The Evidence That Britons And Americans Are Living In Fascist Countries

Vernon Coleman

Fascism was invented by Benito Mussolini. Here is how he defined it:

`Liberalism denied the state in the name of the individual; fascism reasserts the rights of the state as expressing the real essence of the individual.'

He also pointed out that: `the more complicated the forms of civilisation, the more restricted the freedom of the individual must become.'

Today, both America and Britain have fascist Governments. Fascism reduces our freedom and privacy because only the state really matters and the state (and those who work for it and control it) take precedence over everyone and everything else.

: the state comes first and the people come second. The state's employees exist to defend the state (rather than to care for the people) and their loyalties are to the state. That's the fundamental difference between a fascist state and any sort of democracy.

Democratic states provide leadership; representing the people in the nation's relations with other countries and making decisions designed to protect the safety of the citizens. They also manage the infrastructure without which no country can survive; providing services which can not properly be provided by individuals within communities.

Any time a government does anything that isn't protecting the lives, liberty and property of its citizens it is exceeding its authority.

Running an army is an essential government activity. Providing a decent transport infrastructure (roads and railways) is an essential government activity. Starting wars for no good reason is not within the remit of a proper government.

Politicians in the world's two largest fascist countries, who were hired to protect individual citizens, have adopted policies designed to exploit the citizens and to take advantage of them. Politicians who were elected to look after the voters now expose the people they are paid to look after to increased danger. These fascist governments exists to protect their own survival (and the survival of the politicians) rather than to protect the interests of the electorate.

The people didn't want to go to war with Iraq. Parliament didn't want to go to war with Iraq. It was always clear that going to war with Iraq would dramatically increase - not reduce - the danger to individual citizens. (Decent countries don't start wars unless they are necessary for the defence of the realm.)

In the end Britain went to war with Iraq because it suited Blair's personal agenda. We went to war with Iraq so that he could ingratiate himself with Bush and other powerful Americans and, therefore, ensure for himself a more than ample income on his retirement.

The micro management fascist style of government favoured by the British Labour party has led to another dramatic change in the way people behave. The Government's programme of welfare support and its blind enthusiasm for means-testing mean that increasing numbers of people are now content to lie back and let their nation look after them. Instead of encouraging and rewarding self-sufficiency we are encouraging dependence. This is not going to be easy to cure and is almost certain to get considerably worse before it gets better. There are millions of citizens in Britain today who genuinely believe that the State owes them a living. They seem to assume that the State has a duty to provide them with money and services, and they never seem to question the origin of either. Their dependence on the State is the reason for their loyalty to the State. They will keep voting for the fascist state because it cares for them.

Here are some very specific examples of the fascist state in action:

1. A woman who read out the names of British soldiers who had died in Iraq was arrested.

2. An animal rights campaigner, peacefully inviting passers-by to look at his leaflets about vivisection was reported by the police for a breach of the 1824 Vagrancy Act because he `attempted to obtain or gather alms by exposing wounds or deformities'. It took three policemen and two community support officers to invoke the 1824 Act (which was originally designed to stop soldiers who had returned from the Napoleonic Wars displaying their tattered limbs in the street in an attempt to beg for money for food) and to take away the campaigners animal rights material.

3. A heckler who dared shout out Nonsense during a speech by the hideous Jack Straw at the 2005 Labour Party Conference was manhandled and forcibly ejected from the building by two stewards (one of them a professional bouncer). He had his security pass confiscated. The 82-year-old Jewish refugee of Nazi Germany, mildly diabetic and hard of hearing, was detained under the Terrorism Act when he tried to re-enter the hall.

4. A woman who wore a T-shirt carrying the words `Bollocks to Blair' was taken away by police.

5. A woman who said on the radio that she did not believe homosexuals should be allowed to adopt children was contacted by the police who told her that she had been responsible for a homophobic incident - which they regarded as a priority crime.

6. When the Chinese leader last visited Britain, people concerned about China's record on human rights wanted to protest peacefully. They were dragged away by police to avoid embarrassing the Chinese leader.

7. Six students at Lancaster University were prosecuted for demonstrating on their own campus. The students were charged with `aggravated trespass' after they heckled at a corporate conference held in one of the University's buildings attended by representatives of an arms dealer, an oil company and a drug company. The protestors, who were accused of interrupting a speech by Lord Sainsbury of Turville (the Labour Government's Science Minister) said that they were concerned about the commercialisation of research. One of the students was arrested immediately after the protest, the other five were summonsed five months later.

8. The British Government has brought in endless European laws which are not wanted by the British people. It is planning to break up England into nine regions. No one has ever been given the opportunity to vote for this. Voters in the North East of England were given the chance to vote for or against a Regional Parliament. They rejected the Regional Parliament. But all nine new regions of England have had secret Parliaments for years. The vote was an undemocratic nonsense.

9. A footballer in Scotland was arrested for making the sign of the cross.

10. During the European elections a pensioner put up a poster on which he wrote: `Free speech for England. Don't forget the 1945 war.' He was arrested and charged with racially aggravated criminal damage.

11. There are around four million surveillance cameras in Britain. That is more than six per square mile. Only Monaco (where every square inch of the principality is under 24 hour Government video surveillance) has more cameras. It won't be long before Britain catches up since our Government is having more cameras installed every day. The evidence shows that they don't help the police catch criminals and they don't prevent crime. CCTV cameras are the main reason why so many city-centre thugs now wander around wearing hooded jackets.

12. A group of excited schoolchildren, visiting London for the day to take photographs in aid of charity, were marched away when they tried to take photographs of Trafalgar Square.

There are dozens more examples of practical fascism in action in my book Living In A Fascist Country. The police in Britain are allowed to shoot innocent people with impunity. They can drive at 159 mph without even having points put on their licence. The Government has brought in so many oppressive new laws that not even the lawyers can keep up with them. It's difficult even for decent citizens to avoid breaking the law on an almost daily basis.

And day by day it's getting worse.

Vernon Coleman is the author of Living In A Fascist Country, published by Blue Books (346 pp). Advertisements for Living In A Fascist Country have been banned in the United Kingdom. Available from the shop on this website. From other webshops. And from terrestial bookshops. Or direct from Publishing House (see contact details on this website). Tel 00 44 (0) 1271 328892.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2006