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I have little idea what, if anything, can be done about this problem in America. In Britain, there also appears to be little that can be done.
The one light in the darkness in Britain was the referendum vote to leave the European Union. An odd light I grant you but a light nevertheless.
Whether such a decision proves to be good or bad or somewhere in between is of little consequence. At least regarding the far left or far right. It was one decision the British people made that both had to swallow whether they liked it or not.
What is of consequence is that the referendum allowed ordinary people to express a view the far left, among others, hated. Although even that is not entirely accurate as some of the far left wanted to leave. It was the fact that ordinary people were given a free expression that both sides hated.
It has to be said though, that in Britain at least, the far left are far more against freedom of expression unless it’s their view of the world.
British politics is a bloody mess at the moment. Extremes everywhere you look.
A particular worry is Britain’s universities where, clearly, young people go to learn and further their academic abilities with a hopeful view to gaining excellent qualifications thereby allowing them a better chance of a high earning career once they leave.
Britain’s Daily Telegraph printed an article that contained the following alarming claim.
Last month Sussex University was accused of undermining free speech after one of its leading professors held a workshop for academic staff of how to “deal with right-wing attitudes in the classroom.
The event stoked controversy among students and staff, who complained that the institution was revealing its political bias.
The workshop, titled “Dealing with right-wing attitudes and politics in the classroom” had been advertised on posters around the university.
The debacle prompted the university’s vice chancellor to write to all students and staff urging them to “challenge each other in such a way that respects different opinions and voices”.
You see so-called ‘right wing’ views are no better nor worse than so-called ‘left wing’ views. They differ clearly but neither are illegal nor evil.
Far left and far right views are a whole different ball game of course.
So, whilst Britain has a Conservative government which is, technically at least, the right of center, it’s main opposition party, Labour, is currently drifting away from ‘left of center’ at a rate of knots and becoming increasingly ‘far left’.
Brexit is often perceived as a ‘right wing’ victory and, certainly, the right of center UKIP party wanted it but, slightly oddly, so did many of the left – at least those nearer to the far left.
Britain is not, at the moment, in the grip of the far left but, as young people in universities are increasingly taught that anything vaguely considered ‘right wing’ is wrong and evil, there is a very real danger that, in a relatively short time, Britain could actually have a very left-wing government indeed.
If we were talking the old style socialism of Harold Wilson and ‘Sunny’ Jim Callaghan’s 1960’s and 1970’s Labour then that would be bad. It didn’t work then and, undoubtedly, it wouldn’t work now. It’s been tried, tested and found severely wanting. However, it wouldn’t cause mayhem quite on the scale that a far left Labour government would.
Far right or far left governments are invariably terrible for the people of whichever country they run. Always have been always will.
That isn’t to say center right or center-left governments are fantastic by any means. It’s more a case of they do less harm to everything and that’s probably the best we can expect.
Political correctness is certainly a scourge on Britain at the moment but it would be as nothing if a far left government was elected. (A far-right government isn’t even close to any political horizon).
If America thinks the Trump government is extreme right wing they’ve seen nothing yet if Britain, in the not too distant future, swings politically to the far left.
It is a very real and present danger. You only have to see what is happening at so many of our universities and understand how young people are being unduly influenced by far-left rhetoric. They are there to learn but what are they learning?
MadMikesAmerica is, by nature, a liberal place. Liberals, by nature, are generally considered politically left of center as, I believe, are your Democrats. That’s fine and dandy.
Political extremes are dangerous. Left or right. Trumps America seems to have veered to the right to an alarming extent. Increasingly though, it does seem as though the steam is running out if only because of most Americans, who, once they stop and think, are not by nature politically extreme.
Memories of WWII are still too fresh for any genuinely far-right political party to survive long in power in western democracies.
We must remember that and fight against any kind of extremism. If we don’t, one day, we may be silenced not, I suspect, by idiots like Trump but by far-left zealots who cannot abide any worldview other than their own.
In Britain it is not the far right who are rising, it is the far left.