The elites in Greece are perhaps now discovering something I've been pushing for quite a while:
If you call everyone who wants to preserve demographic and cultural hegemony in their own country Nazis, don't be too terribly surprised when something awfully close to Nazis pops up as a real viable party. Also, if you let the antifa streetfight with them with impunity, don't be surprised if they get good at defending themselves. And don't be surprised if they adopt some of the snazzy trappings of the Third Reich.
They probably don't want to avenge their humiliation in WWI by the French at Versailles. They probably also don't want to claim lebensraum in the Soviet Union and exterminate lots of Slavs either.
Honestly speaking, most governments today have the fascist negatives without any of the fascist positives. I mean---lots of 'invade the world'...lots of 'in hock to the world', plenty of crony capitalism and socialized losses with privatized gains. Lots of socialism with transfer payments and the like. Plenty of pious environmental rhetoric. Only the scapegoats have changed really (some scapegoats, like 'Speculators' seem eternal, regardless of who is doing the scapegoating).
I suspect that I'd hate the Golden Dawn less than most of the other Greek parties. They're even calling for what amounts to Operation Wetback (how would that translate into Greek, anyway?).
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If you call everyone who wants to preserve demographic and cultural hegemony in their own country Nazis, don't be too terribly surprised when something awfully close to Nazis pops up as a real viable party.
Yes, this. It's a little like hyper-inflation or a currency crisis. You can go along for a long time debasing your currency, and it works pretty well. You can keep stealing from people by gradually making their currency worth less, and they will take it for a long time. But, then, suddenly, they don't take it any more, and try to use some other currency instead, causing hyperinflation/crisis.
Similarly, you can gradually debase words like Nazi and racist, using their negative connotations to forbid ever more objectively benign behavior and beliefs. People will go along with you. Then, a tipping point is passed, and they suddenly say "Yeah, I'm a racist, you have a problem with that?" And, of course, the big winners in this are the actual Nazis.
Lefties seem to have a strange inability to believe that this dynamic exists or is important.
Yes, unpleasant things may happen when the only party that will protect your demographic hegemony requires that every meeting be opened with a rousing chorus of the Hoerst Wessel Lied. But that's what happens when you equate the mainstream beliefs of 1900-1965 with Nazis.
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