Monday 26 September 2022
The Italian Job
Giorgia Meloni is going to become Prime Minister with an awful lot more votes than Liz Truss did. She is going to succeed Mario Draghi because the liberal bourgeoisie always keeps Fascism in reserve for when it might ever face any serious demand to share its economic or social power with anyone who did not have it before the rise of the bourgeois liberal order, or to share its cultural or political power with anyone at all.
In my day, and no doubt still, A-level History students used to have to unlearn the GCSE fiction that Nazism had been a working-class phenomenon. Nor is Fascism a product of traditional conservatism, whatever alliances it may forge, or whatever symbolism it may adopt. Rather, it came as no surprise when Emmanuel Macron's supporters gave two of the six Vice-Presidencies of the National Assembly to Marine Le Pen's.
Consider the growing authoritarianism of Justin Trudeau's Canada. Consider the tendencies of Truss and of Joe Biden. Consider the records of Kamala Harris and of Keir Starmer. Such is the Franco-American republican tradition that arose from the international transmission of English Whiggery through the Masonic Lodges.
Meloni wants to leave the Belt and Road Initiative because, like Truss and Biden, she supports the Taiwanese independence that is not the position of Taiwan, and which is a surefire sign of knowing absolutely nothing about the subject.
Like them, she is also extremely supportive of Volodymyr Zelensky, as well she might be, considering his dependence on Svoboda, Pravy Sektor, the National Corps, C14, the Azov Battalion, the Aidar Battalion, the Donbas Battalion, the Dnipro-1 Battalion, the Dnipro-2 Battalion, and all the rest of them. To side with him is to side with them and to side with her. And so on, in a circle.
Speaking of circles, it is a matter of constitutional significance that the Prime Minister may be a collared sub, with all the obligations under which that would place her. The question needs to be asked on the floor of the House of Commons.
Truss and Meloni are of course also close allies of Narendra Modi, with Truss's party having actively cultivated Hindutva supporters, to considerable electoral benefit. There is now a stated policy of importing as many of them as possible in order to shore up the Conservatives' electoral base, but Starmer is vying to outdo that.
The Right cannot claim to have no side in the communal battles between Hindus and Muslims, battles that never used to be fought in Britain. One side overwhelmingly votes Conservative, while the Labour Party now desperately wants that same side to vote Labour instead. Having imported both the Hindutva of their beloved Modi, and the Wahhabism of their beloved Saudi Arabia, the Conservatives and the Labour Right are on both sides, although they do strongly prefer Hindus to Muslims when the Muslims are South Asian.
Keep saying that both Truss and Starmer want to import Hindutva supporters, as such, both to vote for their parties and to keep those parties ideologically sound. For their numbers, high caste Hindus with links to the BJP and the RSS, the organisations behind the riots in the Midlands, have already had staggering success in attaining Cabinet rank in Britain. Watch out for the same sort of thing in Italy.