opposition from both Conservative and Labour MPs.

  5. Editor Says:

    Reblogged this on kickingthecat.

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