The Evidence That
Britons And Americans Are Living In Fascist Countries
Fascism was invented by Benito Mussolini. Here is how he
`Liberalism denied the state in the name of the individual;
fascism reasserts the rights of the state as expressing the real essence of the
He also pointed out that: `the more complicated the forms of
civilisation, the more restricted the freedom of the individual must
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.
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
Any time a government does anything that isn't
protecting the lives, liberty and property of its citizens it is exceeding its
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
9. A footballer in Scotland was arrested for making the sign of
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.
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
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
And day by day it's getting worse.
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
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Copyright Vernon Coleman 2006