I Call Bullshit…Fascism, (Strike 1.)

It’s been a very long time since I actually wrote anything on here, I think I got somewhat caught up in the ease with which photography blogs can look more polished than writing ones without quite so much effort.

Don’t get me wrong, photography is a perfectly arduous art, I’m just not that good, so for me it’s more of a click-the-button-see-what-happens kind of process – hardly masterpieces in the making I fear. Basically, if I’m honest, there’s not much blood sweat and tears going into this thing, and it’s about time there was.

And what better way to start than with one of my favourite topics:

Idiots. Affected, sanctimonious idiots with their great, clunking, ignorant belief that the louder you shout the more you’re saying, when in actual fact what happens is you’re drowning out those voices which so need to be heard.

As everybody is well aware, there have been yet more protests and strikes today as a result of the cuts proposed by our government. And boy were the idiots out in full force!

Let me just make one thing categorically clear: I’m in absolute and full support of the striking, I cannot abide Cameron and his snotty seagull face any more than the next Sussex University indoctrinated Brightonian.

But you can shove your calls of “fascism” up your arses.

Ignorantly bandying about extremist buzzwords not only devalues everything today was meant to demonstrate, but also the very real fights against fascism going on around the world.

Watching the march go past should have been a rousing and unifying affair, yet everywhere I looked there were huge billboards emblazoned with “Down with Facsism!” and the like. I know the nation has problems, right; really quite substantial ones: the government is a bunch of power-hungry liars (yes, Nick Clegg, I’m still looking at you); and – terrifyingly – for the more pop-political among us – we only know as much as our incestuous media presents us with…BUT FASCISTS THEY ARE NOT.

Definition of FASCISM

fas·cism

noun \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\

1
often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2
: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

Do we have one of the most multicultural societies in the Western World? Yes

Do we get to vote our own government into power? Yes (I do believe that the voting system needs a huge overhaul but it’s hardly dictatorial now, is it?)

Do we suffer from the forcible suppression of opposition to our government and its plans? The simple facts that the population of Britain is allowed to take to the streets in protest today, and I am allowed to write a public post calling Cameron a snotty seagull face, suggests that we do not.

It’s a sad day indeed when the romance and freedom of protestation utterly destroys the issues at its very heart.

I actually implore you not to forget that thousands of people have been dying around the world this year, fighting for the simple right just to have a right in their own country. How dare anyone suggest that our fight is the same?

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Once again, I am not – in any way – devaluing the root of today’s striking; I just truly believe that if the issue was expressed and dealt with in solidarity with the people it affects, rather than being used as a platform for abstracted, exaggerated struggles, it might help – just a little bit.

And even if it didn’t, I still wouldn’t have to listen to idiots being idiots, and I can’t argue with that.

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