This article is taken from the October 2021 issue of The Critic. To get the full magazine why not subscribe? Right now we’re offering five issue for just £10.
If all opinions that I disagree with were made illegal, fascism would be over.
Under the current tyranny of “free speech”, bigots feel emboldened to harass me online with their calls for “debate” and “discussion”. Luckily, the police have been monitoring bad opinions on social media for quite some time, which is far more important than all this so-called “knife crime”. A stab wound might be unpleasant, but at least it can’t be retweeted.
Judith Butler, the world’s leading expert in Gender Studies (the only academic subject that actually matters), recently declared that gender-critical feminism is “one of the most dominant strains of fascism of our time”. This means that anyone who believes there are biological differences between men and women is literally a Nazi.
A sure-fire method of winning an argument is to use the language of critical theory
Butler is the best writer of all time, and I know this because people rarely understand what she is going on about. As activists, we have always understood that a sure-fire method of winning an argument is to use the language of critical theory. As you read this, I assume that the accelerated oscillation of your cervical vertebrae signifies a ratification of your ideological concordance with my intersectional critique of white male hegemony and a simultaneous negation of the potentiality of its repudiation. In other words, you are nodding because you agree.
Sometimes people claim that accusations of fascism require proof in order to be taken seriously. But this is exactly what a fascist would say. Always remember that asking for evidence of fascism is evidence of fascism. In fact, all these statistics and studies that show that fascism is in terminal decline are simply proof that it’s more prevalent than ever.
The Brexit vote revealed that most fascists are working-class, elderly or living outside of London. I see the M25 very much as a modern-day Maginot Line, keeping out the invading hordes. As someone who often does outreach work in working-class areas like Doncaster and Wales, I know what I’m talking about.
Anyone who has the courage to stand up to these monsters deserves as much respect as whoever it was who killed Hitler.
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